Power Plant Beach

PhotographerSusana Cabañero
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryHoyo de Manzanares, Spain
Photo Date27/07/2013
Technical InfoDigital image
Entry Description

Lamma Island Power Station is a coal and gas-fired power station, the second largest in Hong Kong. Built in 1982, it provides power to Hong Kong Island. Lamma island is a pristine setting where cars are not allowed but it is the site of a coal-fired polluting power station whose chimneys tower over the beach where locals walk, play and swim. Electricity generation is one of the major sources of air pollution in Hong Kong. Air Pollution from coal-fired power plants comes from the emission of gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas which is a contributor to global warming and climate change. Acid rain is caused by the emission of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide into the air. Coal ash produced by coal-fired power plants has contaminated ground water with toxic elements, such as arsenic and lead.

About Photographer

A documentary photographer currently based in Madrid. Susana has also lived in the UK, Germany and France. She has a multidisciplinary background in science, translation and fine arts. Her personal work focuses on travel, memory and the exploration of human emotions. With her images, she aims at provoking discussion and reflection. Her projects also talk about the relationship between people and their environment and the merging of traditions and modernity. In 2017, she has been selected to participate in Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña and she received an Honourable Mention at the IPA Photography Awards, Climate Change 2016. In 2015, she was finalist of the LensCulture Street Awards with her work on Ethiopia and recipient of the Albarracin Seminar Award with "el Hombrecino". In 2013 she was a finalist at the International Photographic Contest Alliance Française-Fundación Pilar Citoler. In 2012, she self-published her first dummy el Hombrecino, which has been exhibited in ARCOmadrid International Contemporary Art Fair (2013) and Libros Mutantes Book Fair, Casa Encendida Madrid (2013). Her images have also been exhibited in places like PhotoEspaña, the Alliance Française, Voies Off Arles and published in media like El País -El Viajero and international online media.