No Longer a Simple Future

CompanyCindual Pty Ltd
PhotographerKaren Lunney
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Throughout the world, social fabrics distort in response to demands or actions from distant countries. Children must adapt to evolving conditions, new constraints and unforeseen opportunities.


Throughout the world, social fabrics are distorting in response to demands or actions from distant places and to novel climates. Children in rural communities are particularly susceptible, as traditional life is affected. Waorani girls now face their near-pristine rainforest surroundings in East Ecuador being transformed by Chinese-facilitated oil exploitation and the migration of farmers into cleared areas along oil roads. After another day of back-breaking work in riverside fields, a mother wonders how her daughter will fare in the future. Recent warming conditions in Bhutan mean they can now cultivate rice at their elevation but with risks of landslides and sudden floods caused by remote melting glaciers. Children await visitors to their village set up to give an alternative income to poaching and to show the traditional ways of forest tribes in Rwanda. Hunters have become conservationists and dancers. Their future is now protecting the mountain gorillas previously at risk and in chaperoning hikers to primate sanctuaries. Young Maasai boys have always cared for the village cattle, with education a secondary concern. Cattle herding in Kenya must now adjust to increasing wildlife conservation measures, worsening drought and competing farming and tourism. The future will require different skill sets and interactions from their children. For Bhutanese families, having one son as a monk bestows knowledge of Buddhist ways and reduces educational costs. In a rapidly modernising country, monastic life will still be important but must adjust to greater connections with the outside world.

About Photographer

Karen Lunney is a contemporary photographic artist working out of Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. Her work investigates the liminal space - a state of transition, a place of possibility, where one thing has ceased and another not yet started. All levels of existence share in this phenomenon. The light of dawn and dusk, the ocean-land interface and the migration of animals all represent forms of liminality. The cultural transitions of peoples forced to westernise, not sure what culture to save into their new modernity and the climatic changes causing paroxysms around the globe both produce uncertainties for the future with consequences for many. AX3 Photographer of the Year 2014 Nominee (four photos) Colour Awards 2015 Published in National Geographic book "Getting Your Shot", 2015 Finalist in the Lensculture Exposure Awards 2015 International Wildlife Photographer of the Year (IPA), 2014 International Nature Photographer of the year (IPA), 2014 A Lucie Awards Nominee (IPA), 2014 Fourth in the professional photojournalism category of the 2013 and fourth in the wildlife category of the 2014 International Loupe Awards. Finalist in the 2014 Smithsonian Photographic competition, Finalist in the 2014 and 2015 HIPA competition out of Dubai, Finalist in the 2014 Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, Nominee in the Black and White Spider Awards Finalist in the 2014 Doug Moran Contemporary Photography Award. Her work has been published in "Mono" - a book of black and white images published by and in "Creating the Future" - a book created from the finalists of the HIPA, Dubai 2014. Her images will be in the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photography Exhibition 2014 and the Doug Moran Contemporary Photography Travelling Exhibition (until October 2015). She will be featured in the 2014 IPA Annual. Her work has been featured in the The Annual (2014) of the Australian professional magazine Capture and in the January 2015 issue of Australian Photography + digital magazine. Her work has been featured in several news and on-line publications and many of her photojournalism images are available via the Solent News and Photo Agency and Offset.