British Photography Awards - Shortlist - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China

British Photography Awards – Shortlist

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in News | No Comments


I am really pleased to share the news that one of my images from my recent project Tuvalu: Beneath the Rising Tide has been shortlisted for the British Photography Awards.

Followers of my work will be familiar with this particular image which has been one of the more popular images from the series. For those of you who have not seen it before, here is the story behind the image:

Two girls play in an abandoned building in Tuvalu’s capital, Funafuti. Land poor micro-states in the region are some of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. This has driven many to flee their homelands, in fear of the potential environmental catastophes their countries are vulnerable to, and also in search of higher incomes through better job opportunities provided by other larger countries. It is estimated nearly 20% of Tuvalu’s population have left and reside in other countries such as New Zealand and Australia. Young adults are the most likely to leave, with the older generation most likely to stay. A recent report by The Australian National University estimates by 2050, “47% of Tuvaluan adults (4,900 people)…will want to migrate but [will] be unable to do so”, with limiting factors being financial and available places on migration programs to other countries.

More information about the British Photography Awards

The BPA run an open, responsible competition aimed at celebrating photographic talent from all British and British-based photographers. We work with a range of UK charities to operate a non-profit competition cashflow and we keep this completely ring-fenced from the rest of the business finance. This is integral to the model. Together we can use the massive power of photography to do real good in the world.

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