2020 Winners

Courtesy of Ann Anger Johansson

Ann Inger Johansson

Ann Inger Johansson is an award-winning photographer with a focus on documenting the causes, effects, impacts and solutions of climate change globally. Scientific data informs what topics and locations she seeks out to photograph. Ann’s ultimate goal is to make all aspects of climate change more relatable on a personal level. Two series from Ann's work was selected for the BarTur Photo Award 2020; Climate Change Connected - Altered Landscapes and Coal.

Professional: Winning Entry: Climate Change Connected - Altered Landscapes


Courtesy of Ann Inger Johansson

Courtesy of Ann Inger Johansson

With Climate Change Connected – Altered Landscapes, Ann is showing a cause such as the extraction and burning of oil, effects such as melting glaciers and drought and impacts of coastal erosion and wildfire destruction. 

In this series a climate change cause, the extraction and burning of oil, is visually linked to effects and impacts of climate change. When we burn fossil fuels such as oil greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming are released. As global temperatures rise we see the effects of melting glaciers and drought around the world. With more water in motion we are feeling the impacts of rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding. And with drier landscapes we are seeing more wildfires. These altered landscapes are all connected to climate change. 

Professional: Winning Entry: The Face of Coal


Coal is visible everywhere in and around the coal capital Dhanbad, in the state of Jharkhand, India. Many people are directly employed in the mining and processing of coal. A thriving black market supports scavengers and people who transport coal illegally on roads and rivers. Others come in touch with coal as they need coal to run businesses like restaurants and blacksmith shops. Coal is also the main source to fuel stoves and heat homes in this area where many households still lack electricity and running water. Coal use is deeply ingrained in this society.

Dhanbad is the second most populous city in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Dhanbad ranks 33rd largest city in India and ranks 42nd largest million-plus urban agglomeration in India. It has been ranked 94th among 111 cities for Ease of Living Index and is 96th fastest growing urban area of world by City Mayors. Dhanbad shares its land borders with Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal. Dhanbad is also called Coal Capital of India for housing one of the largest coal mines of India. The prestigious institute, Indian School of Mines (now IIT) is also situated in Dhanbad.

COVID-19 Reflections...


In California, a state wide “Safer at Home” public order took effect March 19th where everyone except essential workers is asked to isolate themselves in their residences. This series, shot with a drone, shows some of the places and activities that are closed down.


COVID19 Reflections...

Modified Sunday schedule

In California a state wide “Safer at Home” public order took effect March 19th where everyone except essential workers is asked to isolate themselves in their residences. Shortly thereafter, a modified Sunday schedule took effect for the Los Angeles metro system in response to the diminished ridership. The essential workers, many of them medical workers, as well as the many homeless people who do ride the Metro are for the most part able to keep their distances from others.

COVID19 Reflections...


While COVID 19 is running rampant out there my movements are limited to what I can do inside my home. Waking up to each new day expecting nothing new.  My world has been diminished to what I can see outside my windows. As my world has shrunk minutia has become relevant. The slow motion of the sun. Neighbors meeting across balconies. The marine layer closing in. Hour by hour. Day by day. 


In California a state wide “Safer at Home” public order took effect March 19th where everyone except essential workers is asked to isolate themselves in their residences. We can only go out to shop for groceries or to take walks while keeping our distance from others. 


I self-quarantined a few days earlier after passing through Dallas airport where they had just begun screening travelers from Europe for COVID 19. The screenings caused a backup with thousands of people waiting in close proximity to each other for hours. I thought that if one person had the virus entering that building many more walked out with it and I was worried about passing it on to others. That was 50 days ago – and counting.


Contained is a grid of the view through six window panes, hour by hour, 24 hours a day for 50 days.

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