Haunting image of zebra carcass wins photo contest

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James Alexander's winning image of a zebra carcass in Kenya.
James Alexander’s winning image of a zebra carcass in Kenya.

A striking image of a mummified zebra carcass in Kenya has won a photographic competition in Britain.

The competition, run by the country’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, sought entries that showed the impact of climate change on people in Britain and across the world.

James Alexander took first prize for his zebra image, selected by the judges for its haunting and stark message of the consequences of climate change.

Alexander said he wanted to illustrate how humankind’s actions had resulted in a world that was fast becoming ever more inhospitable to wildlife.

He said that, as a wildlife and environmental photographer, he was committed to raising awareness of environmental issues, as well as showing the beauty that remained in increasingly smaller pockets of the natural world.

The contest, run in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Getty Images and @EverydayClimateChange, drew hundreds of entries.

They covered everything from the impact on health, local environments and future generations, to the opportunity of taking action to tackle climate change, such as alternative forms of transport and renewable energy.

Anthony Holland-Parkin, Getty Image’s creative director and one of the five competition judges, said there was a strong set of contenders for the winning image.

He described Alexander’s image as stunning.

First prize is a photography masterclass with Getty Images in London and a boat trip to photograph a wind farm off the Teesside coast.

Runners-up each win a pair of tickets to the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in London and a Getty Images Year in Focus book.

The judging panel comprised of television  presenter and professor of public engagement in science, Alice Roberts; secretary of state for energy and climate change, Ed Davey; director of the Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon; Creative director at Getty Images, Anthony Holland Parkin; and photographer and contributor to @everydayclimatechange on Instagram, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert.

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