An amateur photographer from India has won Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015, bagging the £5,000 top prize.

[Photo credit: Uttam Kamati]

Uttam Kamati’s winning image shows a couple watering watermelon saplings on the Teesta riverbed in West Bengal.

Kamati, a filmmaker as well as a photographer, focuses on humanitarian projects, ‘transforming these endeavours into candid, touching scenes’, according to competition organisers, Atkins CIWEM.

Entries for Environmental Photographer of the Year were judged on impact, composition, originality and technical ability.

Competition judge Dr David Haley said, ‘Some images immediately strike a chord. Some images linger in your mind and won’t go away. And some images pose more questions than they answer, making you want to find out more about them.

‘As these qualities become apparent in “Watering Melon” by Uttam Kamati, the environmental significance of this image is revealed.’

The Atkins CIWEM Young Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Dipayan Bhar, also from India, who has worked as a photographer in Kolkata for the past four years.

While, Atkins CIWEM Environmental Film of the Year went to filmmaker Verity White for a movie highlighting the issue of marine litter on the Norwegian coastline.

The best images are due to go on show in a free exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 22 June-10 July.

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