2022 Edition

Giacomo d’Orlando

Nemo’s Garden, 2021


Category - Towards a Sustainable Future

Nemo’s Garden, 2021

This world’s first underwater greenhouse system aims to provide an alternative method of agriculture in response to the increasing pressures of climate change. In these biospheres, different varieties of plants have been cultivated: basil, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, beans, etc. Their characteristics were then studied and compared with those of species grown in a traditional terrestrial environment, resulting a more enhanced chemical structure. Agriculture represents the 70% of freshwater use worldwide. According to IPCC, the desertification phenomenon brought by climate change in the recent years has already reduced extensively agricultural productivity in many regions of the world, including Italy. In the present scenario of staggering population growth, underwater agriculture is regarded as a new sustainable and cost-efficient way to increase crop yields and meet future food demands.


11-20 mm f/2.8 Lens - 1/640 sec at f/10 ISO 640T