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Local focus, global challenges – The winners of a photography competition focused on global sustainability

Congratulations to the winners and shortlisted entries to this fabulous photography competition.

Particular congratulations to the public winner –  Bridey Borda from Plymouth College of Arts for her excellent winning picture Waste to Energy

Waste to Energy

Category: Public – Sustainable Plymouth

“My photograph represents a sustainable plymouth, as it shows the waste left over after the process that happens at Plymouth’s Incinerator. Incineration is helping reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, therefore lowering the amount of carbon emissions.” Brides Borda

You can see all the shortlisted photographs here: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/sustainable-earth/photo-competition

Local focus, global challenges A photography competition – The Sustainable Earth Institute – Open to all, focused on global sustainability

Sustainability challenges are global, but affect us locally.

Rail lines under increasing threat as sea levels rise, meaning South West of England could be disrupted for more than ten per cent of each year by 2040, bee numbers in decline globally due to habitat loss, pesticide use, and disease, and tiny plastic microbeads being released into waste water during each use of a domestic washing machine, with many of them likely to pass through sewage treatment and into the environment.

These are some of the greatest sustainability challenges we face today.

This competition opens on Monday 16 January 2017, and closes on Friday 31 March. 

Competition categories

This competition asks you to photograph environmental and sustainability challenges in the following categories:

  • Sustainable Plymouth
  • Sustainable South West

Themes within these categories include but are not limited to food, health and wellbeing, education, clean air and water, energy, and growth.

Prizes

  • Student winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Staff winner: £100 photography voucher
  • Public winner: £100 photography voucher and 2 free places at Sustainable Earth 2017 (29 and 30 June, Plymouth University)

Visit the website for more information

Submission instructions

Your photo, along with a 200 (max) word summary of how your photo represents sustainability should be sent to Kirsty Henderson no later than 12 noon on Friday 31 March 2017. Please send your email as an attachment or as a link on a file hosting website.

Please include the following information in your submission:

  • Full name and email address
  • Contact number
  • Title of your photo
  • Which category you are entering (Sustainable South West or Sustainable Plymouth)
  • If you’re a staff, student or a member of the public

Winners will be announced Monday 5 June 2017.

Terms and conditions are available on the website

Inescapable limits, Thomas Ball

Documenting the increased use of unconventional ‘dirty’ energy sources as well as excessive energy consumption, Thomas Ball’s photographs are a stark and honest portrayal of our short term use if the environment.

www.thomasballphoto.com

 

The Metabolic Landscape Perception, Practice and The Energy Transition

Buy Now: UK £19.95 US $29.95

The Metabolic Landscape navigates the disciplines of art, science and philosophy to picture and interpret the planet’s current state of ‘metabolic distress’.

Humankind’s search for more powerful sources of energy to sustain an urbanising existence has created an energy transition that, while hugely beneficial to human existence, is now being identified as a source of harm. Just as metabolic disease refers to energy-sourced medical problems, so too the planet, the authors propose, is showing increasing signs of metabolic distress.

The distinctive approaches of each author/artist within the book allow for a diverse and comprehensive discourse on these emerging themes of progressive ecological disturbance: Gina Glover’s work exploits atmospheric weather and ambient lighting conditions to draw attention to such energetic places and artefacts as coalfields in the Arctic, nuclear installations in France and hydraulic fracturing sites in the USA; Jessica Rayner observes how theories of the sun have varied according to the symbolic or scientific precepts of the day, drawing comparison between manufacturing, properties of the sun and changing theories of energy; and Geof Rayner constructs an accompanying textual narrative which shows how the energy transition has profound evolutionary consequences, not only for external nature, but how we see and interpret the landscape.

The Metabolic Landscape is a beautifully illustrated, fascinating and engaging exploration of the unfolding relationship between energy and the landscape, and our interpretation of it.

Authors
Gina Glover; Geof Rayner; Jessica Rayner

Paperback
128 pages
118 b/w and colour ills
21.0 x 28.0 cm
ISBN13: 978 1 908966 27 8

Tesla Sparks and Miniature Thunderstorms Photographed by Marc Simon Freiby

Marc Simon Freiby’s website shows photographs exploring electricity.

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Turbines make the world go round

Future Works

Two great images of ‘very old water turbines’ from Milford Mill, sent to us by project partner and Transition Belper leading light Ian Jackson:

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Images courtesy of Derbyshire Record Office, reference number D3638/59

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