Second-grader Kimberly Corbin, 7, plays at recess at Ewell School on Smith Island, Md. The school, located on Maryland’s last inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay, has 9 students. Credit: Greg Kahn / Getty Images Climate Visuals Grant Recipient

Photography Focuses on Sea Level Rise and Eroding Communities

Narratives from applicants for the Getty Images Climate Visuals Grants provided a unique insight into the reality of climate change. Both winners focused on the impact of sea level rise.

The winning photographers, Aji Styawan and Greg Kahn, on opposite sides of the world, captured the stories of the impact of rising sea levels in Indonesia and the United States and the resilience with which communities have responded.

Their local knowledge, individual photographic style and cultural sensitivity shone through to the grant judges. Both reveal restrained emotion and a surreal sense of place.

The landscape, communities, political structures, religions and people these photographers work with are diverse. Their proposals and photography work impressed the jury and embraced the Climate Visuals seven principles for impactful photography.