Michele Palazzi: Environmental Photographer Of The Year

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is delighted to announce that Michele Palazzi has been awarded the Environmental Photographer of the Year Award 2013 for his image entitled Gone with the Dust #02. His striking and emotive prize-winning image shows a young boy dressed as Spider-Man, and his sister, stuck in a sandstorm in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert.

Palazzi, who is from Rome, Italy, was awarded £5,000 by CIWEM’s President, Paul Hillman, at a private awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society on 9 April 2013.

CIWEM’s Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and video. Honouring amateurs and professionals of all ages, it provides an opportunity for photographers to share images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to climate change and social inequality.

This powerful and thought provoking exhibition of outstanding environmental, social and natural photographs by international photographers and filmmakers will be on display at the Royal Geographical Society, London from 10 April – 3 May 2013, touring to Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Forestry Commission England, in Cumbria from 25 May – 1 September 2013, culminating at CIWEM’s new headquarters, conference and members’ facility in Farringdon, London in Autumn 2013.


1. Michele Palazzi, Gone with the Dust #02 (First Prize).
2. Alamsyah Rauf – Taken in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, a farmer dries rice in the hot sun.
3. Steve Brockett – Designer housing lies almost empty unsold after the housing boom ends in Spain; just some of the estimated 1.2 million empty properties that Spain has on offer. This estate near the coast is eerily quiet with only a few properties occupied.
4. Steve Brockett – Villas surrounded by a sea of intensive green houses in southern Spain.
5. Alessandro Grassani – A child walking on the streets of the Gher District. In Ulaan Baator, a huge number of children are not able to attend the school because of the extremely poor conditions of their families. 2008 became the point of no return – for the first time in history there are more people living in cities than in rural areas.
6. Alessandro Grassani – 29 year old Erdene Tuya hauls a sheep lost to the dzud to a small burial ground close to their yurt. In Mongolia’s Arkhangai province, the Tsamba family lives on the edge, struggling through harsh winters alongside their herds.
7. Igor F. Petkovic – During my research travel through western Africa on the topic of waste and recycling, I focused on children at dump sites. Through my series “Trashfighters”, I wanted to show the living realities of these people, fighting on the waste for their everyday survival.



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