AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 32 WINNER

The winners in this years American Photography 32 book are a long and illustrious list of visual storytellers. I’m super proud to be amongst them with this image from a story commissioned by Wired Magazine about illegal sand mining in India.

Sand mining boats work illegally on the Thane River near Nagla Bunder Village in Maharashtra, India, 2015. Indian workers dive to the bottom of the river with a metal bucket to scoop sand that is hauled to the water surface by the boat crew. As construction and industry drive a demand for sand, illegal sand mining is stripping riverbeds and beaches of sand with severe environmental consequences. The unregulated sand mining industry employs thousands of workers who depend on the mining for their livelihood and is controlled by local powerbrokers. Photo by Adam Ferguson for WIRED

Sand mining boats work illegally on the Thane River near Nagla Bunder Village in Maharashtra, India, 2015. Indian workers dive to the bottom of the river with a metal bucket to scoop sand that is hauled to the water surface by the boat crew. As construction and industry drive a demand for sand, illegal sand mining is stripping riverbeds and beaches of sand with severe environmental consequences. The unregulated sand mining industry employs thousands of workers who depend on the mining for their livelihood and is controlled by local powerbrokers. Photo by Adam Ferguson for WIRED