Ethiopia Church forest photos secure third place at Sony Photography Awards

17 May 2019

Award-winning Scottish photographer, Kieran Dodds, was awarded third place for his series of photos Hierotopia, which showcases Ethiopia’s church forests and raises awareness about deforestation, while exploring the relationship between people and their environments.

In the last 100 years, 90% of Ethiopia’s forests have been lost through the expansion of land use for agriculture.

However, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Churches in Northern Ethiopia are preserving the forests surrounding their churches by teaming up with scientists and the local community. Ancient canopies are protected as a tenet of faith, and thousands of forest fragments exist across Northern Ethiopia – green islands of biodiversity – which represent a miniature Garden of Eden and offer hope for conservation and future restoration.

Entos Eyesus church forest on an island in Lake Tana near Bahir Dar

Ambassador Fesseha held an audience with Kieran on 10th May where they discussed the importance of conservation and how, through the media and other sources, more Ethiopians can be made aware of these vital spaces of biodiversity.

We interviewed Kieran about his experience in Ethiopia, and what he hopes people will achieve through his photography. Watch the interview via the Embassy YouTube page at http://bit.ly/KieranDodds.

 

Award-Winning Photographer Showcases Ethiopia's Church Forests

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