“Melting Away is my long-term body of work on which I plan to work on for the rest of my career. I keep returning back to the Arctic almost on a yearly basis, because I feel a very honest urge to document the climate change crisis. Throughout my trips I have managed to establish incredible relationships with the Inuit people and I am fortunate to be able to count many Greenlanders as my friends. We are in the constant touch about the new unfolding events. Daily life of Inuits is changing rapidly due to the climate change and being able to capture and communicate this change is my main vision. This requires a lot of resources and energy from my side, however I deeply care about our planet and feel like my work can help fight the climate change. I grew up in a small Slovenian village surrounded by nature and also from this stems my inspiration to do the projects that raise awareness about environmental issues.”
Ciril Jazbec is a documentary photographer born in Slovenia in 1987. Before moving to London he studied Management in Ljubljana. He obtained his master’s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.
He has been working as a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 2014. His work is focused on communities that are confronted by the effects of globalization and climate change.
For his work he was awarded the winner of Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2013, the winner at Photo Folio Review Les Rencontres d’Arles 2013, the winner of Magnum 30 under 30 2015, PDN’30 New and emerging photographers to watch 2016, Pictures of the Y ear International 2018 etc.
His work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, GEO, Der Spiegel, Neu Zürcher Zeitung, Marie Claire Italy, Leica Fotografie International, Wired UK, British Journal of Photography etc.
The work had to focus on the following themes: 1) evidence; 2) causes; 3) effects; and, 4) solutions. This was an opportunity for one individual or collective working in photography, film or any visual form to receive over $10,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including a $3,000 cash prize, and an invitation to present a solo exhibition at the United Photo Industries Gallery to shed a light on this pressing issue facing our planet.