Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Photo Essay

Living On Water

  • Photographer
    Steff Gruber
  • Photo Date

The Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the richest inland fishing grounds in the world and home to over one million people. The majority of these people live directly on the water in houseboats which create pockets of floating villages throughout the lake in Cambodia. The population is a mix of ethnic groups and make a living from fishing or bartering.Today the people are existentially threatened not only by environmental pollution, climate change and overfishing, but also by the government, which plans to close down the villages in the near future.