Kadir van Lohuizen's Wasteland wins a World Press Photo

NOOR and the NOOR Foundation are very proud to announce that Kadir van Lohuizenhas been nominated for the World Press Photo Contest Environment stories category.

 Nigeria, Lagos, 27 January 2017

A man carries a huge back of pet bottles collected for recycling at the Olusosun landfill.
The Olusosun landfill in Lagos receives between 3-5000 tons per day and is about 45 ha in size. About 5000 scavengers work here and often also live. They collect anything that is recyable like plastics, textiles, electronics, paper etc. The problem is that the landfill is full and the city wants to close it down. The question is where it will go, there are no incinerators and the infrastructure to formally recycle is lacking. There is one other landfill, but it needs to close as well.

Remarkable is that the landfills in Lagos smell less compared to other landfills in the world: Nigerians throw away less food, because they either finish their plate or feed it to the animals.

Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR

Kadir van Lohuizen was nominated today in the Enviroment Series category of the World Press Photo Contest for his extensive work about waste around the world.

Since early 2016, Kadir van Lohuizen has been investigating six megacities in the world (Jakarta, Tokyo, Lagos, New York, São Paulo and Amsterdam) how they manage or mismanage their waste. This lead in showing some remarkable differences.

The world generates per day 3.5 million tones of solid waste, ten times more then a century ago. If nothing is done, it will be 11 million tones by the end of the century.

If the world is not prepared to think about waste reduction and actually treat waste as a resource, next generations will drown in their own waste.

On receiving this nomination, Kadir says: "I am very happy that this series is rewarded, specially because it will showcase the issue of our waste problem at the exhibition of World Press Photo in more than 50 countries around the world."

NOOR Managing Director Clement Saccomani comments further: "It is a great pride to see the fantastic and necessary work of Kadir rewarded by the World Press Photo. Kadir builds and tells for today and tomorrow, important stories of our world and our future."


This project was graciously supported by the Nikon Europe Ambassador program.