Over 80 photographs were submitted from all over the world for consideration in the first round of FotoDocument Fringe. Three winners were chosen by the judges for the best three series of photographs on positive environmental initiatives.

First place goes to Neil Hall for his series “Fog Catchers of the Atacama”. The Atacama Desert in Northern Chile is the driest place on earth. Parts contain no life at all and some areas have never had any rainfall. The harsh climate and demand for resources from mining means water is scarce. However, in recent years coastal fog has been shown to provide a sustainable water source. The fog, known as Camanchaca, is ‘caught’ by large nets in the desert.

Hugo Streeter from a fog collecting co-operative in Chanarai, northern Chile

Hugo Streeter from a fog collecting co-operative in Chanarai, northern Chile

Fog catching net at the Alto Patache fog oasis in northern Chile.

Fog catching net at the Alto Patache fog oasis in northern Chile.

Nicolas Prado of the Universidad Catolica, Santiago, waters a desert garden with fog water

Nicolas Prado of the Universidad Catolica, Santiago, waters a desert garden with fog water