Magical image of ‘tree island’ shortlisted for major photo prize

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Magic Tree by Yevhen Samuchenko

Photographers: Antonio Pérez, Yevhen Samuchenko, Ju Shen Lee, Roberto Buenov

THESE captivating photos each tell a powerful story about human influence on the planet. The images are among shortlisted entries for Earth Photo 2021, a global photography and video competition developed by the UK’s Royal Geographical Society and Forestry England.

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001 The Sea Moves Us, the Sea Moves (Fuvemeh Ghana)

Above is an image called 001 The Sea Moves Us, The Sea Moves (Fuvemeh Ghana) from a series by Antonio Pérez, showing Bebli Adzotor in what is left of her home in the fishing village of Fuvemeh, Ghana. Such communities have disappeared or are at risk because of coastal erosion and rising sea levels driven by climate change.

Ukraine’s Sofiyivsky Park is the focus of Magic Tree by Yevhen Samuchenko, showing part of this idyllic park photographed aerially to look like a tree. The park contains more than 2000 types of tree.

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Balancing Act All Day Long by Ju Shen Lee

Above is Balancing Act All Day Long by Ju Shen Lee, which features a man fishing on Inle Lake, Myanmar. People here  have a unique fishing technique, rowing their boats with one leg while standing on the other. This requires a lot of strength and balance, as this image shows.

Finally, Forest Like Gardens by Roberto Bueno captures the effects of deforestation, shown through the stepped vineyards in the province of Tarragona, Spain, that have been carved out of land once dominated by forest.

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Forest Like Gardens by Robert Bueno

The images will be exhibited at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Competition winners will be announced on 19 August.

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