Nothing paints the picture of a Mediterranean island better than a fishing boat cruising through bright blue waters. Idyllic as this picture may seem, it is no secret that our seas are under immense pressure, and that small-scale fishing is a striving profession. Fishermen are the first to know how our seas have changed over the years, witnessing the overexploitation of resources and competing for space. I was offered an assignment by BirdLife Cyprus to join its Bycatch Project on a quest to understand the magnitude of the bycatch problem -the accidental killing of vulnerable species- on the island and offer solutions, by capturing fishermen’s tales.
The series of images has been awarded in the following:
2020 Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3): Honorable mention in Professional Portrait, Culture - Fishermen of the Cyprus Bycatch Project
2020 International Photo Awards - Honorable Mention in Professonal People, Lifestyle - Fishermen of the Cyprus Bycatch Project
2020 ND Photography Awards: 3rd Place & Bronze Star Award in Professional Editorial: Daily Life - Fishermen of the Cyprus Bycatch Project
Visit BirdLife Cyprus's Bycatch project website here
All images and text are copyright © Silvio Augusto Rusmigo 2019