Bronze 2017 / People / Children


  • Photographer
    Javier Sanchez-Monge Escardo
  • Prizes
    Silver in Editorial/Environmental, Bronze in People/Children

The children of a wounded planet represents this new generation of children born in the era of the Anthropocene as well as an agonizing outcry for help; the outcry of a wounded planet and most unknowingly of the children who are born into it. Unaware that not so long ago the planet used to be different, the children of the Anthropocene play and live in an apocalyptic legacy, in a world of waste, polluted waters and almost non-existing trees or birds. Unknowingly as well, and probably -if given a choice-unwillingly, they represent the modern estranged relation between the human beings and nature, which has already reached the point of no return. They sail on imagined rivers, become climate change refugees, climb on imagined mountains and get lost in imagined forests. They imagine nonexistent animals, nonexistent flowers, and a world which no longer is…..they are the offspring of the Anthropocene.

Javier Sánchez-Monge Escardó is a Spanish photojournalist and philosopher born in 1965 in Madrid who has travelled and lived throughout different countries in an effort to document both humanitarian and environmental causes, specially dedicating himself in the past two years to the issue of climate change and to the man-made era of the anthropocene, among other issues of humanitarian nature, such as the Rohingya refugees. His works have been published on El País, La Vanguardia, El Confidencial, El Día, El Diario de Navarra, Periodistas en Español and through the Spanish agency Agencia EFE.