Brighton photographer wins prestigious global competition with stunning melting glacier picture

Posted On 27 Apr 2015 at 12:56 pm

A Brighton photographer has been named this year’s landscape photographer of the year for a series of pictures of the melting Lewis Glacier on Mount Kenya.

© Simon Norfolk / INSTITUTE

© Simon Norfolk / INSTITUTE

Simon Norfolk beat off 87,000 entries to the Sony World Photography Awards to win the prestigious title with his When I Am Laid In Earth series.

Mr Norfolk said: “As Photography with a capital P seems to be happy to decline into purposeless picture-making and Photoshop gimmicks, it’s great to see that Sony are still rewarding real documentary photography with a focus on an issue as important as climate change. I hope that continues.”

The series used a pyrograph to document the melting away of the glacier.

The photographer was presented his award and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by industry leaders.

  1. joe Reply

    So why is this any more purposeful ? Using pyrotechnics to illustrate something a scientist with time lapse photography could illustrate and inform more effectively avoiding the pretentious ex photojournalist trying to make a pseudo statement of art- which incidently has been done before, shame on Sony for choosing flavour of the month rather than something truly original.

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