“Environment” category in the World Press Photo Contest

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Among the most important categories of the photo contest, the “environment” brings individual photo nominations from South Africa, Germany, Spain / United States, Italy and the Netherlands.

1) Waiting for freedom – Neil Aldridge (South Africa)


World Press Photo Contest Saga Nature Rinoceronte
Source: © Neil Aldridge 

September 21, 2017
A young white rhino, drugged and blindfolded, about to be released in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, after his transfer from South Africa to protect himself from poachers.


2) The zombie mouse attack – Thomas P. Peschak (Germany)


World Press Photo Contest Saga Nature Albatro
Source: © Thomas P. Peschak

A young gray-headed albatross on Marion Island, South African Antarctic Territory, is injured after an attack by mice of an invasive species which has begun to feed on live young chicks and albatrosses.


3) Back in time – Thomas P. Peschak (Germany)


World Press Photo Contest Saga Nature Pinguinos
Source: © Thomas P. Peschak 

March 11, 2017
A historical photograph of a colony of African penguins, taken at the end of the 1890s, is a stark contrast to the decline in numbers seen in 2017 in the same place, on Halifax Island, Namibia. The colony once had more than 100,000 penguins.

4) Amazon: Threatened paradise – Daniel Beltrá (Spain / United States)


World Press Photo Contest Saga Nature Deforestación
Source: © Daniel Beltrá 

January 19 – February 18, 2017
Deforestation in the Amazon, Brazil. After the deforestation declined since the alarming peaks in 1995 and 2004, the rate in the Amazon increased markedly in 2016.


5) Hunger solutions – Luca Locatelli (Italy)


World Press Photo Contest Saga Nature Agricultura
Source: © Luca Locatelli 

From October 2, 2016 to March 9, 2017
Innovative agricultural practice in the Netherlands has reduced the dependence on water for key crops and has drastically reduced the use of chemical pesticides and antibiotics. In ‘Food Valley’, an expansive group of agricultural technology start-ups and experimental farms indicate possible solutions to the global hunger crisis.


6) Wasteland – Kadir van Lohuizen (Netherlands), NOOR Images


World Press Photo Contest Saga Nature Basura
Source: © Kadir van Lohuizen, NOOR Images  

From February 23, 2016 to July 9, 2017
Humans are producing more waste than ever before. The differences between the waste management systems documented between 2016 and 2017 in Jakarta, Tokyo, Lagos, New York, São Paulo and Amsterdam investigate how societies manage, or mismanage their waste.