I argue that environmental journalists have just about the toughest time of any beat properly telling stories. How do you encapsulate all the intricacy and importance of something on the scale of climate change or mine closure in black and white words, especially when the impacts are often long-term? How do you include proper multimedia? Shoot a photo of a speck of dust?
Over the past three years, photography has become more and more integral to my work. In my writing, I am constantly on the lookout for the human facets of my stories, but photos do something that words simply can't. Daily, I am pushed to find creative frames for this reason. Shot from a helicopter, this particular image shows workers on a massive tailings pile on the Far West Rand.