Below, you can browse the top shots from this year's Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer Photographer of the Year awards. These images and 60 others are on display at the Royal Geographical Societyin London through Aug. 21, 2016.
Sara Lindström won the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 prize for her image of an Alberta, Canada wildfire. "I came across this massive pinkish smoke plume rising high towards the sky. The big flames were thriving on the dry land and had me completely mesmerized in fear and awe."
Sandra Hoyn was awarded the Changing Climate Award for her image of life vests, inner tubes and rubber rafts on the north coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. The equipment dots the landscape as thousands of refugees have used them to cross to Greece from Turkey.
Double Disaster: Houses of tsunami survivors are washed away in sea erosion in Ennore near Nettukuppam in Chennai, India, in a photo by S L Shanth Kumar.
Luke Massey was named Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 for this shot. "Peregrines were extirpated in Illinois in the 1960s but in the 1980s a reintroduction program began and now 22 pairs nest in Chicago alone," Massey said. "One pair have chosen a Chicagoan's condo balcony as their nest site and in 2015 I followed them as they raised 4 chicks to fledging."
"The Salt Lake Urmia could be a symbol of what will happen soon to Iran -- it is going to be dried out," says photographer
Pedram Yazdani, who won the award for Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy. The biggest salt lake in the Middle East, it now contains only 10 percent of the original amount of water, as a result both of climate change, and of dam and well construction."