Kristina Madsen

From times past (Spain)

YRE Competition 2019 - Litter Less Campaign
1st Place as a reportage photo
19-25 years old

Remember those times, the simpler times appearing in our grandmothers stories? When dividing a whole loaf into slices was quite an event, ceremoniously performed around the table right before lunch.

A mere orchard became a heavy-laden cornucopia, brimming with presents no one occured to dump. Times where food was cherished, honored and lovingly crafted.

Free of guilt, free of poison, and of wrappings used just once.

Times almost forgotten.

Times we could have back.

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Home sweet home (Malta)

YRE Competition 2019 - Litter Less Campaign
1st Place as a reportage photo
15-18 years old

This snail’s natural habitat is supposed to be surrounded by plants and other animals and not waste. The overuse of plastics and their careless disposal into our environment is leading to it having extensively infiltrated our food chain and natural spaces. Moreover, animals such as this snail are ending up in the wrong place such as in this case, the plastic bottle, and are eventually left to die.

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It's time to wake up to the problem of plastic! (Northern Ireland)

YRE Competition 2019 - Litter Less Campaign
1st Place as a campaign photo
11-14 years old

400 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide every year. The problem with plastic is that it doesn't rot. Instead it hangs around in the environment for hundreds of years polluting our land and oceans, killing our wildlife and poisoning our food chains.

The problem is that far too many of us are ignoring the problem!

This photograph is a visual metaphor of how denial and nonchalance are permitting us to "sleep easy" while persistent plastic pollutants are burying our planet alive. This is not a dream...this is reality and it's time to wake up and face the problem of plastic before it becomes our nightmare!

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I don´t belong here (Portugal)

YRE Competition 2017
Litter Less Campaign
11-14 years old

I’ve been surfing for two years and the feeling is incredible! The control of the waves, the contact with nature in its purest and wildest state. Besides surfing I like to photograph nature . I worry about the remains of fishing nets as well as the uncontrolled capture of octopuses and mussels.

At school, in one of the awareness sessions of Eco-Schools, we were told about the problem of marine litter. It made me wonder if my beach would be at risk, and I decided to explore.

These photographs were taken on the beach where I usually go surfing and although they are real garbage sculptures, most of all they are rubbish on a beach. Later I returned to the beach and the sculptures disappeared…to the sea…

The sea is mine, is yours, it belongs to EVERYONE! The conservation must be our priority, OUR WAVE!

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