Nesting in Plastic


  • Photographer
    Lana Tannir
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Company/Studio
    Lana Tannir Photography
  • Date of Photograph
    June 12, 2020
  • Technical Info
    Full Frame, 1/500th of a second, f/2.8, 137 mm

Every year, Northern Gannets migrate to the German island Heligoland to brood and raise their young. Besides algae, the seabirds use colorful fishing nets, dolly ropes and nylon yarn to build their nests. The result: entangled in plastic, they can no longer hunt or hang themselves in the plastic chords. Approximately 20,000 tons of plastic is dumped into the North Sea yearly. It is estimated that currently around 98% of all seabird nests in Heligoland contain plastic waste – a sobering statistic indicative of the global issue of plastic pollution in both developing and developed countries.

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