Arctic: New Frontier in the Washington Post

Photo by Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR for Carmignac Fondation

"Arctic: New Frontier", a pioneering double expedition by Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen which explores the effects of climate change on the entire Arctic territory, is published in the Washington Post as a online feature as well as a weekend supplement.

Through their project, they experienced the dramatic transformation of natural landscapes and the demographics in the Arctic, and the impact of these changes on the lives of the region’s inhabitants. This project is the 9th Prix Carmignac for Photojournalism, funded by the Carmignac Foundation.

 Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region   Russia  September  2018
The Yamal peninsula in western Siberia, a homeland of nomadic Nenets reindeer herders.
The Nenets people of the Siberian arctic are the guardians of a style of reindeer herding that is the last of its kind. Through a yearly migration of over a thousand kilometres, these people move gigantic herds of reindeer from summer pastures in the north to winter pastures just south of the Arctic Circle. No-one knows for certain whether it is the reindeer that lead the people or vice versa. What is certain is that fewer places on earth are home to a more challenging environment, an environment where temperatures plummet to -50C and where crossing the worlds fifth largest river as it deep-freezes is just part of the routine. Such a difficult environment unites the people physically through a regimented work ethic, but far more importantly, the Yamal-Nenets are unified by a robust and vibrant culture. It is a culture that has had to survive a turbulent history, from early Russian colonisation, to Stalin’s terror regime, to the modern day dangers of a rapacious oil and gas development programme.