E360 Video Contest Award Winner – First Place
Badru’s Story: Inside Africa's Impenetrable Forest
Each year Badru Mugerwa sets 60 camera traps in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda to monitor life in one of Africa’s most diverse forests, home to roughly half the world’s mountain gorillas. As site manager for the TEAM Network
, a global web of field stations, Badru collects images and data that serve as an
early warning system for the loss of biodiversity and the impact of climate change in tropical forests.
In this six-minute video, winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele document the researchers' work in Bwindi's remote, mountainous landscape. For the filmmakers, just preventing their equipment from snagging on the dense understory while trying to keep up with Badru and his colleagues posed a serious challenge. But their efforts were rewarded with remarkable camera-trap images of the park's primates, elephants, anteaters, and leopards – striking evidence of what is at stake in Bwindi and the world's tropical forests.
As a Ugandan wildlife manager tells Drummond and Steele, “This is the only forest on earth where you find gorillas and chimpanzees feeding together. Where shall we get it again?”
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02 September 2014
About the contest: “Badru’s Story” is the winner of the 2014 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest. Entries were received from four continents, with a prize of $2,000 going to the first-place winner. Below are the other winning videos.
Watch the second-place winner, “A Red Dirt Town”
Watch the third-place winner, “Peak to Peak”
ABOUT THE VIDEO
As a documentary team, Benjamin Drummond
and Sara Joy Steele
have been telling stories about people, nature, and climate change for over a decade. Their project, Facing Climate Change, has toured film festivals, been featured in National Geographic, Photo District News,
and Mother Jones
, and exhibited widely. Drummond and Steele also serve on Blue Earth's board of directors and co-produce the Collaborations for Cause
workshop. They live in Washington's Methow Valley.
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A Red Dirt Town: A Legacy
Of Toxic Water Pollution
The second-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest examines the legacy of pollution in Anniston, Alabama, the former home of a Monsanto chemical factory. The video tells the story of how PCBs from the Monsanto plant contaminated the town’s waterways and continue to taint the fish that are popular with local anglers.
Peak to Peak: An Intimate Look at
The Bighorn Sheep of the Rockies
The third-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest focuses on a herd of bighorn sheep in Montana and features remarkable scenes of lambs as they gambol along the slopes of the northern Rockies. Produced by Jeremy Roberts, the video follows a field biologist as he monitors the sheep and talks about the possible impact of climate change on the animals’ future.
The Colorado River:
Running Near Empty
Photographer Pete McBride traveled along the Colorado River from its source high in the Rockies to its historic mouth at the Sea of Cortez. In a Yale Environment 360 video, he documents how increasing water demands have transformed the river that is the lifeblood for an arid Southwest.
When The Water Ends:
Africa’s Climate Conflicts
As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, tribes in East Africa increasingly are coming into conflict. A Yale Environment 360
video reports on a phenomenon that could become more common: how worsening drought will pit groups — and nations — against one another.
Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy
of Mountaintop Removal Mining
During the last two decades, mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres of forest and buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams. This video, produced by Yale Environment 360
, offers a first-hand look at mountaintop removal and what is at stake for Appalachia’s environment and its people.
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