Mandy Barker is an international award-winning photographer with her work involving marine plastic debris having received global recognition. Her series SOUP has been published in over 20 countries including Time Magazine United States, The Guardian Eyewitness series, GEO, CNN, and The Explorers Journal. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is currently touring the United States as part of the exhibition Gyre: The Plastic Ocean which began in 2013 at The Anchorage Museum, Alaska.In 2012 Barker was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Environmental Bursary enabling her to join scientists aboard a Plastic Research Expedition sailing from Japan to Hawaii through the Tsunami Debris Field in the Pacific Ocean. This opportunity allowed her to create the series, SHOAL, enabling her to see tsunami debris at source providing a solid foundation for her continuing work.
Barker speaks internationally about her work and in November 2013 she was invited as a guest speaker to the Plastic Free Seas Youth Conference in Hong Kong. She has contributed to articles for CNN International concerning arts relationship with the environment, and her work was featured on TIME Magazine’s Lightbox, for Earth Day 2012. Barker has been nominated twice for the prestigious Prix Pictet Award (2012 & 2013), the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability, and has recently been selected as a finalist for the 2015 WYNG Master’s Award in Hong Kong to be announced in April. In 2014 she was recognized as a finalist in the Lens Culture Visual Storytelling Awards for her series, PENALTY, involving the collection of 769 marine debris soccer balls from around the World, and was also selected as a finalist in the Critical Mass Top 50 of 2014. She is currently exhibiting at the Syngenta Scarcity/Waste Photography Awards, Somerset House in London until 10 April 2015.