Netting a catch

PhotographerGilles Nicolet
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

For a thousand years now, fishermen have ploughed the rich seas of the Swahili Coast for their bounty of fish. But all of this is changing now. A combination of overfishing, population increases, climate change as well as the recent discovery of gas fields in the region, is threatening this fragile equilibrium. The fishing communities that occupy these shores are particularly at risk, and it could be that we are now witnessing the last of fishing and sailing traditions that had remained largely intact for hundred of years.

About Photographer

I am a self-taught photographer who has been living and working in Africa for many years now. I always had a special interest in anthropology and ethnography, something that I hope helps me capture the essence of my subjects. In the past most of my stories where about rare traditions that somehow linked man and wildlife, but Africa has changed a lot in the last few decades and unfortunately most of these traditions have now disappeared. My recent work has therefore been more personal and contemplative and less focused on narrative picture stories aimed at magazines. I have also moved away from color photography and now only shoot in black and white. I am presently working on a book on the Swahili Coast - a unique physical, historical and cultural entity that runs from Southern Somalia all the way to Mozambique. This current work is but the first leg of a photographic journey where I will be looking at the fate of disadvantaged fishing communities the world over.