March 29th 2009, North West of Mato Grosso State (Brasil)..Enawene Nawe village.

Are you an eco-traveler mesmerized by the lush, green rainforests of the Amazon and beyond?

Like many eco-travelers, you may be captivated by just-released Amazon rainforest images taken by photographer Daniel Beltrá. This October, the interactive exhibition of his latest photography highlighting the rainforests and their plight will open at London’s Kew Gardens.

The Seattle-based, Spanish photographer won The Prince’s Rainforests Project (PRP) Award at the Sony World Photography Awards. His prize was a fully-funded assignment documenting three major rainforest regions of the world, on behalf of PRP and Sony Europe. The Amazon photographs were taken on the first leg of his assignment.

March 20th 2009, Cristalino State Park, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso (Brasil). Amazon Horned Frog (Ceratophrys cornuta).

Says Beltrá:

“Traveling to the Amazon has been an incredible experience and I have been able to capture some powerful images that show the many different elements of the rainforest – the beauty, the wildlife, the local people and also the destruction. It has been an eye-opening journey so far and I’m looking forward to photographing the Central African and South East Asian rainforests on the next parts of my trip. I hope the photos I produce will make a strongly persuasive argument for emergency action to preserve the world's tropical rainforests”.

March 14th 2009, Manaus, Amazonas State (Brasil) Aerial view of the Anavilhanas archipelago on the Rio Negro near Manaus, Brazil.

Founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the PRP works with governments, international businesses, non-profit organizations and rainforest nations on finding solutions to deforestation. The PRP’s global awareness campaign encourages people to sign up online to make rainforests central in the climate change debate.

Photo credits: © Daniel Beltra, courtesy of The Prince’s Rainforests Project and Sony

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