The British Photography Awards (UPDATE: Voting now closed)

November 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

This year has been very good so far, with some of my work being awarded and shortlisted in different international competitions. The latest piece of good news came yesterday via email, when I was informed that I had been shortlisted for the Documentary category at the British Photography Awards. It is an honour to have my work selected, but the most important thing is that the project from which the image originated, which I feel very strongly about, is getting more and more exposure!

The image in question is the same one that was highly commended at the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018, just a couple of weeks ago (blog entry here).

8-Indigenous Boy Holding Baby Sloth8-Indigenous Boy Holding Baby SlothMANAUS, BRAZIL. An indigenous boy holds a baby sloth. According to Brazilian law, certain indigenous communities in the Amazon enjoy special status in their relationship with wildlife. However, questions are raised when these communities abuse this relationship to attract tourism.

Although I felt that this particular animal was not being used as tourist-bait, evidence gathered during this project by World Animal Protection indicates capturing sloths for use as pets is an increasing animal welfare concern.

This image is part of an investigative project designed to asses the impact of the selfie phenomenon on wildlife. During this assignment it became apparent that many tourists join tours to engage in eco-activities, unaware that the activities are often unregulated, illegal and cruel.

Animals used in these activities can die prematurely due to mishandling and severe, constant stress. Tour guides who are either lying or being lied to themselves pre-empt possible concerns by assuring tourists that these activities are harmless to the animals, and that supporting such activities help the local communities.

 

This competition varies from many others in which, in this stage, the jury has selected the finalist images, but it does not select the winning images - they are selected by the public.

I encourage as many people as possible to vote for whichever project they feel connected with. You can find the other finalists in the Documentary category here:

UPDATE: public voting has now closed. Unfortunately I didn't make it this time, but I was happy to see many other great projects getting some exposure!

 


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