1st Place / 2018 / Nature /

Healing Landscape: A Damaged World in Transition

  • Prize
    Gold in Nature/Earth, 1st Place winner in Nature
  • Company
    Joson Photo Llc.
  • Photographer

The San Francisco Bay Area Salt Ponds, once home to a stunning array of wildlife and plants, viewed from air, are now a world of blazing colors and swirling patterns.  Yet their complex industrial history, including the use of their salt to manufacture napalm in the 1960s—the searing effects of which I witnessed firsthand during my upbringing as a young Buddhist monk in Vietnam—has increasingly led me to see them in a new light. This is a story of a thriving land in transition: a healing landscape that unites many worlds as one.