First Place: Conservation Category

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For many, shipwrecks spark an internal curiosity. How did it get here? What was the fate of the crew? Where was it headed? These questions, and others, may come to us as we gaze and wonder upon these once grandeur vessels. However, questions that may not readily come to mind is how these wreckages are impacting the surrounding environment. Are dangerous chemicals leeching in the ground and water? Is the vessel disturbing nesting or foraging sites of local fauna? Has human attraction to the site caused behavioral changes in the local fauna? I submitted this photo under conservation because while a crumbling ship may seem, at face value, relatively harmless to the environment, the real impact it has on local flora and fauna may be greater than we realize.


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Ship, Rust, Black and White