Honorable Mention / 2021 / Press / Nature/Environmental

Coal swans

White swans walk on a frozen lake as steam and smoke rise from the Belchatow Power Station in the background in Rogowiec, Poland. The Belchatow coal-powered station, with an output of 5,472 megawatts, is the world's largest lignite coal-fired power station. The station emits approximately 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year. The central-eastern European country has the EU’s worst air, according to a report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Poland’s smog is partly caused by burning cheap fuels to heat homes. Each year, it is estimated that 45,000 premature

Omar Marques is a Portuguese freelance photojournalist from northwest Portugal based in Krakow, Poland.
He works as a stringer for Getty Images, Anadolu Agency and collaborates with magazines on editorial and commercial assignments between Central/Eastern Europe and Balkans.
In addition to providing news coverage around Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, he works on personal long-term projects. Omar’s photographs have been published in The Times, The New York Times, Stern Magazine, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Paris Match among many others.