Makandjé is the leader of the women’s association of Parc du Pont.
In 1998, Makandje was the first woman to work in the production of charcoal in the area of San Pedro .
She had to face the hostility of male workers. She started her activity by assisting male charcoal producers.
Today, she owns an oven. She financially supports her family and encourages other women to empower themselves financially by producing charcoal.
The access to their ovens is more difficult. Stagant waters facilitate the proliferation of mosquitoes and malaria.
“‘Sisi Barra’ means ‘the way of smoke’ in the Bambara language” says Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali.
Her project of the same name examines the economic exploitation of the invisible women in San Pedro, Côte d’Ivoire, and the social stigma and multidimensional violence this exploitation encompasses.
The women portrayed are making wood charcoal for big corporations in order to make ends meet.
In 2011, Joana Choumali passed by a park at the entrance of town, “an immense expanse of coal-black soil, and hundreds of busy people around smoke-filled ovens.
I noticed that these were mostly women”, says the photographer.
Intrigued by the contrast between the hostile environment and the presence of women—many of whom were adolescents and little girls she wanted to know more.
After several trips over the course of three years she created a body of photographs of these women, many of whom suffer from health problem
Photograph by Matt Parry, runner-up.
On an early morning safari drive in the Amakhala game reserve, South Africa, we came across these two rhinos coming out of the mist.
A little bird is hitching a ride with one of the rhinos.
Comment by Mick Ryan, Judge: Is there any species more prehistoric-looking than the endangered white rhino.
This beautiful image, including the little oxpecker, a bird that feeds on ticks on the bodies of large mammals, is both majestic and sad.
Photography can document what is precious to us and be a starting point for action that will save the Earth and the living things that inhabit it.
Photograph by NingYu Pao
We arrived at one of the watering holes in Etosha National Park in the late evening.
Four Lions were devouring a large kudu that they killed.
A pack of hyenas appeared from the bush nearby attracted by the smell of blood and food for them.
What ensued was a fight for the dead kudu between four female lions and 16 hyenas.
Needless to say, in the end the hyenas won and got the prized kudu.
The last known male northern white rhinoceros at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County, Kenya.
The conservancy is home to the planet’s last-three northern white rhinoceros.
As 2016 draws to an end, awareness of the devastation of poaching is greater than ever and countries have turned to high-tech warfare — drones, night-goggles and automatic weapons — to stop increasingly armed poachers.
Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
As the sun sets over the African nation of Zimbabwe, a herd of elephants journey over the plains near the Limpopo River.
Venturing across this “soft but harsh and beautiful and endless” landscape, as described by Your Shot photographer Jetje Japhet, the elephants were likely in search of food or water.
“I was lucky to be there” to capture this image, Japhet writes.
Photograph By Jetje Japhet, National Geographic Your Shot
A pair of spotted hyenas search for scraps of food on the streets of Harare in Ethiopia.
Featured in the cities episode of Planet Earth II.
Photograph: Paul Thompson/BBC NHU