Tasmanian rainforest protest showcased in world photography prize

Bob Brown Foundation congratulates Calumn Hockey who has been highly commended in one of the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competitions for a photo of our takayna protest blockade. The blockade was in place for five months in early 2022 preventing the destruction of the area by Chinese state owned MMG which proposes a heavy metals mine waste dump over 285 hectares.

Hockey has been announced as a highly commended photographer in the photojournalism category in the London Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Calumn’s photo of two tree sitters high in a eucalyptus, threatened by logging, was in the top 100 out of 40 000 photos.

“The global spotlight must be on Tasmania’s takayna / Tarkine as its future is threatened by deforestation, logging and mining. One of its tall ancient trees with peaceful defenders has reached global attention overnight and should be a warning beacon to the world that takayna needs urgent protection from further destruction,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

“Peaceful protests to defend and protect takayna’s rainforests have recently been criminalised by Tasmania’s government which has failed to provide secure protection for takayna / Tarkine. Successive governments have failed to protect world heritage values, rare and endangered species and one of the last wild places on Earth. Global attention on the plight of takayna and support for our peaceful defence of Australia’s largest temperate rainforests will spur us on in our relentless call for its protection,” Jenny Weber said.

Calumn is a self-taught photojournalist and videographer who shoots in documentary style covering matters surrounding environmental and social movements throughout Australia.

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