Timon and Pumbaa [PIC]

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Image: © Anup Shah, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

A very contented looking warthog, with a few grooming maids in attendance, stares into the lens of the camera; giving photographer Anup Shah the perfect picture pose, which won him a finalist place in the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) 2008.

We reported recently that Environmental Graffiti is partnering with the SPWA in 2009 and have some more good news, the submission deadline for the Prince’s Rainforest Project (PRP) Award has been moved to the 28 of February (it was previously the end of December), which means you have more time to get come up with some awesome shots.

The PRP Award was created to “better understand the importance of the rainforests to the global climate and to increase awareness of The Prince’s Rainforests Project.”

In 2009, for the first time, wildlife and nature photographers will have the opportunity of putting their images forward for the PRP Award for the best environmental photographer, which is open to both professional and amateur photographers.

“The award seeks images which capture the essence of what the rainforest means to the photographer.”

David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer, said in his appeal for images:

“Creative expression through photography is a very powerful tool. It not only has the ability to present the facts and tell stories, but it has the capacity to give insights that can turn reflection into change. The Sony/PRP Awards are an ideal platform to harness creativity to implement change and in turn inspire, educate and engage individuals, communities and industry to take positive action for our planet.”

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Image: © Anup Shah, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

Environmental responsibility has been a significant part of the Sony ethos for many years, and the partnership between the Sony World Photography Awards and The Prince’s Rainforests Project is part of Sony’s eco programme of initiatives and programmes.

Emily Young, General Manager, Environmental Communications at Sony Europe explains:

“This partnership is all about using photography to raise awareness about the importance of climate change. Photography is the perfect way to communicate the fundamental beauty of our environment, and the importance of preserving it for future generations. We are very excited about the outcome of these awards and in aiding the category winner to document some of the major deforestation areas in the world, and to communicate its impact on overall climate change.”

We look forward to seeing your photos and will feature all winning entries here on Environmental Graffiti!

We’ll even throw in a free album.