Gold 2020 / Nature / Trees

Dead Vlei Trees

  • Photographer
    Matilde Simas
  • Agency / Studio
    Mattie's Studio
  • Prizes
    Gold in Nature/Trees

Among the towering orange dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park is an area known as Dead Vlei. In the Dead Vlei, you will find the tallest dunes in the world. The rich orange dunes that surround the area owe their hue to age, the sand has literally rusted. The blue sky, orange dunes, white pans, and scorched black trees create an alien landscape. The trees, now over 1000 years old, form a barren forest. As I gazed through my lens, the earth beneath me hummed. I captured each tree as if they were dancers preforming on a magnificent stage.

Currently living in Boston, Matilde is a storyteller, educator, and the founder of Capture Humanity. Interested in the intersection of art, audience engagement and social change, Matilde leverages the power of visual storytelling to inform, provoke discussions, and inspire action. In 2019, Matilde was awarded a UNICEF Picture of the Year Honorable Mention and she also emerged a winner of the 2020 Social Cause International Photography Award from the Lucie Foundation.