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Earth Photography by Daniel Beltra

  • Posted by Neil Simonton on December 17, 2012 in Photography
  • We first became aware of award-winning conservation photographer Daniel Beltra via his amazing Spill series, a collection of aerial shots documenting the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At once sickening and beautiful, the photos landed Beltra a Prix Pictet nomination. But Beltra's environmental photo portfolio goes much, much deeper than that. His work, on the ground and shooting from planes, includes regular assignments for Greenpeace covering issues like climate change and deforestation.

    Here we offer a hand-picked selection of Beltra's environmental advocacy photos, shot in Brazil, the Congo, and Indonesia. 

    Photos, left to right:

    1. Severe drought reveals the remains of a tree on the banks of the Madeira River in Nova Olinda do Norte, Brazil.

    2. Ground covered by the purple flowers of a Jambo tree in Bellterra, Para State, Brazil.

    3. A small island in Lake Mai-Ndombe is revealed through the cloud coverin the central region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    4. Indomoro mine toxic waste runoff in Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, Indonesia.

    5. Spared patch of rainforest surrounded by soy fields in Para State, Brazil.

    6. A small river meanders through pristine rainforest north of Cuiaba, Para State, Brazil.


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