"Daniella Zalcman’s photo series follows hundreds of protesters opposing the construction of 1,172 miles oil pipeline running from North Dakota to Illinois. The demonstrators are primarily from Lakota and Dakota Native American reservations. The approved pipeline will run through sacred ground and raises concerns over health and safety issues from possible oil spills.
"Zalcman’s photos hold a dignified and eerie low-key atmosphere. One image shows a woman calmly allowing herself to be arrested, simply because she is standing four feet over the police barricade. Her fellow protesters look on in apparent silence as she is handcuffed by five officers. The image has a sombre air about it, as though everyone is resigned to the grim outcome of their demonstration, but are still determined to stand their ground and represent their principles.
"Another photo shows riders on horseback from the Standing Rock, Rosebud, and Lower Brule Lakota reservations facing a line of police. The picture holds tragic echoes of the history of conflict between Native Americans and settlers of the past." —Matt Tucker, Picture Editor, BuzzFeed UK