The artist Jonk has been announced as the winner of the Earth Photo 2020 competition.
His series, Coffee Shop, Abkhazia; Hotel, Portugal; Swimming Pool, Italy and Theater, Abkhazia – which shows abandoned spaces reclaimed by nature – won the overall competition, as well as the Place category.
Jonk, a freelance self-taught photographer whose real name is Jonathan Jimenez, focuses his work on humans and their relationship with nature, to help raise awareness of the planet’s ecological crisis.
Earth Photo, an international competition created by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society, aims to encourage discussion about the world by telling stories about the planet and its inhabitants, and how both interact with each other.
“We chose Jonk’s compelling photographs as the overall winner because of the high degree of skill and vision that they represent, and also because they exemplify Earth Photo by straddling the duality of human coexistence with nature,” said the chair of the judging panel, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Marissa Roth.
You can see the other category prize winners below. Winners were chosen from a shortlist of 50 photographs and four films, out of more than 2,600 submissions in total.