Unaware of its fate, a tiny piglet stands next her mother, trapped in the industrial farm’s void.

The image is part of the shortlist for the COP26 Photo Competition, which aims at raising awareness of the environmental problems facing humanity and the Earth. 

Twenty-six top photographers from around the world have participated in the COP Climate Summit in Glasgow next week. 

The victor, who will win a £500 cash donation to an environmental charity of their choice, will be announced on November 6. 

The image of the sow & piglet was taken in order to highlight the terrible conditions in industrial farms which are a major contributor to climate change.  

Another image shows a Golden Eagle eating a carcass of a Scottish Highlands red deer. It was taken to illustrate how predator-prey dynamics are essential to the success of an ecosystem. The bird is one of only a few remaining predators in this region. 

The third photo shows a group King penguins on South Georgia’s British Overseas Territory. It highlights how climate change is threatening their way of living. 

A fourth image shows a platypus sitting on a log in Victoria’s Little Yarra River. The wildfires can cause serious damage to vegetation and streams, making the animal one of the most endangered.  

Unaware of the fate which awaits it, a tiny piglet stands next to its immobilised mother in the soulless surroundings of an industrial farm. The image, taken by photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, is among those which are on the shortlist of the COP26 photo competition, held to raise awareness of the environmental challenges faced by the Earth and humanity. Sows are kept in gestation crates and then farrowing crates in industrial farms, which is the standard way of raising pigs for food. The pollution caused by industrial farming and the mass production of animals are among  the factors that contribute to climate change

A tiny piglet, unaware of its fate, stands next to its mother in the slumbering surroundings of an industrial farm. Jo-Anne McArthur took the image. The competition is held to raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing the Earth and humanity. The standard way to raise pigs for meat is to keep them in gestation crates. The pollution caused by industrial farming and the mass production of animals are among  the factors that contribute to climate change

Peter Cairns's image of a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) feeding on a red deer carcass, in Assynt, Scotland Highlands. Scotland was once home to a much wider range of predators, including wolves and lynx. Hunted to extinction, their demise is more than a loss of a species, it's the loss of a valuable ecological process. Predator-prey dynamics are complex and play an essential role in healthy living systems. This red deer will not only feed a top predator like a golden eagle but a whole host of scavengers from foxes and badgers right down to burying beetles and the tiniest of bacteria. The deer's carcass will feed nutrients into the soil, promoting the growth of fresh vegetation. Without predators and the processes they catalyse, our landscapes are muted, less dynamic and less productive

Peter Cairns’s photograph of a golden-eagle (Aquila cristaetos), eating a carcass of red deer, in Assynt Highlands. Scotland was once home for a wide range of predators, including wolves as well as lynx. Their demise is more that a loss of species; it’s a loss in an important ecological process. Complex predator-prey dynamics play an important role in healthy living systems. This red deer will not only provide food for a top predator such as a golden eagle, but also feed a variety of scavengers including foxes, badgers, and even tiny bacteria. The soil will be fertilized with nutrients from the deer’s remains, which will promote the growth and development of new vegetation. Landscapes that lack predators and the processes they facilitate are less dynamic, less productive and less dynamic.

Roy Mangersnes's image of King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) in St Andrews Bay, South Georgia. Early in the morning the King penguin adults that have been out fishing return with their catch. They waddle up through hordes of seals and fellow penguins, each one calling out to their single chick hidden in the mass of similar chicks. After feeding their young, the parent King penguins line up along the beach, seeming to enjoy the sunrise before heading into the freezing waters once more. This beautiful circle of life is seen every morning on St. Andrews Bay, throughout the Antarctic summer months. South Georgia is considered part of Antarctica because it is situated inside the Convergence line, with cold and rich Antarctic water. However, that line is not fixed and as warmer waters from the Atlantic push south it might reach a point where the island finds itself on the wrong side of the line. This will be devastating for penguins and all other wildlife on South Georgia because the fishing grounds will be too far away and they won't be able to feed their young

Roy Mangersnes captured the King penguins, Aptenodytes patagonicus, in St Andrews Bay (South Georgia) The King penguin adults who have been fishing early in the morning return with their catch. They walk through a sea of seals and penguins, calling out to the one chick amongst all of them. After feeding their young the parent King penguins assemble along the beach and seem to be enjoying the sunrise before heading into freezing waters. This beautiful circle is visible every morning on St. Andrews Bay throughout the Antarctic summer months. South Georgia is considered Antarctica because it lies within the Convergence Line, which is filled with rich and cold Antarctic water. However, the line is not permanent and warmer waters from Atlantic might push South to a point where the island ends up on the wrong side. This will be devastating for penguins as well as all wildlife in South Georgia. The fishing grounds won’t reach them and they won’t be able feed their young.

Doug Gimesy's image of a Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) just after being released onto a log in Little Yarra River, Yarra junction, Victoria, Australia. April 2018. When people think of bushfires, they often don't realise the potential impact to animals like the platypus (Ornithorynchus anatinus) that lives in freshwater ways and streams. Platypuses can suffer not just during the fires but afterwards because streams can boil away leaving no place for them to forage. The the destruction of riverbank vegetation can also eliminate places for platypuses to safely hide from predators

Doug Gimesy’s photograph of a Platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatius, just after it was released onto a log in Little Yarra River. Yarra junction, Victoria. Australia. April 2018. April 2018. Platypuses can also be affected by fires and water boiling, which can leave them without food. Platypuses may not be able to hide safely from predators if riverbank vegetation is destroyed.

Sandesh Kadur's image of pig-nosed frogs (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) in Western Ghats, India. The thin, porous skin of frogs and tadpoles make them highly sensitive to their surrounding environment. Through their skin, frogs absorb chemicals from the air and water. It is this feature that makes frogs good indicators of environmental damage. Purple frogs (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) spend much of their life underground and emerge briefly for a few days each year at the beginning of monsoon to breed

Sandesh Kadur’s image shows pig-nosed, pig-nosed frogs in Western Ghats of India (Nasikabatrachus Sahyadrensis). Frogs and Tadpoles are sensitive to their environment because of their thin, porous skin. Frogs are able to absorb chemicals from the water and air through their skin. This is why frogs are excellent indicators of environmental damage. Purple frogs, Nasikabatrachus SAHYADRENSIS, spend most of their lives underground. They only emerge briefly during the monsoon season to breed.

Jen Guyton's image of the cones of a female Welwitschia plant (Welwitschia mirabilis) Swakopmund, Namib Desert, Namibia. They are among the most ancient organisms on the planet: some individuals might be more than 2000 years old. Welwitschia are among the weirdest and most interesting plants alive today. Unfortunately, the long-term survival of this rare and remarkable species is threatened by climate change. Welwitschia plants require very specific conditions to survive, and scientists predict that climatic suitability in northern Namibia will be substantially reduced by 2050. These changes will likely cause a shift and a contraction in the species' range, with the risk of increased mortality

Jen Guyton’s image shows the cones of a female Welwitschia (Welwitschia Mirabilis) plant. It is located in Swakopmund in Namibia. They are one of the oldest organisms on the planet, with some individuals possibly being more than 2000 years old. Welwitschia is one of the most fascinating and bizarre plants today. The climate change is threatening the long-term survival and uniqueness of this extraordinary species. Scientists predict that the climate in northern Namibia will become less suitable for Welwitschia plants by 2050. These changes will likely result in a shift or contraction of the species’ range and an increase in mortality.

Tony Wu's image of a group of sperm whales off the coast of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean. The whale pictured defecating here is around 40feet in length. As the whale dives and eats, she cycles nutrients from the depths of the oceans to the surface of the sea. The sudden flood of nutrient-dense biological matter can spark blooms of phytoplankton. Like plants on land, phytoplankton engage in photosynthesis, a process that absorbs carbon dioxide.  However, by the end of the era of industrialised whaling, humans had killed around two thirds of the sperm whale population and their decline is impacting cycling of carbon on a global scale

Tony Wu’s image shows a group of Sperm Whales off Sri Lanka’s coast, in the Indian Ocean. The size of the whale seen here defecating measures approximately 40feet. The whale dives and eats nutrients from the oceans. A sudden flood of nutrient rich biological matter can lead to phytoplankton blooms. Photosynthesis is a process in which phytoplankton absorb carbon dioxide, just like plants on the ground.  However, two-thirds of the sperm whale population had been killed by humans by the end of industrialized whaling. Their decline is affecting the global carbon cycle.

Edwin Giesbers's image of two Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) on an iceberg, Antarctica. Photographer Grigoriy Mikheev described how the image conveyed his feelings about Antarctica, that it is an 'infinitely large and magical world where you as a human being feel small and insignificant'. However, global warming is a significant threat to penguin colonies

Edwin Giesbers’s photo of two Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis Adeliae), on an Antarctica Iceberg. Grigoriy Mikheev, a photographer, described how the image conveyed his feelings regarding Antarctica. He said that it was an “infinitely vast and magical world” where you feel small and insignificant. Global warming poses a serious threat to penguin colonies. 

Staffan Widstrand's image of a Red panda or Lesser panda (Ailurus fulgens) in the humid Laba Forest in Labahe Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China. The Red panda used to live in broadleaf and mixed forests all along the Himalayas but has been hunted to local extinction in many areas. Its fur is prized for ceremonial local dress outfits and in the international fur market. Luckily, in China, during the last few years, the red panda has begun to return in numbers, thanks to a hunting ban, reforestation programs, increased protected areas and a government clampdown on the illegal wildlife trade

Staffan Widstrand captured the image of a Red and Lesser Panda (Ailurus fullgens) in Laba Forest, Sichuan Nature Reserve, China. Although the Red panda was once found in broadleaf and mixed forests throughout the Himalayas, it has been hunted to extinction in many places. Its fur is highly prized in ceremonial local dress outfits as well as on the international fur market. The red panda has seen a significant increase in its numbers in China over the past few years due to a ban on hunting and increased protection.

Tim Laman's image of a Greater bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea apoda) perches on a tree top in Badigaki Forest, Wokam - part of the the Aru Islands, Indonesia. Found here in Aru and on adjacent New Guinea, the Greater Bird-of-Paradise represents around forty different species of birds of paradise that depend on intact rainforest across the New Guinea. With more than 80 per cent of forest cover still intact, this region represents the largest remaining block of rainforest in the entire Asia-Pacific. As a huge carbon sink, it is a crucial aid in the fight against climate change

Tim Laman’s image shows a Greater bird of paradise (Paradisaea poda) perched on a treetop in Badigaki Forest. Wokam is part of the Aru Islands, Indonesia. The Greater Bird-of-Paradise, which is found in Aru and adjacent New Guinea, represents approximately forty different species that depend on intact rainforest in New Guinea. This region is the last remaining rainforest block in the Asia-Pacific. It has more than 80 percent of its forest cover. It is an important aid in combating climate change because it serves as a major carbon sink.

Nick Upton's image of Goldenstedt moor, near Vechta, Lower Saxony, Germany. Peat bogs cover just three per cent of the Earth's surface, but hold around 25 per cent of all the carbon stored in soils - twice as much as all the forests in the world combined. It means that how they are managed is an increasingly important topic

Nick Upton’s image shows Goldenstedt moor, near Vechta (Lower Saxony), Germany. Peat bogs only cover 3 percent of the Earth’s surface. But they contain 25% of all carbon stored in soils. This is twice the amount as all the forests worldwide. This means that managing them is becoming a more important topic.

Yashpal Rathore's image of a male Kottigehar dancing frog (Micrixalus kottigeharensis) putting on a display to attract the attention of a female. Traditionally male frogs rely on their croaking to attract females, but here they are struggling to be heard over the noise of fast-flowing water. So, this tiny frog, no bigger than your thumb, climbs onto a small stone and uses a different technique to attract the opposite sex: it waves its foot. The more testosterone it has, the more waving it does. This attracts possible mates and deters rival males. Global warming will negatively impact different aspects of frogs' lives: their immune and breeding systems, their habitat and embryo hatching process. The dancing frog is also threatened by the loss of its habitat. It needs 80 per cent forest canopy cover and perennial streams, both of which are under threat

Yashpal Rathore’s image shows a male Kottigehar dancing frog, (Micrixalus kottigeharensis), putting on a show to attract attention from a female. Although male frogs have relied on their croaking to attract females in the past, they are now struggling to be heard above the noise of fast-flowing waters. This tiny frog, about the size of your thumb, climbs onto small stones and uses a different method to attract the opposite sex: it wave its foot. The more testosterone it has the more it wails. This attracts potential mates and deters rival males. Global warming will have a negative impact on several aspects of frogs lives, including their immune system and breeding system, habitat, and embryo hatching process. The habitat loss is also threatening the dancing frog. It requires 80 percent forest canopy coverage and perennial streams, both which are under threat

Shane Gross's image of a Lemon shark pup (Negaprion brevirostris) in Eleuthera, the Bahamas. The mangrove forest it is swimming in as a nursery for juveniles of this species. Mangroves also provide important habitats for other species of fish, as well as and crabs (one seen above).  Mangroves are also the best-known defence against large storm surges and they absorb large amounts of carbon. However, they are being destroyed by humans

Shane Gross’s photo of a Lemon Shark pup (Negaprion.brevirostris), Eleuthera, Bahamas. It is a juvenile of this species and it is swimming in the mangrove forest. Mangroves provide habitats for many other species of fish as well as crabs (one seen above).  Mangroves provide a great defense against large storm surges and large amounts of carbon absorption. They are being destroyed however by humans

Lucas Bustamante's image of palm oil crops and deforestation in the Chocó¿Darién moist forests in Ecuador. South America has the highest rate of deforestation globally, and Ecuador is ranked number two on the continent, just after Brazil. Deforestation is the largest and most serious biodiversity and conservation problem in South America

Lucas Bustamante’s image of palm oil crops and deforestation in the Chocó–Darién moist forests in Ecuador. South America has the highest deforestation rate in the world, with Ecuador ranked second on the continent, just behind Brazil. Deforestation is the biggest and most serious threat to biodiversity and conservation in South America.

Mark Carwardine's image of a Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini) off Baja, Mexico. Tens of millions of sharks are killed around the world every year to make shark-fin soup, which is considered a delicacy in China. Many populations have been fished to extinction. Unfortunately, their fearful reputation makes it difficult to drum up support for conserving them

Mark Carwardine’s image shows a Scalloped-hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lawini), off Baja, Mexico. Shark-fin soup is a Chinese delicacy that sees tens of millions of sharks being killed each year. Many populations have been caught and killed to the point of extinction. Unfortunately, their fearful reputation makes conserving them difficult.

Jack Dykinga's image of a Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmanni) stressed and dying as a result of drought, in the Tucson Mountains, Arizona. The south-western USA has seen some of the most persistent droughts on record due to increasing temperatures. Arizona is currently in its 26th year of a long-term drought

Jack Dykinga’s image depicts a Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia Engelmanni) stressed and dying from drought in the Tucson Mountains of Arizona. Due to rising temperatures, the south-western USA experienced some of its most severe droughts. Arizona is currently experiencing its 26th long-term drought.

Michel Roggo's aerial view of the front of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Greenland. entering the Kangia Ilulissat Icefjord full of icebergs. The glacier is one of the fastest-moving  and most active glaciers in the world. Scientists also believe that rising temperatures result in increasing amounts of meltwater under the glacier

Michel Roggo’s aerial shot of the Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier front, Greenland. Entering the Kangia Ilulissat Icefjord, full of icebergs. The glacier is one of the fastest-moving  and most active glaciers in the world. Scientists believe that rising temperatures cause melting of the glacier.

Nick Garbutt's image of an adult humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving in a deep water channel in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. The region's intricate mosaic of forests, islands, fjords and mountains are incredibly rich and biodiverse and support a wealth of wildlife. Pacific salmon that feed in the Bering Sea migrate back to their natal rivers in British Columbia to spawn and die. In autumn their corpses litter the river margins and adjacent forests as bears, wolves and other predators feed on the bounty. The decaying corpses fertilize the entire forest. Everywhere there is intricate inter-connectivity and all driven by seasonal cycles threatened by climate change

Nick Garbutt’s image showing an adult humpback (Megaptera nudeangliae), swimming in deep water channels in the Great Bear Rainforest. British Columbia, Canada. The region’s complex mosaic of forests and mountains is rich in biodiversity and supports a variety of wildlife. The Bering Sea’s Pacific salmon migrate back to their native rivers in British Columbia to spawn or die. Their corpses litter the rivers and forests adjacent to them in autumn, where bears, wolves, and other predators feast on the bounty. The forest is fertilized by the decaying corpses. There is intricate interconnectedness everywhere. All driven by seasonal cycles, which are being threatened by climate change

Dong Lei's image of a rescued Chinese pangolin. A series of conservation efforts are underway to save the last remaining wild populations in Chin. Pangolins are threatened by poaching for their meat and scales, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, and by heavy deforestation of their natural habitats

Dong Lei’s photograph of a rescued Chinese Pandarin. To save Chin’s last wild populations, a series of conservation efforts is underway. Pangolins are being poached for their meat and scales. These are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Neil Aldridge's image of a grey long-eared bat (Plecotus austriacus) hunting over a meadow on a clear summer night in Devon, England. The decline of Britain's rarest breeding bat is linked to the disappearance of its grassland foraging habitat and the decimation of insect numbers due to intensive agricultural practices and development

Neil Aldridge’s image shows a grey long-eared bat, Plecotus austriacus (Plecotus spp.) on a summer night in Devon. The loss of Britain’s rarest breeding bat is due to the destruction of its grassland habitat and the decline in insect numbers as a result of intensive agricultural practices and development.

Ashley Cooper's image of Tehachapi Pass wind farm in California. It is the first large-scale wind farms in the US. The development of the wind farm started in the early 1980s. In 2020, wind power supplied 8 per cent of the US's energy needs, while in the UK almost 25 per cent of energy came from wind power, surpassing that from coal and nuclear

Ashley Cooper’s image shows the Tehachapi Pass windfarm in California. It is the first American large-scale wind farm. The wind farm was built in the 1980s. Wind power provided 8 percent of the US’s energy requirements in 2020. In the UK, however, almost 25% of energy was generated by wind power. This is more than the amount of energy that comes from nuclear and coal.

Alex Mustard's image of schools of baitfish, including Cardinalfish (Apogon spp) and Silversides (Atherinidae), massing on a coral reef in Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. The rich variety of animal life on reefs is a biochemical treasure-trove, providing us with vital ingredients for certain medicines

Alex Mustard’s image shows schools of baitfish including Silversides and Cardinalfish (Apogon spp.) gathered on a coral reef in Misool Raja Ampat West Papua, Indonesia. The rich diversity of marine life found on reefs is a biochemical treasure trove that provides us with vital ingredients to certain medicines.

Rivoni Mkansi's image of a water droplet in South Africa. The gap between rich and poor in the country is wider than in any other nation (according to World Bank data) and 74 per cent of people living in rural areas still depend on wells and pumps for their water

Rivoni Mkansi’s photograph of a South African water droplet. According to World Bank data, the gap between the rich and poor in this country is wider than any other nation. 74% of rural residents still rely on wells and pumps to get their water.

Heather Angel's of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) in Shunan Zhuhai National Park, Sichuan Province, China. Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) is a giant grass capable of adding up to three feet a day, making it one of the fastest-growing plants. This temperate bamboo reaches harvestable size in just five years, so as new shoots are formed annually, the fully grown culms can be harvested each year, which opens up the canopy for younger plants to reach maturity. Eucalyptus trees take 15 years before they are harvested and conifers such as pine, fir, spruce and larch around 40 years. As it grows, Moso bamboo absorbs far more carbon dioxide than it releases. It is also a sustainable resource that regrows after it has been cut. Native to China and Taiwan, this bamboo is grown mainly in China but now also in Japan, Portugal and the USA

Heather Angel’s of Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) in Shunan Zhuhai National Park, Sichuan Province, China. The giant grass Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis), which can grow up three feet per day, is one of the fastest growing plants. This temperate bamboo grows to harvestable size in five year. Since new shoots are created each year, fully grown culms may be harvested each spring, which allows for younger plants to reach maturity. It takes 15 years for Eucalyptus to reach harvestable size, while conifers such fir, pine, and larch can last around 40 years. Moso bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide as it grows than it emits. It is also a sustainable resource, which can regrow itself after it has been cut. This bamboo is native to China and Taiwan. However, it can now be grown in Japan and Portugal.

Sirachai Arunrugstichai's image of fish caught in a net in waters off Thailand.  Heavy use of industrial fisheries has led to the decline of fish stocks and the quality of catches

Sirachai Anrunrugstichai’s image showing fish caught in nets in the waters of Thailand.  Heavy industrial fisheries use has led to a decline in fish stocks, and a decrease in the quality of catches.