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2020 Winners

Courtesy of Maximilian Mann

Maximilian Mann

Maximilian Mann (1992) grew up in Kassel, Germany. In his photographic work he deals with global environmental issues and the resulting consequences.

Max has been nominated for the "W. Eugene Smith Student Grant". He has won the first prize at the "Feature Shoot Awards" and was awarded with the „Felix Schoeller Newcomer Award". Max has also won prizes at the "BFF-Förderpreis“, the "College Photographer of the Year - Award" and the "IAFOR Documentary Photography Award". Maximilian is a member of DOCKS-Collective.

Student: Winning Entry: Fading Flamingos

Largely unnoticed by the world public, a major environmental disaster is taking place in Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran. Where ten years ago the waves splashed against the walls of the villages, today you see an almost endless desert. Ships that once bring people from one side of the lake to the other now lie like stranded whales on the shore, decaying.

Salt winds from the desert are spreading further and further over the residents’s fields, causing the crops to dry up. Robbed of their livelihoods, the residents are fleeing to the surrounding towns, and the villages around the lake are dying out.

Lake Urmia was once the second largest salt lake in the world, ten times bigger than Lake Constance. However, within a few years, the surface area of the lake has shrunk by 80 percent. Both climate change and the agriculture sector’s enormously high water consumption rates are responsible for this.

If this disaster is not shopped, up to five million residents could be forced to leave the area in the future.

COVID-19 Reflections...

April 2020, Dortmund, Germany

Pictures from lonely night walks through the empty parks and districts during Corona time.

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