Filipina Photographer wins 3rd UNCCD Photo Contest People’s Choice Award

A man with gallons of water crosses the dried up bottom of Magat Dam. The absence of rain in Isabela, Philippines in the first quarter of 2010 caused the water level of the dam reach its critical level severely affecting the irrigation system on the province. Magat Dam’s landscape totally changed in the summer of 2010 as the dam continues to dry as El Niño strikes the country

Filipina Photographer and PCP member Maria Virginia “Gigie” Cruz-Sy won the People’s Choice Award of the recently concluded 3rd United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Photo Contest which highlights the problems of desertification, land degradation and drought.

Cruz’ submitted photo “Waterless” is part of her ongoing documentary work “Contrasting Horizons” and “Running Low,” stories focusing on the impacts of Climate Change in the Philippines.

According to UNCCD, the Third Photo Contest was held in the lead up to the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP11), which will take place in Windhoek, Namibia, from 16-27 September.  Over 1,600 photos were submitted, with the largest number of submissions from India.  The winning pictures will be exhibited at the Conference of the Parties in Namibia.

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