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 70mm; 1/1000 sec at f4; ISO 250.


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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.

  • 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
  • Ghost forest
  • The last cut