Climate Change

Courtesy of Guy Reece

The existential risk of our century, and we are running out of time.

Climate change is the existential risk of our century, and we are running out of time. Our survival on this planet, and indeed the survival of any living thing on this planet is in question and somehow nothing seems to change. Slowed down by politics and greed, our leaders and institutions are making very little progress in saving the planet. Our own heedless lifestyles contribute to the degradation of our land, oceans, and atmosphere.
The BarTur Photo Award is looking for work that can bring issues of Climate Change back to the forefront of discussion and attention. We welcome work that is hard to digest, challenges our naivety, work that exposes the impact of our reckless actions on people, animals, land and ocean to make us stop and think… . 

Courtesy of Danial Khodaie

Great photographers are still at work, capturing beauty under threat, and drawing attention to the ravages of global warming. 


Here, Danial Khodaie, 2020 BTPA Student Winner presents the current situation in Iran's Khuzestan Provence of dust storms caused by the oil extraction drying up a local wetland. 


In his poignant series Five Degrees, Italian photojournalist, Federico Borella, shows us how  drought has led to an epidemic of suicide among Indian farmers in Tamil Nadu.  


The Israeli-born English photographer, Nadav Kander, traveled the length of the Yangtze River to see how the relentless pace of industrialization has changed life in China.  His photos document how the world’s third-longest river has become unfit for marine life and drinking water - and for poetry and meditation.


Dismayed by the devastation of coral reefs, Spanish artist Ana Maria Guerra combines corals – dead corals - with photography, photogrammetry, 3D printing and 3D animation.  Her witty Future Fossils are sculptures enshrining the dead corals in colorful technological coffins.

Chris Wainwright

The Climate Change theme is dedicated 

to Professor Chris Wainwright (1955 - 2017) was Pro Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London (2007 to 2016) and one of the founding members of the BarTur Award in 2011. Chris’ artistic practice encompassed photography, performance and installation to address pressing issues of climate change and he often worked with various institutions on research and artistic practice that explored how these environmental issues could be addressed worldwide. Every year one of our Climate Change Winners is awarded The Chris Wainwright Award for Climate Change, which is generously supported by Chris' widow, Anne Lydiat. 

Courtesy of Anne Lydiat