Illegal Gold Mine Tumpang Pitu Indonesia

CompanyJeffrey Bright
PhotographerJeffrey Bright
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In Indonesia the government estimates there are 62,000 illegal miners across the country, twice the number working legally. Mines and Energy Minister Bambang Yudhoyono told parliament recently that annual losses amounted to 30 tonnes of gold. Thus far there are no answers to the problem. President Wahid's decree calls on the police chief and attorney-general to take "stern legalaction" against anyone involved in illegal mining--"both government apparatus and community members." But it also seeks to recognize the rights of indigenous miners and calls on legal mining firms to provide more help to local communities. One of those local communities is Presanggaran as small town located just east of mount Tumpang Pitu in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia.

About Photographer

Received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Photography, 2007 Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Currently I live and work as a freelance photographer in the Republic of Ireland. My main interest is to document social and political issues around the world, particularly within Latin America. Awards recieved: Ellish Killgallen Award: Best Emerging Artist 2005. Royal Hibernian Academy: Thomas Dammann Memorial Trust Award 2007. Eager and available for worldwide assignment.