Syngenta Photography Award: Grow-Conserve

One of the biggest challenges facing humanity today is how we meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs – the challenge to grow, and conserve at the same time.

Photographers were invited to submit their responses to the theme, with entrants to the Professional Commission category offered a unique opportunity: to submit a proposal for a project that explores the theme in a more in-depth way.

The winning photographer, Yan Wang Preston, will receive support to carry out her proposed project, an expansion of her ‘Forest’ series, which explores ways in which new forests are created in Chinese cities according to traditional aesthetics: aesthetics that strive for an ideal harmony between man and his environment. The photographic series follows the journeys made by some of the old trees from their homeland to their new homes in the cities.

In addition to the work of the six finalists, the exhibition presents other thought-provoking and powerful responses from photographers who also entered, ranging from displacement due to conflict and climate change, urbanization and the impact on food security and human health; to the misuse of valuable resources and the growth in sustainable energy.

The 43 selected photographers provide a unique perspective on one of the greatest challenges the world faces and asks the question: Can we manage economic, social and technological growth in a way that supports the needs of today as well as for future generations?

Syngenta Photography Award: Grow-Conserve
Forest 1 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 2 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 3 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 4 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 5 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 6 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 7 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 8 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 9 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston
Forest 10 by Yan Wang Preston
Yan Wang Preston

Winner

Yan Wang Preston

First Prize Professional Commission

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Casey & Rowdy Horse Training, 71 Ranch by Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Tommy Trying to Shoot Coyotes, Big Springs Ranch by Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Baling Hay, Diamond Valley by Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Adam Killing a Cow, Mortensen Family Farm by Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Coal Storage TS Power Plant, Newmont Mining Corporation, Dunphy by Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Produced Water, Hamilton Dome Oil Field, Owl Creek by Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia
Open Pit, Newmount Mining Corporation, Carlin by Lucas Foglia
Lucas Foglia

Winner

Lucas Foglia

Second Prize Professional Commission

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Cerrado, Bahia by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe
Cerrado, Bahia by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe
Amazonia Forest, Amazonas by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe
Mata Atlantica, Rio De Janerio by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe
Amazonas, Rio Negro by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe
Pantanal, Mato Grosso by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe
Pantanal, Mato Grosso by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe
Mangue, Mato Grosso by Claudia Jaguaribe
Claudia Jaguaribe

Winner

Claudia Jaguaribe

Third Prize Professional Commission

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Sanwougou Lalle, Tonte Village
Kenneth O’Halloran
David Matandala Age 75, Harvesting Maize In Mlonda Village
Kenneth O’Halloran
Ouedraogo Baba, Age 45, In The Village Of Sika
Kenneth O’Halloran
Priest And Farmer, Tarku Desta Age 48, In Bueezuria Village
Kenneth O’Halloran
Scorched Earth Near Lake Bam, Located Near The Town Of Kongoussi
Kenneth O’Halloran
Fisherman Peter Chirwa Age 45 From Ngosi Village
Kenneth O’Halloran
Fisherman’s Nets Ngosi Village, Karonga
Kenneth O’Halloran

Winner

Kenneth O’Halloran

First Prize Open Competition

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Epona
Matt Hamon
Josh
Matt Hamon
Ania
Matt Hamon
Buffalo Bridge see their efforts as a way of honoring the bison through education and by utilizing as much of the animal as possible. here, josh assists a native american hunter as he carries a buffalo back strap from the hunting ground
Matt Hamon

Winner

Matt Hamon

Second Prize Open Competition

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Gaewern Slate Mine, Corris
Robin Friend
VW Graveyard, Chudleigh
Robin Friend
Storm Drain, Sheffield
Robin Friend
Birch & Steel, Brokenhurst
Robin Friend

Winner

Robin Friend

Third Prize Open Competition

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Selected Works

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Eric Tomberlin
Eric Tomberlin
Somerford grove adventure playground by Mark Neville
Mark Neville
Untitled by Akos Hegedus
Akos Hegedus

Our Future

There are more young people than ever before. Over 40% of the world’s population is under 25. Their future depends on the choices we make.

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Selected Works

Water Green Boulevard by Ryan Koopmans
Ryan Koopmans
Interchange by Ryan Koopmans
Ryan Koopmans
Zebra by Richard Allenby Pratt
Richard Allenby Pratt
Untitled by MD Farhad Rahman
MD Farhad Rahman
Untitled by Johann Rousselot
Johann Rousselot
Small workshop under the bridge by Alnis Stakle
Alnis Stakle
City Glow by Simon Wan
Simon Wan
Hic Sunt Leones by Tor Seidel
Tor Seidel

Liveable cities

Industrialization and advancing technology are producing more food, energy and consumer goods than ever before. The gains are immense: rising living standards and millions lifted out of extreme poverty. But there’s a price to pay, as economic growth fuels over-consumption, waste and pollution. The environment suffers – and so do human health and wellbeing. One death in every eight is caused by air pollution.

The challenge is to build liveable, sustainable cities that contribute to quality of life and the long-term protection of the environment, and exist in harmony with the rural communities that provide our food.

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Selected Works

Untitled by Akos Hegedus
Akos Hegedus
Untitled by Ian McNaught Davis
Ian McNaught Davis
Untitled by Ian McNaught Davis
Ian McNaught Davis
Living together by Rahendra Mohan Pandey
Rahendra Mohan Pandey
Life and lines by Probal Rashid
Probal Rashid
Stone diggers by David Verbreckt
David Verbreckt

Health & Wellbeing

Industrialization and advancing technology are producing more food, energy and consumer goods than ever before. The gains are immense: rising living standards and millions lifted out of extreme poverty. But there’s a price to pay, as economic growth fuels over-consumption, waste and pollution. The environment suffers – and so do human health and wellbeing. One death in every eight is caused by air pollution.

The challenge is to reap the benefits of growth sustainably: improving living standards without impairing quality of life, and making the most of our planet without damaging land, seas or the air we breathe.

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Selected Works

Ferrier Estate by Alan  McFetridge
Alan McFetridge
California City by Noritaka Minami
Noritaka Minami
Sedentary/Segmentary by Matteo Pasin
Matteo Pasin
The Unfinished Island Palm Deira by Tor Seidel
Tor Seidel
Saadiyat Island by Toby Smith
Toby Smith
Sharjah by Toby Smith
Toby Smith

Sustainable development

People are visionary when it comes to buildings – reclaiming land from sea, putting up palaces in the desert, and reaching for the sky. 128 skyscrapers were built around the world in 2016, more than any year before. If you put them one on top of the other they would stretch almost 19 miles – about the same as going from Heathrow Airport to Somerset House. Buildings are becoming greener, yet concrete is the most widely used synthetic material in the world – and one of the most environmentally unfriendly.

So how do we keep pace with the need for more and more buildings, yet make them friendly to people and the planet too?

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Selected Works

Cost of climate change by KM Asad
KM Asad
Cost of climate change by KM Asad
KM Asad
Untitled from Stateless series by Gohar  Dashti
Gohar Dashti
Untitled from Stateless series by Gohar  Dashti
Gohar Dashti
Home by Yiorgios Doukanaris
Yiorgios Doukanaris
Refugee camp in Bekaa valley by Jocelyne Saab
Jocelyne Saab
Refugee camp in Bekaa valley by Jocelyne Saab
Jocelyne Saab

Conflict & climate change

We’re living in an age of forced migration. People are on the move as never before, uprooted and forced out of their homes by wars, persecution and weather disasters often caused or made worse by climate change. Every minute on average, 84 children, women and men leave their homeland head for another country – 24 of them displaced by conflict and 60 forced out by disasters like floods or droughts.

The challenge is how to turn forced displacement into economic opportunity, both for the millions of families seeking a new life in another country, and for the countries receiving them.

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Selected Works

Pivotal by Kendall  McMinimy
Kendall McMinimy
Peru by David  Huamani
David Huamani
Peru by David  Huamani
David Huamani
Untitled by MD Farhad Rahman
MD Farhad Rahman
Brinjal by Guilhem Alandry
Guilhem Alandry
Mangoes in the Philippines by Guilhem Alandry
Guilhem Alandry
Untitled by Tommy Fung
Tommy Fung

Food Security

Too much and too little go side by side. So much depends on where you happen to live: one in nine people in the world are hungry at this moment, yet some industrial countries face an ‘obesity epidemic’. And in these nations it’s the poor, not the rich, who are more likely to be overweight. Food security isn’t just about growing ‘enough’ food. It’s about producing the right food, in the right quantity, at the right time, around the world.

How can consumers and businesses change their relationship with food, so that we feed our children, ourselves and our communities not just well, but wisely?

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Selected Works

Serge by Elena Anosova
Elena Anosova
Playground on the bank of Baikal on the edge of the island of Olkhon by Elena Anosova
Elena Anosova
Untitled by Trent Davis Bailey
Trent Davis Bailey
Karen by Trent Davis Bailey
Trent Davis Bailey
Amish farmer by Peter Essick
Peter Essick
Julie bakes bread for the Ardheia community in the clay oven by Ashley Fischer
Ashley Fischer
Transhumance by Susana Giron
Susana Giron

Culture & Community

In times of huge global change, culture and tradition connect people, reinforcing communities and enriching lives. Despite urgent global crises, we find time to care about culture and heritage because they give us a sense of belonging, a shared story. Culture is also a powerful economic driver. Creative industries provide nearly 30 million jobs worldwide – more than the car industry of Europe, Japan and the US combined.

The challenge is to connect and enrich societies even further to ensure continued prosperity and sense of belonging in the global value chain.

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Selected Works

Artic Climate Research by Anna Filipova
Anna Filipova
Cape Mongo - VHS by François Knoetze
François Knoetze
Owens Lake #3 by Jame Porschen
Jame Porschen
#4185 by Jamey Stillings
Jamey Stillings
#13323 by Jamey Stillings
Jamey Stillings
Untitled by Issac Temitope
Issac Temitope
Empty Aeration Tank by Brad Temkin
Brad Temkin

Rethinking resources

Two things our planet has in abundance: water and energy. Yet today, 40% of the global population is threatened by water scarcity and billions lack electricity or clean cooking fuels. The resources to meet these basic human needs are plentiful – but the way we harness them needs to change. Technology offers an ever-wider choice of solutions. Windpower has overtaken coal as the second largest source of power capacity in Europe and there’s growing recognition that waste water and sanitation waste should be recycled, not discarded.

The challenge is to connect and enrich societies even further to ensure continued prosperity and sense of belonging in the global value chain.

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