Marine Conservation category runner-up

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Killing angels by João Rodrigues (Portugal) in Muncar, east Java, Indonesia Mobula rays are caught and brought by villagers to Munca, the second largest port in Indonesia. A typical victim of bycatch, mobula ray gills are extracted and exported to China for use in traditional medicine. This image depicts a local villager processing a mobula with a traditional katana. I chose this dramatic moment, which invokes the exploitation of these charismatic animals, to raise awareness about their cruel reality.

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