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Silver 2019 Editorial / Environmental

Waste Land

  • Photographer
    Takumi Wada
  • Agency / Studio
  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial / Environmental

Scavengers collect recyclable garbage for resale at landfill In West Java, Indonesia. They earn around $2~5 per day. About 6,000 tons of waste is dumped every day. Also dumps release large amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. Burning trash outdoors is also harmful, to the environment and people’s health. At least 3,000 people including children are engaged on picking up garbage in dangerous conditions, navigating mountains of unstable trash at risk of toppling in avalanches of garbage.

TAKUMI WADA was born in 1988, based in Tokyo, Japan. He is a documentary photographer who especially forcusing on the human rights, social disparities. He has completed his undergraduate studies Economics and International Relations at universities in Japan. He has won several international awards and his works have been exhibited and published internationally. He is currently based in Tokyo, Japan and mainly covers people who live in harsh environments such as workers and refugees around the world.