Photographers Nacho Doce and Ricardo Moraes spent months documenting deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Initial data from Brazil’s space agency suggests that deforestation of the vast Amazon – the largest rainforest in the world – spiked by over a third during the past year, wiping out an area more than twice the size of the city of Los Angeles. If the figures are borne out by follow-up data, they would confirm fears of scientists and environmental activists who warn that farming, mining and Amazon infrastructure projects, coupled with changes to Brazil’s long-standing environmental policies, are reversing progress made against deforestation.
Navesh Chitrakar photographed the Budhathoki family, who live in rural Nepal. Devi, and three of her children, suffer from Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa, commonly known as “Werewolf Syndrome” a rare disease that causes excessive hair growth. The family are undergoing laser hair removal in the hopes of lessening their symptoms.