/ 2021 / Press / Feature Story

Australian Bushfires - Summer of Fire

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/Feature Story, Gold in Press/Nature/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Kiran Ridley
  • Credit
    Kiran Ridley

The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season, known as the black summer, began with several serious uncontrolled fires during the middle of the Australian winter in June 2019, becoming the most devastating fire season on record. Throughout the summer, hundreds of fires burnt, destroying anestimated 18.6 million hectares (46 million acres; 186,000 square kilometres) of land - the size of South Korea - and destroyed over 5,900 buildings, killing at least 34 people. An estimated one billion animals have been killed driving some endangered species to extinction.

Kiran is an award winning photographer working throughout Europe and Asia, concentrating on news, social political topics and the human experience. His work has is published throughout the world including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Times and The Financial Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Figaro, Le Point, Welt, El Pais, Forbes, Observer and Guardian newspapers, Time, Spiegel, Economist Magazine, GQ, and Newsweek amongst many others.

Awards Kolga Tbilisi Reportage Award 2020
TAPSA Scholarship 2020
First prize in the Editorial News Category 2019 ND Awards
Association of Photographers ‘Document’ Awards
Highly Commended in the Ian Parry Award
Finalist for 'Young Photographer of the Year' in the 'Picture Editor’s Awards'