WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2013

Wildlife Photojournalist Award

Daniel Beltrá, Spain / USA

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.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 70-200mm f4 lens at 122mm; 1/1000 sec at f8; ISO 250.

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