TEHRAN — “White and Colorful” by Iranian photographer Mohammadreza Masumi has won the 13th edition of the Greenstorm Global Photography Award, organizers announced last week.
The award is organized annually in collaboration with the Greenstorm Foundation in Koch, India, together with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
The theme for this year’s competition was “Restoring the Greenline” based on UNEP’s theme for World Environment Day 2021 – Restoring Ecosystems.
“White and Colorful” was selected as the winner by a public poll attended by thousands of photography enthusiasts and laypeople around the world.
“Masumi’s winning artwork depicts a stunning view of a man-made forest in Iran stretching across the Khalkhal region. It shows a remarkable human attempt to restore the balance of nature by revitalizing the environment,” the Greenstorm Foundation said in a press release.
The photo has already won the gold medal of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) at the 2nd Issyk-Kul International Photography Exhibition in Kyrgyzstan.
The Greenstorm Foundation also announced Jophel Botero Ybiosa from the Philippines as the first runner-up, while Hadi Dehqanpur, also from Iran, was chosen as the second runner-up for the award.
Speaking at the award ceremony, former international diplomat and MP for Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Shashi Tharoor said environmental degradation affects everyone regardless of political or ideological affiliations.
“They have cross-sectoral implications, public health dimensions, impact on India’s economy and workforce today. Solving this crisis may well turn out to be the most important moonshot of our generation,” he noted.
Twenty-five photographs curated by a distinguished jury consisting of Jury President Prathap Suthan from New Delhi, Mumbai-based wildlife photographer Aishwarya Sridhar and landscape architect Michael Little from Bengaluru competed for the prizes.
The photos were chosen from 3,519 submissions by photographers from 42 countries, including the United States, England, Canada, Algeria, Brazil, Iran, Malaysia, South Korea, Morocco and Vietnam.
The Greenstorm Foundation is a non-profit public trust created to influence appropriate behavioral change in people through the power of creativity.
Photo: “White and Colorful” by photographer Mohammadreza Masumi won the 13th edition of the Greenstorm Global Photography Award in Kochi, India.