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
Dragon’s Blood trees, known locally as Dam al-Akhawain, or blood of the two brothers, on Socotra island.
Prized for its red medicinal sap, the Dragon’s Blood is the most striking of 900 plant species on the Socotra islands in the Arabian Sea, 380 km (238 miles) south of mainland Yemen.
Image Credit: Photograph by Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi / Reuters
Today’s Photo Of The Day is “The Watchman” by Douglas Croft. Location: Zion National Park, Utah.
“It looked as though sunset was going to be washed out by clouds, but then the sun sank below the overcast and still above the horizon,” says Croft.
“The face of The Watchman was lit for a few short minutes, and we were certainly glad we stuck around for it!”
Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and the OP Contests.
by Jo Blason
Stars shine over a landscape of embers burning in the wake of the North Fire, which has burned across 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land.
Image Credit: Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images
Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, Northern Jutland, Denmark.
This lighthouse was built on the top of a cliff in 1900 and ceased operating in 1968.
With coastal erosion and continually shifting sands a major problem in the area, it is anticipated that by 2023 the cliff will have been eroded so far that the lighthouse will fall into the sea.
Image Credit: Photograph by Elisabeth Coelfen/Dreamstime
California, United States.
The La Tuna Canyon fire, one of the largest wildfires ever in the history of the City of Los Angeles’ history.
Image Credit: Photograph by Kyle Grillot/Reuters.