Established in 2010 by Joseph Krakora in memory of his wife Polly Krakora, a member of our Advisory Council, the Polly Krakora Award for Artistry in Film Award recognized creative value in all aspects of filmmaking. The award included a $5,000 cash prize.


2019 Winner


The filmmakers take us on a worldwide tour encompassing concrete seawalls in China, which now cover 60 percent of the mainland coast; the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany; potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains; a heavy metal festival in the closed city of Norilsk, Siberia; the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia; and lithium evaporation ponds in South America’s Atacama Desert. High-end production values and state-of-the-art camera techniques capture evidence of human planetary domination. At the intersection of art and science, this film bears witness to a critical moment in geological history.


DIRECTOR: Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de Pencier

(Canada, 2018, 87 min.)


Past Winners



2018. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, (USA, 2017, 75 min.), Directed by Thomas Piper.

2017. Seasons, (France, 2015, 95 min.), Directed by Jacques Cluzaud and Jacques Perrin.

2016. The Birth of Saké, (Japan, 2015, 94 min.), Directed by Erik Shirai.

2015. Monsoon, (France, 2014, 106 min.), Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson.

2014. Harmony, (United States, 2012, 90 min.), Directed by Stuart Sender.



2013. Once Upon A Forest, (France, 2013, 78 min.), Directed by Luc Jacquet.

2012. The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, (United Kingdom, 2011, 40 min.), Directed by Lucy Walker.

2011. Oil Rocks: City Above the Sea, (Switzerland / Azerbaijan, 2009, 52 min.), Directed by Marc Wolfensberger.

2010. The Music Tree, (Brazil, 2009, 78 min.), Directed by Otavio Juliano.