This year's Environmental Photographer of the Year Award has been announced, and the shortlist includes some stunning and poignant photography from around the world.

Organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the Environmental Photographer of the Year Award puts sustainable development, pollution and human rights at the forefront of people's minds through the medium of photography and film. The work from this year's winner, Sara Lindström, and the shortlist can be seen at the Royal Geographical Society in London from June 29 to August 21 2016. Below is a selection of our favourite photographs from the awards.

Environmental photographer of the year: a wildfire in Banff, Canada

Wildfire in Banff National Park, Canada, North AmericaImage © Sara Lindström


Young Environmental Photographer of the Year: a peregrine in Chicago, USA

As a photographer @lmasseyimages wanted to tell the whole story, the progression of the family and the area they lived in. The birds being so human tolerant helped him immensely.Image © Luke Massey

Atkins Built Environment Award: sea erosion in Chennai, India

Double Disaster: Houses of tsunami survivors being washed away in sea erosion in Ennore near Nettukuppam in Chennai. pic by S L Shanth KumarImage © SL Shanth Kumar

CIWEM Changing Climate Award: life vests on the Greek island of Lésvos

Life vests, inner tubes and rubber rafts on the north coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. The basic equipment that thousands of refugees have used to cross to Greece from Turkey. November 21, 2015.Image © Sandra Hoyn

Forestry Commission England People, Nature and Economy Award: the salt lake in Urmia, Iran

Salt Lake of Urmia, IranImage © Pedram Yazdani

Shortlisted: an alternative view of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India

A man searching in garbage at sunrise from behind the Taj Mahal in Agra – IndiaImage © Mustafa Abdul Hadi

Shortlisted: Norwegian company conducting seismic blasting off northeast Greenland

GreenlandImage © Christian Aslund

Shortlisted: gravel workmen in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Chittagong, BangladeshImage © Faisal Azim

Shortlisted: the collapsed Vivekananda Flyover, Kolkata, India

Destruction left by fall of Vivekananda Flyover, Kolkata, IndiaImage © Dipayan Bhar

Shortlisted: flooding in Venice, Italy

Water flooding VeniceImage © Antonio Busiello

Shortlisted: a young couple walk through Beijing's Olympic Park, China

Beijing's Olympic Park, ChinaImage © Sean Gallagher

Shortlisted: traditional transhumance in Spain

Transhumance in Spain, Cañada Real Cazorla - UbedaImage © Susana Girón

Shortlisted: a fire-burned forest in Riau, Indonesia

Rimbo Panjang, Kampar, Riau Province, SumatImage © YT Haryono

Shortlisted: People try to get a place on the roof of the train after Biswa Ijtema in Bangladesh

End of Biswa Ijtema, BangladeshImage © Sandra Hoyn

Shortlisted: men fishing in the pond of Xian Village, Guangzhou, China

Men in Downtown Village, 2015 / Guangzhou, Guangdong, ChinaImage © Yuyang Liu

Shortlisted: flooding in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England

26/12/15 Hebden Bridge - Flloding in the town of Hebden BridgeImage © Steve Morgan

Shortlisted: phosphorescence in Larak, Iran

Phosphoresence in Larak, IranImage © Pooyan Shadpoor

Shortlisted: Pearl Farm, Manihiki, Cook Islands

Pearl Farm, ManihikiImage © Richard Sidey

Shortlisted: Needle of the Sea in mist, Qatar

Needle of the Sea in mist, QatarImage © Ray Toh

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