It’s often said that photography can make you see the world, not just look at it. So National Geographic challenged photographers to document climate change in their communities.

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Dimick: “We also said that it was possible to photograph those things that are influencing climate change, like energy production, or those types of things that might ameliorate climate change, like renewable energy.”

That’s Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor for the Environment. He says the assignment was part of National Geographic’s “Your Shot” program – a series of photo contests open to both amateurs and professionals.

The top images are showcased online, and a few may be published in the iconic magazine’s November issue, which will focus entirely on climate change.

Submitted photos ranged from an aerial image of the largest oil field in California to a picture of an eye peering out from behind a collage of news headlines about climate change. In another, a lone cow stands in the middle of a flooded field, stranded on a small patch of grass. In total, the competition received more than five thousand entries.

Dimick: “It actually gives me quite a bit of hope. There’s a lot of people out there who are willing to engage with the issue.”

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
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Bud Ward

Bud Ward was editor of Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as assistant director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission...