1ST PLACE WINNER- Elijah Kamanga- Photo 1 copy 2

Deforestation and forest degradation are among the most pressing developmental challenges facing Malawi today. Rampant unregulated deforestation negatively impacts crop production and livelihood security, nutrition and public health, and national economic development, undermining hard-fought development gains and leaving Malawi less resilient to climate change. We ran a photography contest with the aim of documenting and drawing attention to this deepening deforestation crisis

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted their photos to the ‘Sounding the Alarm’ competition. The jury was overwhelmed by the number and quality of submissions and had a really tough time picking out these winning images.

So, without further ado, the winners are…

Third place
Augustine Magolowondo Jr: “I’ve called this photo ‘At World’s End’. It captures an existing reality of what once was on one side and what remains on the other side. The world of trees sits on the verge of dying every day and the total end for that world is near.” 

Second place
Lawrence Dziko: “The image shows charcoal being transported to small-scale charcoal business owners from Dzalanyama.”

First place
Elijah Kamanga: “I took this photo on a road trip with a couple of friends. We travelled to appreciate some of Malawi’s beautiful nature and catch some fresh air – Mulunguzi Dam on Zomba Plateau was one of those places.”


We’ll soon be releasing a dossier featuring many of these images alongside investigative reports by Malawi’s top environmental journalists.

This project is coordinated by the Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi. It is co-funded by USAID and the FCDO through the ‘Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests in Malawi (MCHF) activity.