Environmental charity Waste Aid’s first photography competition has yielded 12 striking images to make up its 2019 calendar.
The competition was designed to encourage people to look at waste as a valuable resource. There were 60 entries from 17 countries.
Head of programmes and engagement Zoë Lenkiewicz said: “The diversity of entries is inspiring – from artisan upcycling and repurposing, to collection, sorting, recycling and preparing materials for industrial reprocessing.”
The winner was Metal Recycling Apprentices, in Makeni, Sierra Leone by Saula Cordova, a Spanish humanitarian worker, who photographed the apprentices of a metal recycling workshop which uses waste to make kitchens.
Second place went to Sorting and Weighing Scrap Metal, in Guangzhou district, China by Ron Stanley, which showed women hand-sorting scrap metal.
Third was Recycled Decorative Gifts, in Botswana by Ian Hargreaves, whose picture showed ornaments, earrings, stationery and bunting made from waste materials.
All the photos can be viewed here.