The Dammed Rainforest
In 2012, after decades of delays, controversy and fierce local and international opposition, construction of the Belo Monte Dam hydroelectric complex on the Xingu River in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest picked up speed. By 2019, it will be the world’s third largest hydroelectric project. The ecological and social cost will include loss of rainforest and biodiversity, and the displacement of 20,000-40,000 indigenous people. Daniel flew over the construction area in Pará state for Greenpeace.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 70-200mm f4 lens at 70mm; 1/1000 sec at f4.5; ISO 250.
Daniel Beltrá, Spain / USA
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.