As populations grow, technological advancements continue and climate change becomes a paramount issue, how do we conserve what we have for tomorrow’s generation? 43 international photographers from 22 countries highlight these prescient issues at the Syngenta Photography Award exhibition at London’s Somerset House.
Since its inception in 2012 by the leading agriculture company, Syngenta, the award has gained a reputation for raising awareness of crucial global issues through engaged, striking and narrative-based photography.
This year’s exhibition is no exception, with photographers exploring the challenges of pollution, city expansion, rural development, produce enterprise and displacement due to conflict.
Our dependency and influence on the environment is highlighted in Rajendra Mohan Pandey‘s images of Kolkata in West Bengal, where people who live along the river both rely on it for their daily needs as well as help keep it clean.
While other photographers highlight the unexpected beauty and synergy of urban expansion like Ryan Koopmans who captured an enormous intersection in the financial heart of Shanghai through the spherical glass floor of the Oriental Pearl Tower.
Also included are works by the six shortlisted finalists of the Professional Commission and Open Competition. They ‘illustrate how the tension between growing demand for more food, energy and resources is being challenged as populations grow.’
From Matthew Hamon‘s portrait of a Buffalo Bridge resident during the Native American Bison hunt near Yellowstone National Park to Lucas Foglia‘s series on cowboys and ranchers in Colorado, Montana, Nevada and New Mexico, each of the six photographers provides a very illuminating view of this ongoing issue.
The free Syngenta Photography Award exhibition is on at The West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA from March 9–28 2017.