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Photo Of 100-Year-Old Indian Coal Fire Wins Instagram Getty Award 

An Indian photographer has been awarded the second annual Getty Images Instagram grant, which recognises photographers who document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.

                  
Ronny Sen joined Christian Rodriguez of Uruguay and Girma Berta of Ethiopia - the other two winners - to pick up a grant of $10,000 (£7,702) for his project. Sen won the prize for his work on the dusty coal town of Jharia in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand where underground fires have burned for more than a century.

               

"The underground fire in Jharia has been burning for more than a hundred years now. People who inhabit that space have seen this since they were born. So they are totally aware of it and it's very much a part of their life," he says.

                     

"Many villages which were once thriving with life don't exist anymore. They have simply vanished. While some people have left these areas and shifted elsewhere for better jobs and opportunities in other cities, there is a big population which calls Jharia home and keeps on shifting along the blasting mines. 

                  
"They are mostly dependent economically on this huge coal industry. They don't have any other skills. So, even if there is fire and subsidence they don't have any other choice but to keep moving along the mines."








Source: BBC


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