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Silver 2021 Editorial / Environmental

Coal Swans

  • Photographer
    Omar Marques
  • Agency / Studio
    Omar Morais Rodrigues Marques
  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial / Environmental

White swans walk on a frozen lake as steam and smoke rise from the Belchatow Power Station in the background on February 23, 2021 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). Each year, it is estimated that 45,000 premature deaths take place in Poland due to air pollution.

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 others.