The 10th Carmignac Photojournalism Award is dedicated to the Amazon and the issues related to its deforestation.
It is chaired by Yolanda Kakabadse, Minister of the Environment of Ecuador between 1998 and 2000 and President of WWF from 2010 to 2017. The Award was awarded to Tommaso Protti.From January to July 2019, Italian photojournalist Tommaso Protti, accompanied by British journalist Sam Cowie, travelled thousands of miles across the Brazilian Amazon to create this reportage. From the eastern region of Maranhão to the western region of Rondônia, through the states of Pará and Amazonas, they portrayed life in modern day Brazilian Amazon, where social and humanitarian crises overlap with the ongoing destruction of the rainforest, lungs of the planet.
“I wanted to illustrate the social transformations, focusing on the veiledtruth of the bloodshed and destruction that are currently taking placein the region. These diverse forms of violence are the consequences ofchanges in the global market, as well as of the exponential increase ofglobal consumption, from cocaine to beef. Scientists claim the forestis reaching a point of no return because of deforestation, fuelled byillegal logging, and because of land grabbing, agricultural expansion,state and private sectors led development and resource extractionprojects. I believe it is important to raise awareness of this situation and question it.”