Ocean Rage

PhotographerMatilde Gattoni
PrizeGold in Press / Nature/Environmental
Entry Description

Shot in Ghana, Togo and Benin, “Ocean Rage” documents the devastating effects climate change is having on the coasts of West Africa. As a direct consequence of global warming and sea level rise, the coastline is eroding at a pace of up to 36 meters per year, disrupting the lives of tens of millions of people in thirteen countries by fueling economic crisis, criminal activities and an endless wave of migration towards the West. While entire coastal communities are being swept away, erosion and sea level rise now threaten some of the world's most booming cities, as well as vital food supplies, biodiversity hotspots and UNESCO-protected historical sites. Far from being an isolated problem, this is the harbinger of what the whole world will experience if we will not be able to find a viable balance between progress and environmental conservation.