The degradation of natural resources represents one of the most
critical environmental megatrends worldwide and is of great concern to
the United Nations and its Member States. The 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development reflects this concern in a wide range of
indicators across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a bid to explore the Resource Nexus
and sustainability in images, UNU-FLORES and the Technische Sammlungen
Dresden (TSD) invited both amateurs and professionals to submit
photographs and videos in conjunction with the UN International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021.
The competition received more than 400 entries from almost 40
countries, about three-quarters of which were from the Global South. The
shortlisted photographers and videographers captured different
perspectives on the Resource Nexus, particularly relating to
agriculture, forests, circular economy, climate change, and
“The photo and video exhibits tell a story of action and advocacy for
sustainable development. We hope that the wide range of perspectives
featuring talents from the world over will continue to inspire visitors
to the exhibition to reflect and take their own action for the planet,”
says UNU-FLORES Director Prof. Edeltraud Guenther.
“The photographs and videos submitted from all over the world show
that we are united by the consequences of the climate catastrophe and
the overexploitation of natural resources, but also by the hope for a
sustainable way of dealing with the riches of our planet,” adds TSD
Director Roland Schwarz.
Hundreds of entries have been pared down to a shortlist of 22, which
are displayed in an exhibition at the Technische Sammlungen Dresden from
24 July 2021.
- Roland Schwarz (Director, TSD), Prof. Edeltraud Guenther (Director,
UNU-FLORES), and Andreas Völlings (Saxon State Ministry for Energy,
Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture, SMEKUL) inaugurated the
exhibition as part of the Museums Night Dresden 2021 (Museumsnacht Dresden).
- The competition judging panel consisted of the award-winning
photographer on sustainability Lucas Foglia, Roland Schwarz (Director,
TSD), and Atiqah Fairuz Salleh (Communications & Advocacy Lead, UNU-FLORES).
The exhibition complements the ongoing “Wolke 8. Das Klima und Wir”
exhibition at the Technische Sammlungen Dresden and will also be part
of the Umundu Festival (24–26 September) that takes a developmental look
at the global phenomenon of climate change.
The winners of the competition were announced on 9 July 2021 during the Long Night of Science Dresden (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften).
This initiative is supported by the Saxon State Ministry for Energy,
Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture (SMEKUL) within the
Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations University (UNU).
“Sustainability Stories” Photo and Video Exhibition
from 24 July 2021
Technische Sammlungen Dresden
Tuesday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.