Winners of Global Landscapes Forum Photo Competition announced

A image of sunlight glinting off rice terraces in China has claimed first prize in the Global Landscapes Forum photo competition, with second prize going to a scene of a water park in Peru.

More than 250 photographs were entered in the competition, which called for photos that capture multifunctional landscapes and the people, places and politics within them. The entries demonstrate the diversity of the landscapes around the world – from cattle in a floodplain in Zambia to a powerplant in India to indigenous women in Mexico – and the challenges they must cope with in the face of climate change and unsustainable practices.

Voting for the audience choice award continues until 1 December, on the photo competition site.

Mark Levitin, who took the winning photo, explained that rice terraces require high maintenance and that misuse will slowly ruin them. The terraces of Yuanyang, China, are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, which may save them from destruction, but might also turn them into a tourist show.

In the runner-up photo from Ernesto Benavides, the stark contrast between the water park and the desert that surrounds the city of Lima draws viewers’ attention to the fact that the Peruvian capital is under persistent and severe water stress and must use its water resources carefully.

A selection of 24 photographs will be exhibited in Parque Kennedy in central Lima, from 1 to 12 December, at the same time as the UN climate talks.