Bronze 2020 / Editorial / Environmental

Submerged Conscience

  • Photographer
    Giacomo D'Orlando
  • Agency / Studio
  • Prizes
    Bronze in Editorial/Environmental

Globally, more than 300 million people depend on the ecosystem services that coral reefs provide, for their livelihoods and food security. The Great Barrier Reef has been registered on the World Heritage List in 1981, indicating its importance to the world. Coral reefs are rapidly degrading due to multiple pressures such as climate change and pollution. The risk of an extinction of the reefs in the world is more than ever real and this requires urgent and rapid actions to reduce global warming. To steer coral reefs through the next century we need to be aware of their importance in our lives.

Since my grandfather gave me my first film camera when I was only a child, photography has been one of the most important parts of my life, and above all, my deepest passion. I adore photography because I can have the opportunity to catch exceptional moments experienced throughout my life, through my interpretation of reality, without losing the emotions that those moments cause. For this reason, after three years spent as a photographer in the advertising industry, I decided to quit, and dedicate myself to the documentary photography and photojournalism.