NUJ Photography Matters

• Smokey Mountain, Cambodia by Nigel Dickinson

A youth washes plastic bags in a water hole in the middle of Smokey Mountain, Steung Mean Chey – Phnom Penh’s municipal rubbish dump. Thousands work there, recycling the city’s rubbish, dumped there by garbage trucks every day. People eat and sleep overnight in the rubbish and fumes, under plastic tarpaulins or in the open air. They work 24 hours a day, like miners, with headlamps at night, collecting plastic, metals, wood, cloth and paper, which they sort and clean, weigh and sell, to be carried away for recycling. A day’s work typically brings less than one dollar.

Nigel Dickinson, photojournalist & documentary photographer, focuses on identity, culture, human rights and the environment. His awards include a UNEP bronze award at the Rio Earth Summit 1992 for his photographs of deforestation in Asia; a World Press Award for Mad Cows in Britain in 1997; runner-up in the Eugene Smith Award, for his longterm work on Roma Gypsies across Europe in 2000; and a PPY 1st prize Features award 2008, for work in Cambodia.

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