Vlad Sokhin (Russia/Portugal) is a documentary photographer, videographer and multimedia producer. He covers social, cultural, environmental, health and human rights issues around the world, including post-conflict and natural disaster zones. Vlad has worked on photo, video and radio projects, collaborating with various international media and with the United Nations and international NGOs. Vlad has won several awards and in 2014 was named Best Photographer in Russia. Sokhin's work has been exhibited and published internationally, including at Visa Pour LImage and Head On photo festivals and in the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek Japan, BBC World Service, the Guardian, National Geographic Traveler, GEO, ABC, NPR, The Atlantic, Stern, Le Monde, Paris Match, Esquire, Das Magazin, WIRE Amnesty International, Sydney Morning Herald, Marie Claire, The Global Mail, Russian Reporter and others. Vlad has lived and worked in Russia, Portugal, Spain, Mozambique and Australia. He is currently based in Thailand and covers Asia-Pacific. Vlad is represented internationally by Panos Pictures.
Peia Kararaua, 16, swims in the flooded area of Aberao village. Kiribati is one of the countries most affected by sea level rise. During high tides many villages become inundated making large parts of them uninhabitable.
A small islet in the Unity Atoll of the Federated States of Micronesia. With only a few palm trees remaining, the islet is almost submerge underwater during high tides.
Children playing on a sea wall near the rusting remains of a wrecked ship which was lifted and smashed onto the wall during a king tide in February 2015.
Betio town, South Tarawa, Kiribati.
Jorlang Jorlang, 70, lies on his bed while his wife Tita finishes hanging laundry. In April 2014 a King Tide hit their house in Jenrok village and the seawater came inside. The family evacuated the house, but Jorlang couldn't move, due to his disability. His wife had to stay with him for two days and wait until the water was gone.
Teresa, 7, with her three year old sister Terada playing together in the lagoon of Abaiang, which is one of Kiribati's atolls that is most threatened by rising sea levels.
A cemetery in Jernok village in Majuro, which is slowly being destroyed by the rising seas. 'Cemeteries along the coastline are being affected' says Kaminga Kaminga, a climate change negotiator for the Marshall Islands. 'Gravesites are falling into the sea. Even in death we're affected.' In June 2014 rising sea levels washed out the remains of at least 26 Japanese WWII soldiers on Santo Island.
Children playing 'hide and seek' in Teone's graveyard in Funafuti, the capital of Tuvalu. Massive coastal erosion in Teone caused many coconut trees fall down, and the sea eaten its way into and around the trees that are still standing. People from Teone are threatened on one side by the ocean and its tide surges and on the other by a pit that fills with salt water at high tide due the soil salinisation.
Roxanna Miller, monitoring technician of the University of Guam Marine Lab, inspecting species of staghorn corals severely impacted by coral bleaching event in 20132014. The bleaching resulted in loss of about half of all Guams staghorn corals. Although the remaining corals are slowly recovering, because of the increasing effects of global warming they can be hit again by rising water temperatures and extreme low tide events. Loss of the coral reefs would directly impact on local fishermen, as the habitats the corals provide to reef flat fish communities, would be gone.
Residents of the South Tarawa Atoll bathing in the lagoon near Bairiki town. Seawalls protect the tiny islets of the atoll from sea level rises, however many of them are constantly destroyed by high tides.
On 20 and 21 February 2016 Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, destroying country's infrastructure and people's homes. 43 people confirmed dead and more then 60 thousands people were forced to live in hundreds evacuation centres across the country.
The southern part of Taveuni Island of Fiji is among the areas most affected by Cyclone Winston. Some villages were completely destroyed and people were left without food for about a week, as access to the island was cut off.
Children of Etas village on Efate Island watch a water truck delivering drinking water to their village. After Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on 13 March 2015, many local communities were left without fresh water supplies. International charity Oxfam organised an airport water tank truck to come to the villages around Port Vila and help locals to fill their barrels with drinking water.
Over 15 people died in the storm and winds up to 165 mph (270 km/h) caused widespread damage to houses and infrastructure. Cyclone Pam is considered one of the worst natural disasters to affect the country.
Nelly Seniola, 35, extension officer in the Tuvaluan fisheries department, shows a photograph on his laptop of a corpse that was washed out of a cemetery by a storm surge. Nelly says: 'There were many dead bodies, skulls and bones floating around. Pigs and chickens started to eat some of the bodies. We received a radio message from the capital, that we had to kill those animals, as they could spread diseases.'
People from Nukufetau Atoll boarding the 'Manu Folau', a ship that will take them to Funafuti, the capital of Tuvalu, where they hope to take refuge. Nukufetau was among the other outer islands of Tuvalu that were badly hit by Cyclone Pam in March 2015. Many of their residents left the damaged areas and went to to stay with the relatives in Funafuti, which was not affected by the cyclone.
A house on stilts built over a polluted 'borrow pit' in Eton community located on the edge of Funafuti. The settlement is threatened on one side by the ocean's waters and tide surges and, on the other, by stagnant saltwater filled 'borrow pits' (where sand and rocks were excavated by the American military during WW2 in order to build a runway). The pits are a dump for the polluting refuse that is increasingly clogging the islands and are a health hazard for those living alongside.
A girl standing on a shore during high tide and floods in Lord Howe Settlement, Honiara, Solomon Islands. According the the recent studies Solomon Islands has already lost five islands due to rising seas and erosion.