Evan Abramson is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer born in New York City. Together with his wife Carmen Elsa Lopez, he writes, directs, shoots, edits and produces. In 2010 they formed Cows in the Field, a production house focused on telling the stories of people impacted by environmental crisis around the globe — and on finding solutions. 

Their 2011 documentary Carbon for Water has won nearly 20 film festival awards. Evan’s 2010 multimedia documentary When the Water Ends won First Prize at the 2012 World Water Forum and was nominated for a Webby, a World Press Photo Award and was a finalist in the Online Journalism Awards. 

“Film and photography are tools that I use to express the ideals that I value as a human being, and to measure the distance between those ideals and the reality of the world that we inhabit. The distance is enormous, and ever expanding: and so, this storytelling is a tireless task.” 

Evan’s photography has been published in National Geographic Adventure, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, FT Weekend, The Sunday Times, Du Magazin, Yale Environment 360, NACLA: Report on the Americas, The Progressive and Courier Japan. 

He holds a Monroe Fellowship from Tulane University for his work on a new film Last Stand on the Island. 

Filmography and awards: 

Last Stand on the Island (2013) 

$13,842 raised on Kickstarter 

Monroe Fellowship from Tulane University 

Carbon for Water (2011) 

Winner, Best International Short Film 

2011 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival 

Winner, Best Documentary Short 

2011 California International Shorts Festival 

Highly Commended 

2011 Development & Climate Days Film Festival at COP17 

Winner, Best Environmental Sustainability Film 

2012 Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival 

Winner, EarthVision Environmental Short Award 

2012 Santa Cruz Film Festival 

Winner, Best Environmental Short Film 

2012 Indie Spirit Film Festival 

Winner, Sir Edmund Hillary Award for Environmental Film 

2012 Mountain Film Awards 

Winner, Best Documentary 

Audience Choice Award 

Social Entrepreneurship Outstanding Merit Award 

2012 The MIX International Film Festival 

Winner, Best Documentary Short 

2012 Albany Film Festival 

Winner, Best Environmental Film 

2012 Honolulu Film Awards 

Winner, Best Documentary 

2012 Love Your Shorts Film Festival 

Winner, Best Short Documentary 

2012 NYLA International Film Festival 

Winner, Best Educational Film 

2012 Mexico International Film Festival 

Winner, Best Documentary Short 

2012 Geneva Film Festival 

Winner, Water Rights Special Award 

2012 A Film For Peace Festival 

Winner, Best Short Documentary 

2012 Desert Rocks Film Festival 

When the Water Ends (2010) 

Winner, Gold Drop First Prize in ‘Testimony’ Category 

2012 World Water Forum International Water & Film Festival 

Winner, Best Short Film 

2011 Tutti nello stesso piatto International Food, Film & Videodiversity Festival 


2011 World Press Photo Multimedia Contest 


2011 Online Journalism Awards 


2011 Webby Awards, Documentary: Individual Episode category 


2011 Anthropographia Award for Human Rights and Photography, Multimedia Category 

His photography and multimedia installations have been exhibited at the MAC (Contemporary Art Museum), Santiago, Chile (2011), Noorderlicht Photofestival, The Netherlands (2010), Rayburn House Building, United States Congress, Washington, DC (2010), Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia (2009), Washington Square East Galleries, New York City (2009), The National Museum of Art, Bolivia (2008), Kiosko Gallery, Bolivia (2008), SIART Biennial, Bolivia (2007), FotoEncuentro Photography Biennial, Bolivia (2007), The National Museum of Ethnography, Bolivia (2007), The Ricardo Palma Cultural Center, Peru (2006), William Siegal Galleries, Santa Fe (2005), Art for Change, New York City (2005).