Photographer Lalo de Almeida, from Folha, Wins the World Press Photo Regional Award

Recognized work documents the occupation of the Amazon and its impact on the forest and the inhabitants of the region

Lalo de Almeida, a photojournalist for Folha, won the regional category of long-term project at the World Press Photo, the most prestigious photojournalism award in the world, for his work in the Amazon.

This year, the award changed the configuration of the annual contest and its judgment and divided the award into two stages. This Thursday (24), the regional winners from 23 countries were announced, and on April 7, the four global winners will be announced.

The award-winning project was Distopia Amazônica, chosen as a highlight among professionals in South America. The work documents the occupation of the Amazon and its impact on the forest and the inhabitants of the region. The images were published by Folha in the series Amazônia under Bolsonaro.

BOCA DO ACRE, AM. 18/03/2020. ESPECIAL AMAZONIA SOB BOLSONARO. ( Foto: Lalo de Almeida/ Folhapress ) - Lalo de Almeida

The reporting series, which began to be published in 2020, tells the challenges to keep the forest standing, addressing topics such as deforestation, illegal mining and quilombola communities.

Most of the work was done in partnership with two other reporters, Fabiano Maisonnave and Marcelo Leite, and was funded by Rainforest Foundation Norway and Climate Home News.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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