The Times of London has an intriguing photo slideshow on its Web site right now headlined, “Environmental Photographer of the Year.” Despite the singular tense, it’s actually a collection of fourteen photographs from various artists. Some are beautiful, some poignant, but needless to say, they’re all exceptional.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, a UK-based charity whose mission is to promote sustainable development, runs the Environmental Photographer of the Year competition, and the photos will be on display at London’s Apothecary Gallery until July 18. The contest is open to amateurs as well as professional photojournalists and photographers, and judging by the photo credits, it looks like the 2007 winners are independents.

It would have been nice to have a little more context about the photos from the Times or the Telegraph, which ran an article about the competition, but didn’t present the images as nicely online. It’s unclear how long the competition has been happening, but CIWEM has already released the entry instructions for 2008, with a July 31 deadline.

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Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.