POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Science & Natural History — Singles

First Place

Alain Schroeder / Freelance
“Saving Orangutans”

Second Place

Maciej Dakowicz / Freelance
“Pollution of Yangon River in Yangon, Myanmar”

Third Place

Carl de Souza / Agence France-Presse
“Amazon Burning”

Award of Excellence

Nacho Doce / Reuters
“Brazil Environment/Mangrove Forest”

Award of Excellence

Lotta Härdelin / Dagens Nyheter
“Civil disobedience for the sake of the climate”

Award of Excellence

Sirachai Arunrugstichai / Freelance
“Marium the Mermaid”

Award of Excellence

Aitor Garmendia / Freelance
“Spanish pig industry”

Award of Excellence

Kate Brooks / Freelance
“People of the Forest”

Award of Excellence: Sirachai Arunrugstichai / Freelance

Award of Excellence

“Marium the Mermaid”

Marium, the orphaned baby Dugong (Dugong dugon) that was rescued from stranding embraces a veterinarian from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, while being rehabilitated in the natural environment under cares from marine mammal experts, before dying from plastic ingestion four months later. The photo was taken at Dugong Bay, a small bay with healthy seagrass bed at Koh Libong Island, Trang province, Thailand on May 24, 2019.

While being rehabilitated, Marium showed promising signs of recovery, forming close bond with its caretakers and later gained widespread affection from the general publics, and her subsequent death helped driving major public movement and policies against single-use plastic products in Thailand and also strengthening of dugong conservation and management strategy in Thai waters.