This year, in partnership with the World Health Organization, Climate Tracker organized a photo contest to highlight the impacts of climate change on people’s health.
We received strong submissions from 563 participants on five topics: climate-induced disasters, air pollution, food security, migration and vector-borne diseases.
After reviewing all the submissions carefully, we are happy to present the best 8 photographers of this contest!
ANDRÉS VALENZUELA, COLOMBIA
“This series of photographs is a tribute to thousands of rural families in Colombia who, despite the daily difficulties related to poverty, climate change, violence and the impact of private industries, continue fighting for their survival in different towns of the country. Climate change has affected many hectares of crops of fruits, vegetables, and grains, due to the lack of water due to the warming of soils in some areas of Colombian territory. This does not happen all year, but the seasons of drought affect the sowing and the work of many farmers who depend on the benefits of nature. The photographs were taken in different places in Colombia: Ciénaga de Oro, Cereté, Córdoba y Villa Pinzón.”
MONIRUZZAMAN SAZAL, BANGLADESH
“Due to massive climatic change effect many inland areas are corrosion under river in Bangladesh.Due to river corrosion, hundreds and thousands of people lose their homes and agricultural lands every year in Bangladesh. Nature has always been cruel to them- crueler than our imagination. Like all of us, they also have dreams, but unlike ours, their dreams always turn into nightmares. But that cannot restrain them from being positive about life. They live with only hope. Perhaps, their only hope to get rid of this problem is to be hopeful. From birth till death, this never-ending struggle continues where they themselves are their only saviors. The untold stories of sufferings deep inside those sparkling eyes, the origin of their unfaltering nature. The more nature takes away from them, the more they get prepared to give away. Though their lives belong to the core of uncertainty, they still occupy their position in the core of hopefulness.”
ALLAN JAY QUESADA, PHILIPPINES
“First photo: taken in Las Pinas City, Philippines. August 19, 2013. This is a picture of a flood in our neighborhood in Las Pinas, brought by Habagat or the southwest monsoon. This was the 1st time we experience this kind of flood and so many residents were caught unprepared for the risks. In this shot, a pregnant woman is being assisted out of the flood with a wooden door as her improvised boat.
Second photo: taken in Batangas, Philippines. October 27, 2012. This was taken in an old park’s line of huts. Now, the huts are submerged in lake water because of the increased water height of Lake Taal.
Third photo: Taken in Tacloban City, Philippines. June 09, 2014. This is a picture of a community in Tacloban after the Typhoon Haiyan or locally known as Yolanda. The victims of the super typhoon faced issues on sourcing clean water even months after the calamity.”
SHANTH KUMAR, INDIA
“‘Losing Ground to Manmade Disasters’, which depicts the damage being wrought on the coastline at Chennai and Mumbai, the biggest metropolis in Southern and western India, by a combination of man-made and natural forces. This picture, taken in Chennai and Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, shows the type of damage that a combination of man-made and natural forces is wreaking on the coastline. Untreated chemical effluents from factories make for the sort of foamy substance that has fatal consequences for coastal and marine flora, which are instrumental in protecting the coastline from erosion.
Without their protection, the natural forces that cause erosion, wave and current activity, storms and tides have an unbroken run of the coastline. A fisherman looks helplessly as sea waves slowly destroy his one-room house on Ennore beach, around 22 kilometres north of Chennai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The photo is a part of a series on sea erosion. Arumugam’s three neighbours already lost their houses to sea erosion. While Arumugam waits for relief from the government, the sea is advancing by the day in the industrial town of Ennore.”
JASHIM SALAM, BANGLADESH
“In the past few years, climate change has begun to take a major toll on my home city of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Tidal surge as water levels rising significantly above the tide levels that astronomy predicts – has begun to affect the city as much as twice a day, resulting in frequent flooding of residential and business areas. Chittagong, the second-largest city in the country, is densely populated by people from all over Bangladesh who have come to the city to make a living, leaving areas plagued by river erosion, lack of jobs, and natural disasters such as cyclones.
As they become refugees in this mega-city, however, they still find it difficult to deal with these recent onsets of climate change; the effects upon as large of a city as Chittagong are alarming. Locals such as myself are growing increasingly concerned, as we all may have to shift from our original localities due to this excess of water. The effects of climate change on rising sea levels and sea surface temperatures, resulting in greater instances of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal have brought a sudden vulnerability to the lives and livelihoods of people living in coastal areas. Chittagong and Khulna, two major ports and business cities, are greatly threatened.
The most heavily affected places are the old parts of Chittagong, like Chaktai, Khatunganj, Bakolia, and Agrabad. If things continue to worsen, the business hubs of Chaktai and Khatunganj could become completely submerged in the near future. The millions of people living in these areas have to battle tidal surges sometimes twice a day. Prior to this sudden regularity, the only tidal surge in remembered history occurred during 1991, when a hurricane hit the coastal area of Chittagong. The new, frequent tidal surges are even higher than that in 1991 and can remain for days on end, causing great concern for the inhabitants.”
RICHARD DASSAH, GHANA
“Drying Water Source Due To Excessive Sunshine. The photo was taken on 7th April 2019. Location: Bamvim Community, Tamale in Northern Region of Ghana.
Climate change and its impacts are been recognized in Ghana especially with excessive rainfall, and excessive heat. These climate changes affect life and property. The excessive heat has been recorded is unprecedented and has resulted in a High prevalence of Meningitis, especially in the Northern regions, resulting in infant deaths. In the midst of this, a peri-Urban community in the Northern region, Bamvim, has all their drinking water drying up more than usual, due to excessive sunshine in 2019. Their only source of water is 10 minutes walk from the community. It serves the community members and their animals. After many years of looking up to the government for portable drinking water, the inhabitants and other surrounding communities have given up. They are faced with water born diseases, including Cholera and Diarrhoea.”
PRINCE LOYD BESORIO, PHILIPPINES
“The rice paddies of Lanao del Norte are greatly affected by El Nino phenomenon. Soil cracks are very observable making farmers extremely worried for their harvest. Farmers revisit their rice farms considering that pests start to dry and consume their grown rice.
The kids that seem happy but behind those smiles is the struggle for malnutrition. Andoy and his sister Nening are smiling on the camera despite the malnutrition they are experiencing. Farmers harvested their planted rice as early as the planned harvest schedule because of the El Nino.”
AVIJIT GHOSH, INDIA
“‘The Land Of Uncertainty’ This photo was taken on 28th August 2018 at Moushuni, an island Of West Bengal. A child clings to her mother’s breast amidst the storm. They stand risked on a meager part of the land where a few bricks show and the rest of the land is swept away by the tide.”