The Iranian photographer Saeed Mohammadzadeh has been named Ciwem’s environmental photographer of the year.
His haunting image of a beached boat on the solidified salty remains of Urmia Lake, illustrates how climate change, water mismanagement and drought have decimated the landscape.
This stunning image shows a ship sitting in salt in the Urmia Lake in Iran.
Climate change is intensifying the droughts that speed up evaporation in the country.
The lake is also suffering from illegal wells and a proliferation of dams and irrigation projects, causing it to shrink.
Noxious, salt-tinged dust storms inflame the eyes, skin, and lungs of residents in surrounding areas.
The drying up of the river is also destroying local habitats.
With extreme salinity levels of 340g per litre, the lake is more than eight times saltier than ocean water
Image Credit: Photograph by Saeed Mohammadzadeh/Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2018