TIFA 2023 Editorial / Environmental

Human Elephant Conflict In Sri Lanka

  • Prize
    Silver in Editorial/Environmental
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Tomohide Ikeya War is not only a human problem. It is a symbolic work that raises the issue that war is not only a human problem, but also the greatest destruction of nature. Kudos to the author for focusing on this issue!

  • Photographer
    Federico Borella
  • Photo Date

The Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) in Sri Lanka is an issue that affects both the living conditions of local communities and the lives of these animals, which are increasingly being killed by humans through gunshot wounds, electrocution, traps, and explosive devices. According to recent studies, between 2020 and 2022, 1136 elephants lost their lives as a result of this conflict, out of a total population of just over 7000, making the country have the highest mortality rate in the world. The human toll is equally dire: 399 human deaths, in addition to thousands injured and permanently disabled.

Federico Borella is a freelance photojournalist. Internationally published, Federico has more than 10 years of experience as a news photographer and reportage working for both national and foreign magazines, agencies and publications, including New York Times, National Geographic, Newsweek, Time Magazine, National Geographic, CNN, Stern, Dummy, Days Japan, XL Semanal, NZZ, Alpha magazine, Aftenposten, among others. In 2019 was named in London, Photographer of the year 2019 at Sony Awards 2019.