It’s easy to understand why we should fight for the environment, but tough to visualize it. The 500px community rose to the challenge for the Earth Hour Quest, capturing the spirit of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.
Passionate photographers everywhere were asked to submit photos that showcased positive action in the fight against climate change, or that highlighted the remarkable moments the Earth Hour campaign aims to facilitate.
The winning photo managed to convey a deeper message with a subtle take on shadow. “Shadow Mans…” by Yashansh Vijay will be licensed and featured by Earth Hour. Learn more about the shot below.
Why the judge loved this photo: It is not easy to make changing climate change relatable to people or their interests, but this image by Yashansh Vijay is a powerful depiction of the impact our actions can have. The play on shadows is a compelling reminder of the role we all have to play, both in causing climate change and solving it for us and future generations. Step forward to #changeclimatechange today.
The photographer, Yashansh Vijay, took up nature photography as a child, and started shooting regularly “because it makes me feel the moment, and also gives me a good vision and perspective to see this beautiful world.”
Vijay shared the story behind the photo: I took that photograph at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, Rajasthan. When I saw some youngsters in uniform and good natural light, I captured their shadows as leading lines. This shot inspires me because they look like an army protecting a palace.”
Check out the submissions from our runners-up for more inspiration:
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