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Guardians of the Areng Valley; Luke Duggleby

Date uploaded: October 13, 2014

Forestry Commission England has announced the recipient of the inaugural Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award is photographer Luke Duggleby, for his work entitled Guardians of the Areng Valley. The award is part of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014 and was selected by Forestry Commission England Director Ian Gambles.

This exhibition is the world premiere of a significant body of work by Duggleby. The photographs shown in the exhibition present Duggleby’s journey into the Cardamom Forest in Southwest Cambodia, somewhere he has returned many times as a photographer. They focus particular attention on a group of Buddhist monks pioneering a small but influential environmental movement aimed at reversing forest destruction to protect the indigenous peoples and endangered species of the remote Areng Valley. The photographs are presented outdoors, at large scale, against the backdrop of Grizedale Forest.

The exhibition launches at Grizedale Forest during a fortnight of art exhibitions, music and events taking place to launch 'Lakes Culture', an exciting new project to establish the Lake District as the UK's leading rural cultural destination.

As part of this celebration there is a symposium on Friday the 14th of November where Luke will introduce the exhibition and will be joined by special guest speakers who will discuss his work as part of a broader environmental and photographic context.

For more information about visiting the exhibition click here.