Photo Competition: Climate Crisis. Climate Change becomes more and more visible. And we are facing a real crisis. Some studies show that we have five years to make drastic changes, necessary changes, if we want to continue living on this planet. Others give us a bit more.

Either way we do not have any more time and need to start acting now.

Native communities have been calling to put an end to destroying our earth for as long as colonialization has been going on and are still our planets strongest defenders.

How can all of us act together? How do you experience climate change where you live? What are the things that you would like to preserve? What are you or what is your community doing to prevent climate change and further destruction? See full call.

Photo Competition: Climate Crisis – winners:

The Photo Competition: Climate Crisis allowed for submissions in two different categories. Observation & Action. There’s seven winners in total. One single photo and two photo series in the category observation and two single photos in the category action.

Two photos, one observing, one documenting an action are bridging two categories and breaking them at the same time. They are proposing that the “intervention of queer thought is imperative to challenge normative ideas about nature” and that “developing queer ecologies and ecofeminism is, first of all, a tool we need to survive as marginalized communities, to construct our own spaces” as well as suggesting that questioning the status quo by bending “society’s frames is mandatory for a global migration toward a world without toxic dominations”.

Category I: observation

How does climate change make itself visible in your region? What are the effects of climate change that you experience? Show us where society, governments, all of us need to direct our attention. Show us the effects it has on your community’s and the environment’s well-being. Show us what is important to you and the places you would like to see preserved.

MITHAIL AFRIGE CHOWDHURY, 39 – BANGLADESH

Bangladesh is hit harder than almost any other country in the world by climate change despite emitting very little greenhouse gases. In fact it’s in 7th position on the climate change effect in the globe.Dhaka, the capital and only megacity of Bangladesh, is exposed to multiple types of climate- induced hazards including variations in temperature, excessive and erratic rainfall, water logging, flooding, cyclones, and heat and cold waves. These hazards negatively affect city life and livelihoods nearly every year and may worsen as they become coupled with non-climatic factors such as population density, poverty, rural-urban migration, illiteracy, unplanned urbanization and lack of public utilities and services. Immediate measures addressing climate induced vulnerabilities are necessary to the long-term sustainability of Dhaka.

NATHAN AVERY DEVON CHA, 23 – AUSTRIA

I conceived this oddly poetic sense of the world’s slow demise when travelling to Trieste, Italy some years ago. The array of seats installed for a cultural event, their striking blue colour, the rythm, the pacing – shapes. It all evoked images of the ocean, so very nearby. Plastic matter and the sea, as we are well aware of these days, pose a strong contrast, as the artificial human creation is an imminent threat to its wildlife and flora, reefs and ecosystemic balance.

My statement with these works is how we, humanity, have naturalised the use of plastic in our daily lives, even if it is anything but that. I hope for a de-poetic view on this material, a stop in romanticising its dangers – and that of many other human-made artificial products. We are not only what we create. We are the resources we are given and from which we derive sustainability.

The way we coexist with this fragile ecosystem; how we should preserve it at any cost.

E FLEMING – CANADA

This is one photo of a photo series taken in Yosemite in 2016 with my Diana Camera on redscale 120mm. 

It’s important to note that Yosemite is native land and the use of red film lends a viscous, bloody perspective of the Giant Sequoia that sadly, reflects the violence the settlers inflected. 

This photo series was first exhibited at Vane Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2017 and published in the Crimson Issue by Monstrous Regiment in 2018.

observation & action

FA WIJAYA, 29 – INDONESIA & JULES, 25 – FRANCE

FA WIJAYA: I had a date with someone somewhere in city center. Since it was too early to meet, I decided to walk a bit and later took a public transportation. On my walk, I found a tree wearing a bra. It is shocked me at the first glance but afterwards it came into a reflection on environmental crisis that recently occur. Indeed, it could be someone unintentionally or intentionally who put a bra on the tree. However, this is how people receive and reflect on what they think about our environment. Through toxic discourse such as binaries thinking and gendered nature, the human practices towards nature per se can be detrimental. This is what I thought that intervention of queer thought is imperative to challenge normative ideas about nature.

JULES: Actions are needed to face climate crisis, and one of the many possible actions is to open/change people’s minds on how to break society’s dynamics that lead to destruction of environments, including our. It is us, Queers and Feminists, who can make people aware of how patriarchy is at the root of Nature’s sacking through the sexist oppression society takes on them by misgendering “she”. How capitalism, in the name of profit, casts everything it can into normative molds. Don’t mistake, developing queer ecologies and ecofeminism is, first of all, tools we need to survive as marginalized communities, to construct our own spaces. But I believe that spreading these guidelines to bend society’s frames is mandatory for global migration toward a world without toxic dominations. – Posing with “Queer’In Nature” fanzine –

Category II: action

What are you or people in your community doing to prevent climate change? This can be people in action, picking up trash, organizing, going to demonstrations, speaking to politicians. But it can also be anything else. We want you to show us that we have a chance if we don’t stay silent, if we take action. We want you to show us that we have a chance if we make changes in our lives, bigger or smaller changes, according to our abilities. We want to highlight how amazing and strong we can be.

MARTYNA GART – POLAND

MARTYN GART – POLAND

I took this photo during intense protests against destroying Puszcza Białowieska in Poland. Government of Poland was logging old trees for income. It sparked a resistance from eco activist and citizens. Amazing people and activists had build a camp near Puszcza, community led, to stop harvesters and government. What is interesting, is the language used against eco activist – they were called eco terrorists, non-believers. In the same time camp for Puszcza was a safe space, welcoming to everyone – of every gender, sexual orientation, wealth, nationality.

ANUSHKA PERES, 33 – USA

Photo Competition Climate Crisis Submission - abstract flower
ANUSHKA PERES, 33 – USA

Photographs of nature can contribute to colonial ways of seeing land and they can also provide moments of intervention. I believe that it is critically important to understand and transform that vision from its colonial roots, particularly because extractive colonial relationships foreground and perpetuate climate change. My photography aims to produce alternative ways of seeing the environment and relating to it. Rather than valorize a pristine untouched landscape, or showcase a devastated one, I photograph from the margins of a gaze. My images blur the understood boundaries between human and non-human bodies, highlight ecological relationships and transformations, showcase dualities and contradictions, and propose a queered way of seeing that resists colonial visual regimes. It is my hope that by learning to see and interact with land differently through everyday photography, we can begin to transform other colonial systems that have led to current environmental crises, most notably climate change.

Photo Competition: Climate Crisis – winner of the audience award:

OBSERVATION: adela c. licona, photographer + cara hagan, poet + geochoreographer – USA

Hummingbirds, Bees, Motorcycles, and the Grid:

Amid the buzz of human progress
Are the rumblings of our origins
Calling on us to remember where respect lives
Honor in the bones of living things
Though we hear
We beg for new bones
We beg for more blood
We beg for more time
Knowing full well
There isn’t a shard, a drop
There isn’t a
Moment
Left.

This image + text emerged from our collaborative arts residency at PLAYA* in Summerlake, Oregon US. PLAYA in Summer Lake is located on the ancestral homelands of the Klamath Tribes. It was traditionally Yahuskin Paiute territories as well. The federally recognized Klamath Tribes are three confederated tribes, the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahuskin. You can learn more about the tribes at their website: http://klamathtribes.org/

With gratitude to Ka’ila Farrell-Smith for teaching us.

The winner of the audience prize will receive this wonderful gift package from our friends at otherwild.

We thank everyone who submitted their photo <3

Please click on each image to see name and description.

1 Response

  1. October 21, 2019

    […] I sent out a call for photo competition on Climate Change/Climate Crisis and received a selection of very thoughtful submissions. I picked seven of those to be printed and to become part of the exhibition at Whose Museum. We […]

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