TOKYO-2018 Editorial / Environmental

Greece'S Dirty Secret

  • Prize
    Gold in Editorial/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Anna Pantelia

Despite the strict EU regulations on coal and the declining profits that the industry faces, Greece has just made the biggest investment for the construction of 2 new plants in the area of Ptolemaida. The post-apocalyptic landscape of Ptolemaida is composed of a sprawling black mine and few deserted villages. Coal is among the worst sources of toxic air pollutants globally. In 2012 alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 7 million people died as a result of exposure to air pollution. In Europe, each death attributable to such exposure occurs prematurely by an estimated 11years

Anna Pantelia is a Greek photojournalist currently working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in South Sudan. Her photographs and interviews have been published on the major media organizations such as Newsweek, CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC,The Telegraph, The Guardian, Vice News and the Major Greek Newspapers and Tv Channels. She is working as a freelancer photographer with Action Aid, Save the Children, CARE Int and she has been official photographer of CERN between 2012-2014.