This year the focus was on humans and their environment with overall winner, Hong Kong resident Chan Kwok Hung, producing a stunning image of homeless children in Nepal crying on the edge of survival.
He said: ‘The photo was taken in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal and is of two children who lived nearby to the junkyard with their grandmother. ‘Every day they searched the junkyard for something useful that they can resell for money so they can buy food.
‘If they don’t find anything their grandmother blamed them seriously. Unfortunately, they had found nothing for a few days, the little boy felt very hungry.
‘I gave them some money and a biscuit after taking this photo. But who knows who will help them afterwards.’
The 13 judges had to sort through over 10,000 entries from 105 nations, making this the most popular and high calibre year to date.
From children to the fish in the deep sea, these dramatic images captured our natural environemt with its beauty and despair.
Hung said: ‘I’m so proud that I am the winner of the Environmental Photographer of the Year Competition,’ he said. ‘This award is very important and meaningful to me because I can share my photo to the world.’
The judges heaped praise on Chan for the way he depicted the effect on humans that environmental damage causes.
Judge and chairman of the UK Environmental Agency, Lord Smith, said: ‘This is a very graphic image that captures the human impact of homelessness. Coupled with the mountain of rubbish, it links homelessness with the degradation of the environment.
‘Those around the world facing the greater environmental hazards are very often those facing acute poverty too.
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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – UNDATED: African penguins huddle together on the shores of a rocky point while fires burn on the slopes of the hottento holland mountains in Bettys Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa. Foto:
As children play in the foreground, pollution from steel and chemical plants dominates the sky in Enakievo, Ukraine. Foto: Friedman ( BULLS/EPOTY.ORG )