The story behind João Galamba’s Top 50 #Water2020 photo.

Agora’s mission is to potentiate the best point of views from all around the world. To do this, it is important for Humanity to share both the photo and the story behind the making of it.

Today discover the fascinating story behind the moment multiple time Top 50 photographer from Portugal – João Galamba took his finalist shot from #Water2020.

Title: The first rainfall of the year make the rivers start flowing again

Location: Dili, Timor-Leste


“In Dili, Timor-Leste the first rainfall of the year makes the rivers start flowing again, bringing to the ocean the mud and trash collected over months from the mountains. You can then see how the water is clearly separated in two: the brownish muddy river water and the deep blue ocean water. The fish are attracted by this and come closer to the shore. And where there are fishes, there are fishermen!

I took this photo as part of a project of photos of Timorese fishermen that use apnea technique to fish for which I already had underwater photos as well as “on the sea level” photos, so aerial photos was the last step of the project.

I borrowed a drone from a friend in order to continue this part of the project. At sea level, the division of the muddy river and the ocean water is not as clear as from above, so I had no idea what to expect from up there! After launching the drone and facing the camera downwards, I was stunned with what I was seeing: the thick texture and brownish color of the river contrasting with the soft texture and deep blue color of the ocean was not something that I have ever seen in my life!”

Photographer João Galamba (@joao.galamba) from Portugal

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