Forestry Commission England and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) are delighted to announce the prizewinners for the inaugural edition of Earth Photo, an innovative and ambitious project which aims to enable a better understanding of the world around us through an exploration of four key themes – People, Nature, Place and Change.

OVERALL WINNER: Rubén Salgado Escudero

Escudero’s Solar Portraits depict the inhabitants of some of the world’s remotest areas experiencing electricity for the first time. The electricity is generated through solar energy, and each image was taken in an environment lit only by solar powered light bulbs. An ongoing project, Escudero began working on Solar Portraits in 2014 following the publication of figures from the International Energy Agency which estimated that roughly 1.1 billion people worldwide still live without access to electricity. Click to read more.

You can also click to view Rubén’s Solar Portraits profile on Blue Earth’s website and make a donation to his project.