WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2010

One Earth Award

Daniel Beltrá, Spain

The last cut

For the past eight years, Daniel has been documenting the destruction of the world's rainforests, focusing on the relationship between deforestation and global warming. One main reason for forest clearance in Indonesia is the consumption of palm oil, which is now used in half of all consumer goods, from cosmetics and prepacked food to biofuels. Here, in a new oil-palm plantation near Sungaihantu, Indonesia, on the island of Borneo, the skeleton of a rainforest tree is the last relic of the rainforest that once was. 'I want my photography to highlight how crucial it is to preserve these rich ecosystems - to inspire people to make changes that will help protect them,' says Daniel.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens; 1/1000 sec at f5.6; ISO 500.


Sungay Hanyu, Borneo, Indonesia: latitude -1.68149, longitude 113.382 Sungay Hanyu, Borneo, Indonesia: latitude -1.68149, longitude 113.382

Sungay Hanyu, Borneo, Indonesia

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Daniel Beltrá, Spain

A Spanish photojournalist based in the USA, Daniel specialises in environmental and conservation stories. A fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), he works regularly for Greenpeace and has won several prestigious awards for his photojournalism, which he hopes will inform people and inspire action.

  • Beneath the surface
  • From sea to air
  • Toxic beauty
  • Crimson crude
  • Oil print
  • Still life in oil
  • Discarded
  • The last tree
  • Clearing the way
  • The art of shock
  • The nature of destruction
  • Ghost forest