Winners Announced – “Climate Change in Your Island”


The competition was a hit with 20 entries sent in by mid-June. Judging of the photographs was carried out by our trustees and the winners receive cash prizes. The concept of the competition was to create awareness on climate change in Sri Lanka for World Environment Day celebrated earlier in June.

Participants were asked to capture images which depicted climate change impacts in their surroundings. The album containing all entries can be viewed on our Facebook page, and the winning photographs with their captions are shown below.

WinnerWinning Photograph – by Munira Mutaher
My cousin stands before what once was an overflowing reservoir of water, now nearly parched. All that remains are boulders and rocks scattered on the cracked mud floor, and the lasts of the water reserve.
The temperature in Sri Lanka has increased by 0.6 degrees Centigrade from 1901 to 2005. And by 0.74 degrees Centigrade from 1906 to 2005. This rise in temperature has resulted in the drying out of many water bodies island wide signalling a rise in impact on water security. Skipping stones is the least of our problems; the impact of this climate change on water is known to directly correlate with that on food, livelihoods and ecosystems.
1RunnerUp 1st Runner up: By Fazry Ibrahim Flooded rubber estate – captured during what used to be the start of the drier months, changing weather patterns have caused a shift in rainfall patterns altering this well-known landscape and transforming it into an unknown. Hailing from a rubber family this estate has recorded a lower yield each year despite our best efforts to tap the rubber. The harvesters tell us that it’s the shift in the weather, do I know the correct answer, not just yet.
2nd Runner up: By Avisha De Saram
October 2013, Samanalawewa Dam by sea plane. The pristine beauty of Samanalawewa Dam was truly breathtaking. The color of the water resembled pristine ocean even though it was fresh water. However the banks of the dam were exposed, indicating low water levels. It occurred to me then that lack of rainfall in the future might disturb the balance of this most stunning and undisturbed part of our island

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