1996 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Gideon Mendel

Network Photographers for Greenpeace Magazine

01 January, 1995

This village is dependent for its livelihood on the rich fishing grounds offshore. Everything that is caught is used: the fish is eaten fresh, smoked or dried, while the heads are used as chicken feed. A deal struck recently between the government of Senegal and the European Union, giving EU trawlers access to these seas, now threatens to upset the traditional, sustainable village economy.

About the photographer

Gideon Mendel

Born in Johannesburg in 1959, he studied psychology and African history at the University of Cape Town. Following his studies he became a freelance photographer, photographing ch...

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