!cid_1_3943209241@web121703_mail_ne1_yahoo Atkins, (the leading engineering and design services consultancy) is proud to announce its sponsorship of The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management’s (CIWEM) Environmental Photographer of the Year 2012 (EPOTY) competition. Last year the competition attracted more than 10,500 entries from 105 countries. The entries explored issues as diverse as sustainable development, poverty, climate change, natural disasters and population growth.

Speaking as the call for entries was launched, Nick Roberts, Director, Atkins said: “We believe that this competition captures in visual form the complex issues that we as a business grapple with daily. Our support is entirely aligned to our strategy of focusing our skills on some of the issues that face us as a society. How do we adapt to the effects of climate change? What are the consequences of rapid urbanisation for the shape and resilience of our cities? How do we conserve scarce natural resources? We do not have all the solutions yet but we are certainly working on the challenges and helping organisations make robust decisions in the face of uncertainty”.

CIWEM are delighted this year to be partnering in the competition with Atkins, one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies.

Nick Reeves OBE, Executive Director of CIWEM said: "CIWEM is delighted to be working with Atkins on the development of the Environmental Photographer of the Year competition. With Atkins support and global reach the Institution can build on the success it has already achieved and carry important and exciting visual stories on the environment to a much bigger world-wide audience."

Atkins ( is one of the world's leading engineering and design consultancies*, employing some 17,700 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. It has the breadth and depth of expertise to plan, design and enable some of the world's most technically challenging and time critical infrastructure projects.

*It is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK (New Civil Engineer Consultants File 2012) and the 13th largest global design firm (Engineering News-Record 2011).

Recent projects include:

  • Major infrastructure works, such as the design and programme management of the civil works for the Dubai Metro red and green lines in the UAE;

  • Key rail projects – providing architectural and engineering design services on Crossrail, Europe’s biggest civil engineering project in London, UK, and designing stations, tunnelling and track systems for Gautrain, South Africa’s first high speed line;

  • Renewable energy schemes - transformer platform design for the Thanet offshore wind park in the UK’s North Sea;

  • Multi-year architecture-engineering construction management services for the US National Park Service, including projects such as rehabilitation of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and Administrative Complex at California’s Death Valley to meet the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards;

  • High profile transport planning and urban design – our innovative scheme to deliver a diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus in London, UK, has helped tackle the problem of pedestrian crowding;

  • Water and environmental projects – critical programme management of storm protection works in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana in North America, providing expertise in coastal restoration, engineering, environmental and GIS support to rebuild defenses and protect habitats;

  • Multidisciplinary building design – Northwood Primary School in Darlington, UK, is an exemplar project which raises standards for environmental design and community engagement.

Atkins was named among The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2011, won Consultancy of the Year in the CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Awards 2010, received the first ever certification of the Carbon Trust Standard awarded to an engineering consultancy in the construction sector, and was included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2011 and The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2010. Atkins was also construction and civil engineering sector winner for the fifth consecutive year in the Target National Graduate Recruitment Awards 2010 and was awarded a RoSPA Gold Award 2011 for excellence in control of health and safety in the workplace.

Atkins is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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