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Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Conservation Mention: Joycelyn Santoso Tan

The Tip of the Reef: Armed with a scythe, an Indonesian fisherman rapidly divests rows of landed sharks of their fins. The Tanjung Luar Fish Market on the island of Lombok is notorious amongst marine conservationists for its shark and manta ray fishery, which supplies the Chinese market. Both adults and pups are landed here, and by all accounts shark populations in the surrounding waters have been severely depleted. Photographer Joycelyn Santoso Tan says the fishermen moved like robots, slicing fins with skilful emotional detachment, but she could not blame them for doing the job that supports their families. Indonesia, one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, is being robbed of its riches, and solutions to safeguard the interests of both communities and the wilds remain elusive.

LOCATION: Tanjung Luar Fish Market, Lombok, Indonesia, DETAILS: Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Lens: Sigma 50 mm. f/1.4, Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec., Aperture: f/3.2, ISO 400, Focal length: 50 mm. Flash: no Image taken: April 11, 2015; 9.54 a.m.

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