Entry Title: "e-wasteland"
Sandra Hoyn
, Germany
Category: Professional, Press

Entry Description:

Million tonnes of electronic waste are produced every year in Europe, part of which is shipped illegally to Africa. Much of it is labelled 'used goods' or 'development aid' but is often just toxic waste that puts people's health and the environment at risk.

The Agbogbloshie junk yard in Accra, Ghana, is the largest electrical goods scrap heap in West Africa. More than three thousand people live here in slums in poverty and poor sanitary conditions. Many people earn a living here recycling the waste goods. They dismantle computers, televisions and refrigerators, melting down their components to extract metals such as copper and aluminium.

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About the Artist:

Sandra Hoyn studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany, graduating in 2005. She started working as a freelance photojournalist for magazines, NGOs and on her personal projects, concentrating on social, environmental and human rights issues. She worked in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2015, she received World Press 3rd prize, category nature singles. In 2014, she was selected by LensCulture as one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2013, she received the Henri Nannen Award.