TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Environmental

The Aluminium Source

  • Prize
    Gold in Editorial/Environmental
  • Jury Top 5 Selection
  • Photographer
    Kevin Krautgartner
  • Technical Info
    Medium Format Digital
  • Photo Date

Bauxite ore is the world's primary source of aluminum. It is a characteristic reddish ore that naturally has a particularly high concentration of aluminum oxides and hydroxides. For this reason, bauxite is particularly suitable for aluminum production - also against the background of the increasing aluminum demand worldwide, because bauxite enables efficient production of the metal. The mining areas, which are usually several hectares in size, are controversial, but if you look at them from an aerial perspective, especially it’s tailing ponds look like huge abstract oil paintings.