TIFA 2022 Editorial / Environmental

Another Ecological Disaster

  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Nicola Balestrazzi

I've been travelling the South Pacific Coast of Nicaragua in August and September 2022 from Playa Maderas to Playa Guasacate. Hundreds of dead sea turtles have been found washed up on the beaches in what seems another ecological disaster. Talking to people on every single beach I've been, they told me that a few weeks before they saw many huge fishing boats stationing far away off the coast. They fish prawns, shrimps or any kind of seafood raking up whatever get caught in their nets, and then move away. It is plausible that all these dead turtles got caught in their nets and then thrown away.

Born and raised in Italy, Nicola Balestrazzi is a trader who has been able to balance his work in the financial sector with his passion for photography, favoring street and documentary photography. His love for photography and travels pushed him to work as a self-employed trader for the last few years, to dedicate more time exploring the world and shooting everything that satisfies his curiosity, stimulates his sight, and everything that documents human life and the surrounding environment.