Gold 2021 / Editorial / Environmental

Unyielding Floods

  • Prizes
    Gold in Editorial/Environmental, 2nd Place winner in Editorial
  • Company
    Peter Caton
  • Photographer
    Peter Caton

Floods in South Sudan have triggered an alarm for acute food insecurity across the country, says IPC report. About 1.3 million children suffer from acute malnutrition, the deadliest hunger, exacerbated by the spread of malaria and unsafe drinking water connected to the floods. 1 million people have been affected by the floods since July 2020; Jonglei State is at the heart of the devastation. The isolated area of Old Fangak, north of Jonglei, will starve by the start of 2021. This project documents the devastation on three levels: natural disaster, food insecurity, loss of dignified living.

Important works include 2010, the 'Sinking Sundarbans' exhibition in partnership with Greenpeace at the Oxo Gallery in London. A project that has since travelled internationally. In 2011 Peter undertook an investigation of the Brazilian ‘cerrado’, which turned into an exhibition with two solo shows in Sao Paulo's SENAC. In 2020 Peter documented the advance of climate change and its effects on the lives of the poorest in South Sudan and which was published by The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian, El Pais and Corriere Della Sera.