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Toxic Trespass

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'Toxic Trespass' sheds light on the toxic effects and growing contamination from the
abandoned Union Carbide pesticide factory site that continues to severely effect and poison the
people of Bhopal, India today.

The original site of the heavily-polluted pesticide plant was never cleared up and remains, as
referred to by Greenpeace, one of the world's 'toxic hotspots'. Thousands families have, for
decades, been using water contaminated with toxic chemicals as their primary supply leading
to serious illnesses, including cancers, and a spate of birth defects in their children.

The title refers to scholar-activist Sandra Steingraber's concept of toxic trespass, in which
"chemicals that are suspected or known to be linked to cancer or reproductive problems;
neurological poisons that are entering our bodies because we're breathing or we're drinking or
we're eating food and we haven't consented to their presence being there."

Giles Clarke is a photojournalist with Getty Images Reportage based in New York City focusing almost entirely on humanitarian and conflict issues.

His work has been featured by The United Nations (OCHA), American Photography (AP)33/35 Annual Publication, The New York Times, Amnesty International, CNN, The Guardian, Global Witness, TIME, The New Yorker, The Sony World Photo Awards, National Press Photographers Association, Paris Match and Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan.

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Ilaria Quadrani Fine Arts for Gallery/Exhibition/Print sales

Awards 2019: Best Of American Photography - AP35 book - Selected Images-Yemen In Crisis

2018: Philip Jones Griffiths Award - Finalist - Yemen: Proxy War Turmoil

2018: World Report Award - 2nd Place, Single Shot Award

2018: Imagely Fund - Winner - Yemen In Crisis

2018: Sony World Photography Awards - Finalist, Current Affairs & News Category - Yemen In Crisis

2018: Allard Photo Prize - Winner - Yemen In Crisis

2017: Lucie Foundation: International Photography Awards - 1st Place, Deeper Perspective Award - Yemen In Crisis

2017: Verzasca Photo Awards - Finalist - Yemen In Crisis

2017: Mobile Photo Awards - Grand Prize Winner

2016: Allard Photo Prize - Winner - Toxic Trespass, Bhopal

2016: National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism - 1st Prize, Environmental Picture Story - Waste In Time, Haiti

2016: National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism - 2nd Prize, Contemporary Issues Story - Toxic Trespass, Bhopal

2016: Sony World Photography Awards - Finalist, Campaign Category - Toxic Trespass, Bhopal

2016: PDN Storytellers - Winner, Environmental Story - Waste In Time, Haiti

2016: Pictures of the Year International POYI- Award of Excellence - Toxic Trespass, Bhopal