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Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019

This annual competition, sponsored by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, celebrates the pictures that highlight the damage that humans are doing to our environment. Here are five of this year’s winners…

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1. Invisible Valerie Leonard At the Sisdol landfill site in Nepal, wastepickers rummage through garbage all day long, looking for materials or valuables to sell. This ‘temporary’ landfill, located near the country’s capital Kathmandu, has been in operation since 2005, and is running out of capacity.

2. Remains Of The Forest J Henry Fair Hambach Forest in Germany was nearly 12,000 years old when it was bought by a power company to dig for coal underneath. The forest was once the size of Manha an, but today just 10 per cent of it remains. Protests against this deforestation have been ongoing in the area since 2012.

3. Desperate Measures Neville Ngomane This looks like animal cruelty, but in fact the rhino is being dehorned in a last-ditch a empt to save it from being killed by poachers.

4. Sewing Net Tran Tuan Viet As fish stocks decrease worldwide, fishermen have been turning to more extreme methods – such as the small-hole nets seen being manufactured here. This type of net can wreak havoc on marine biodiversity, as they trap eversmaller species.

5. Beneath The Rising Tide Sean Gallagher Fallen trees lie on the sandy shores of Tuvalu’s Funafuti lagoon as the waves lap around them. Land erosion has always been an issue for the tiny South Pacific nation, but its problems are intensifying as sea levels rise. Many, if not all, of the islands in the archipelago could soon disappear completely, pu ing the country’s entire population at risk of being displaced.

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