Omar Havana

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Location: Brussels, Belgium
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Omar Havana, 1975 Granada, Spain. Spanish Freelance Photojournalist. Based in Brussels, Belgium. Previously based in France 2017-2021, Nepal 2014-2015 and Cambodia 2008 - 2014 ; 2015-2017. Omar has worked as a professional photojournalist since... MORE
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Copyright Omar Havana 2022
Date of Work Jan 2017 - Jan 2017
Updated Jun 2020
Location Kampong Trach
Topics Activism, Asia, Business, Cambodia, Cement, cement industry, Climate Change, Conservation, Countryside, deforestation, destruction, development, Documentary, Editorial, Enviroment, Environment, Essays, Europe Photographer, expedition, Forest, France Photographer, Kampong Trach, Kampot, Landscape, limestones, Media, nature, Paris Photographer, Photography, Photojournalism, Science, South East Asia, Spirituality, Wildlife

Millions of years ago, a cluster of coral reefs stood firm here as the water receded, leaving them surrounded by the marshy, mangrove-studded Mekong Delta.

Today, these reefs have been carved by the wind and rain into spiky limestone cliffs known as karsts that stand stark against the Cambodian landscape, even as the lowland rain forest around them has been denuded by centuries of intensive rice cultivation and logging.

Soon, they will be gone.


Photography: © Omar Havana for The New York Times. All Rights are Reserved

Intro by Julia Wallace for The New York Times

This story was done while on assignment for The New York Times

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