The Environment Agency has launched its search for talented young photographers while highlighting one of the most important environmental issues facing the country: the vital resource that is our water.
The competition, ‘Water: What’s the Story?’
is designed toget young people thinking about how they interact with the water environment; be that as part of everyday life, as a lifeline or for sport and recreation.
The TV natural history presenter, Steve Backshall, will be on hand to launch the national campaign for Under-16s. Steve said, “As a naturalist I spend most of my life in the great outdoors and am convinced that this is essential for a happy, full, healthy life. I am delighted to have been asked to support this competition which gets children thinking about the vital role water plays in our environment and hopefully will encourage them to get outside and enjoy the wonders of the natural world.
Environment Agency Chairman, Lord Chris Smith, said: “For centuries artists have captured our changing environment and this is an opportunity for children to add to that commentary. I hope young people will get involved by entering a photograph and, more importantly, thinking about what the changes in the environment - such as less water due to climate change - will mean for their future.
The launch is being hosted by the Photographers’ Gallery and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), both in London.
Martin Senior, WWT London General Manager, said: “We are delighted to host the launch at the centre and to welcome budding photographers. WWT London offers amazing photographic opportunities, from close ups of rare birds to beautiful wetland landscapes. We hope that through encouraging people to take part in this competition they will also gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the vital role wetlands play in our everyday lives.
For more information please visit the Environment Agency