‘Toxic Trespass’ Nominated 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Campaign Shortlist

Dow Chemical Bhopal

Photo: Giles Clarke, Getty Images Reportage

Picture shows Sameer Hasan, aged 16, held by his mother Wahida at home in the Jamalpura neighborhood. Sameer suffers from severe spastic cerebral palsy.

After yesterday’s great news of Giles Clarke’s ‘Bhopal: Toxic Trespass’ photographs winning the Award of Excellence, in the ‘Pictures of the Year International’ competition, we are now doubly excited to announce that the work has also been nominated, in the Campaign category, for the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards.

On the awards website, Giles explains that the title of his campaign refers to scholar-activist Sandra Steingraber’s concept of toxic trespass, in which “chemicals that are suspected or known to be linked to cancer or reproductive problems; neurological poisons that are entering our bodies because we’re breathing or we’re drinking or we’re eating food and we haven’t consented to their presence being there.” 

We wish Giles the best of luck with the nomination and believe the work would be a worthy winner. To see the World Photography Awards Campaigns shortlist: CLICK


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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.