Photographs Confront Us With How Much We Waste

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 41 months ago
Photographs Confront Us With How Much We Waste ★★★★★ 5
Syngenta Photography Award: Open Competition
Caption: Drought In Kenya02
Category: General Category
Photographer: Stefano De Luigi
Taken on: 3/10/2009
Email: info@stefanodeluigi.com
Address: 7bis Rue de Vincennes, Montreuil, , 93100 , France
Telephone: +33785755757
Turkana women get water for people and cattle from a twenty meters deep, homemade borehole, in Kaitede village, in Kenya. Image courtesy Stefano De Luigi and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: 7 Days of Garbage - Michael, Jason, Annie and OliviaPhotographer: Gregg SegalTaken on: 14/5/2011Email: studio@greggsegal.comAddress: 2305 Santa Anita Ave., Altadena, 91001, United States of AmericaLocation: Altadena, CATaken at: 2014-08-22Medium: Color PhotographSize: 30 x 40Additional information: I have model releases for all 4 family members.
A family lies surrounded by the litter they create in seven days. Image courtesy Gregg Segal and Syngenta Ahotography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: SOUP - RefusedPhotographer: Mandy BarkerEmail: info@mandy-barker.comAddress: 14 Gledhow Wood Avenue, LEEDS, West Yorkshire, LS8 1NY, United KingdomLocation: studio, Leeds, UKTaken at: 2011-05-31Medium: DigitalSize: 119cm x 84cm & 84cm x 59cmAdditional information: Ingredients; plastic oceanic debris affected by the chewing and attempted ingestion by animals. Includes a toothpaste tube. Additives; teeth from animals.
A massive pile of refuse in Leeds. Image courtesy Mandy Baker and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: smokey_mountain04Photographer: Lasse  Bak MejlvangTaken on: 7/4/2012Email: studio@bakmejlvang.comAddress: Husumgade 36, 4. th., Copenhagen, 2200, DenmarkLocation: ManilaTaken at: 2012-04-07Medium: BlankSize: 70x100 cmAdditional information: The dumpsite is located close to Manila Bay, a popular place for the kids to play around. A lot of them are born in the same shed, where they are now growing up. Most of the children have never seen another world than the one surrounding them in Smokey Mountain. When they are not collecting trash at the landfill, the area around Manila Bay is their playground.
Children with makeshift floats in Smokey Mountain in Manila - a Philippine community that builds their houses with found items. Image courtesy Lasse Bak Mejlvang and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: 05Photographer: Rasel  ChowdhuryEmail: raselchowdhury_bd@yahoo.comAddress: 16 Sukrabad, West Panthopath., Dhanmondi - 1207, Dhaka, 1207, BangladeshLocation: Dhaka Taken at: 2010-12-12Medium: filmSize: 6X7Additional information:
In Dhaka various factories and industries are still being set up along the river. Chemicals discharged by tanneries, sewage and industrial waste are also dumped directly into the water. Image courtesy Rasel Chowdury and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Open CompetitionCaption: Shuogang FactoryCategory: General CategoryPhotographer: Souvid DattaTaken on: 2/5/2014Email: souvid@gmail.comAddress: 10-12 Belsize lane, London, NW3 5AB, United Kingdom
Factory run-off fills a dried up lake in a juxtaposition of tradition with industrialisation in Beijing. Image courtesy Souvid Datta and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: red_chairPhotographer: marcus doyleEmail: marcusdoyle@hotmail.comAddress: 73 Macleod Road, Highlands Village, London, N21 1SW, United KingdomLocation: North ShoresTaken at: 2008-02-12Medium: PrintSize: 60/50"Additional information:
An abandoned chair in California. Image courtesy Marcus Doyle and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Open CompetitionCaption: Shiziazhuang, Aqi 360Category: General CategoryPhotographer: Benedikt PartenheimerEmail: bp@benedikt-partenheimer.comAddress: Skalitzerstrasse 33, Aufgang C, Berlin, Berlin, 10999, GermanyTelephone: 0049 178 211 4930
The hazardous pollution of Shanghai, China. This was the overall winner of the open competition. Image courtesy Benedikt Partenheimer and Sygenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Open CompetitionCaption: AbandonmentCategory: General CategoryPhotographer: Camille MichelTaken on: 10/4/2014Email: camille-michel@live.frAddress: 8 rue du baret, Arles, France, 13200, FranceTelephone: 06 99 47 02 80
This picture was taken in Uummaannaq, a mysterious island north of Greenland. The island is home to an isolated Inuit people. This picture was taken in the town’s waste sorting center, located on an ice field very close to locals' homes, where the waste burnt in open air is responsible for a significant “dioxin” pollution. Image courtesy Camille Michel and Sygenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: Women pull well water togetherPhotographer: Mustafah AbdulazizEmail: abdulaziz.mustafah@gmail.comAddress: 58 Metropolitan Avenue, #4C, Brooklyn, New York, 11249, UgandaLocation: Tharpakar, PakistanTaken at: 2013-09-24Medium: Medium format color filmSize: 6x7Additional information: Women of Tharpakar in the southern Sindh Province of Pakistan work together to pull water from a well. Even when one person is done, they all remain at the well to share in the task. One of the effects of the flooding was salinity in the ground, which affected the ability for the agricultural region to support itself. The water gathered is brackish and dangerous to the health of children, who often suffer diarrhea and other water-borne illnesses.
Women of Tharpakar in the southern Sindh Province of Pakistan work together to pull water from a well. This was the overall winner of the professional competition. Image courtesy Mustafah Abdulaziz and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: Abandoned island developmentPhotographer: Richard Allenby-PrattEmail: richard@allenby-pratt.comAddress: Villa 21, Yeme'eh St, Um Suqeim 1, Dubai, Dubai, none, United Arab EmiratesLocation: Dubai, UAETaken at: 2013-02-16Medium: epson ultra-smooth fine artSize: 100 x 80cmAdditional information:
A deserted island development in Dubai. Image courtesy Richard Allenby-Pratt and Syngenta Photography Award
Syngenta Photography Award: Professional CommissionCaption: Car logistics facilityPhotographer: Richard Allenby-PrattEmail: richard@allenby-pratt.comAddress: Villa 21, Yeme'eh St, Um Suqeim 1, Dubai, Dubai, none, United Arab EmiratesLocation: Jebel Ali, UAETaken at: 2013-06-15Medium: epson ultra-smooth fine artSize: 100 x 80cmAdditional information:
A massive car logistics factory in Dubai. Image courtesy Richard Allenby-Pratt and Syngenta Photography Award

Londonist Rating: ★★★★★

The Syngenta Photography Award looks to address significant global issues with its annual theme; last year was the division between urban and rural living, and in 2015 it's the ever topical issues of scarcity and waste. Thousands of entries have been whittled down to just 40 exceptional photographers.

The result combines aesthetically beautiful images, such as as the sweeping curves of solar panels in the Nevada desert, to the distressing image of a dead giraffe slumped in an empty riverbed; all the while looking at  how we use our resources and the consequences of these actions.

Photographs cover both the developing and the developed world — a 10-year-old Mexican child hospitalised with morbid obesity highlights that having too much can be as bad as having too little.

The strongest works in the exhibition are those that bring the issue of waste close to home, such as a garden in Bromley dwarfed by a 40-foot-tall rubbish heap towering over the neighbourhood's trees. It's also shocking to discover that 140 litres of water is needed to make a cup of coffee, and that 1.6 million tonnes of perfectly edible vegetables are thrown away every year, just because they aren't cosmetically pleasing.

This is a perfect combination of powerful images with an important message about how wasteful humans can be, the consequences of industrialisation and our inefficient use of resources.

The Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity-Waste is on at Somerset House East Wing until 10 April. Entrance is free.

Also at Somerset House is the hipster-friendly Beard. And nearby is the excellent Witches and Wicked Bodies by Goya at The Courtauld Gallery and the sometimes brilliant Maggi Hambling at the Cultural Institute at King's.

Last Updated 12 March 2015