A distinguished international panel, chaired by the author and curator William A. Ewing, selected the six finalists for their artistic quality and interpretation of the rural-urban theme.

The exhibition celebrates the work of these artists. In addition, it explores particular aspects that featured prominently amongst the submitted photographs: Urban Sprawl, Migration, Infrastructure, Greener Cities, Food Production and Deforestation.

Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition Map

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Judges Choice

Judges Choice

A special selection by the Syngenta Photography Award judges.

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Vitaliy Popkov

Vitaliy Popkov

Open Competition Second Prize Winner for “Energy Carriers”.

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André François

André François

Open Competition Third Prize Winner for his images from the Mukuru slum in Kenya.

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Greener Cities

Greener Cities

Green spaces, parks, and gardens connect people in cities to nature and plants filter the air, reducing carbon dioxide levels in green urban areas significantly.

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Deforestation

Deforestation

Each year, an area of forest three times the size of Wales disappears.

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Migration

Migration

Every day, around 180,000 people leave their rural homes for cities and the promise of educational, economic, and social benefits.

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Food Production

Food Production

We lose a football field of farmland every second to soil erosion and urbanisation. At the same time, global population is expanding at a rate that means we need to produce more food in the next 50 years than we did in the last 10,000.

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Holly Lynton

Holly Lynton

Open Competition First Prize Winner for “Turkey Madonna”.

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Mimi Mollica

Mimi Mollica

Professional Commission Second Prize Winner for his series of images from Dakar, Senegal.

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Pablo Lopez Luz

Pablo Lopez Luz

Professional Commission Third Prize Winner for his artistic approach to the concept of “landscape”.

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Jan Brykczyński

Jan Brykczyński

Professional Commission First Prize Winner for his series “Árnes”.

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Rural | Urban

Rural | Urban

In its inaugural year, the theme of The Syngenta Photography Award, "Rural-Urban", explores the relationship and tensions between these two environments.

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Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Over the next 20 years, the world’s population will increase by two billion - mostly in urban areas, and in the developing world.

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Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl

A hundred years ago, the rural population outnumbered the urban seven to one. Now, more than half the world’s population are town and city dwellers.

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Jan Brykczyński

Jan Brykczyński

Polish

Professional Commission First Prize Winner for his series “Árnes”.

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Mimi Mollica

Mimi Mollica

Italian

Professional Commission Second Prize Winner for his series of images from Dakar, Senegal.

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Pablo Lopez Luz

Pablo Lopez Luz

Mexican

Professional Commission Third Prize Winner for his artistic approach to the concept of “landscape”.

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Holly Lynton

Holly Lynton

American

Open Competition First Prize Winner for “Turkey Madonna”.

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Vitaliy Popkov

Vitaliy Popkov

Ukrainian

Open Competition Second Prize Winner for “Energy Carriers”.

André François

André François

Brazilian

Open Competition Third Prize Winner for his images from the Mukuru slum in Kenya.