Ascent

CompanyDiario El Esquiú
PhotographerDiego Ramón Moreno
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The series was shot in the catamarquean territory of the Cordillera de los Andes, more than 15000 feet above sea level, in Argentina. This zone is known as the "Seismiles" as it hosts the highest volcanoes on Earth and five of the higher peaks of the American continent. Though it is an inhospitable place -50 knots winds and 32 degrees during day in the summer- it has been scenary for mininum human and animal life. The photos show the variety of minerals in the soil and their impact in the colors formation. This is atracttive for mining companies. In addition, the water of the higher lagoons is undrinkable, even for animals, and the flora is very scarce. Guanacos, flamingos, vicuñas and some andean birds can be found. The "Nevado Tres Cruces" is known as an old shepherds path. The route connecting Argentina and Chile it's miles away from this zone.