“Wetlands that help us cope with extreme weather events” was the theme of the Wetlands Youth Photo contest, organized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 2 February to 2 March 2017.
Due to climate change, extreme weather events such as storms, floods and droughts are on the increase. When well-managed, healthy wetlands absorb and store excess rainfall and store it for the dry season, which helps communities cope with extreme weather events protecting them from disasters.
The winning photo, an aerial view of the Gabaldon floodplain of Nueva Ecija, Philippines is by 21 year old Gabriel B. Mejia. Floodplains can be compared to giant reservoirs that store flood waters. Gabriel B. Mejia from the Philippines wins the main prize, a free flight, courtesy of Star Alliance to visit a Wetland of International Importance.
The judging panel that selected the winning photo and the seven Highly Commended Finalists included Olivier Robert, Fine Art photographer, Vitalis Hirschmann, active freelance photographer, Janet Northcote, Director Communications, Star Alliance, Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and Staff of the Secretariat.
The Global Photo Contest received over 700 entries from young people 18 to 25 years and was organized on the occasion of World Wetlands Day 2017 under the umbrella theme Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.