Gareth Bright's best of from the Mekong Delta

A River’s Tail: The Mekong Delta Vietnam’s Mekong delta is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, is the backbone of the country’s booming agricultural export industry, and was once a bountiful source of much of the nation’s freshwater fish. Yet rapid population growth, the introduction of modern fishing equipment, the widespread use of agrochemicals, and largely unregulated domestic pollution has greatly impacted the Mekong’s ability to support the millions of people who live along its banks. These images represent a visual summary of nearly a dozen multimedia stories from the Mekong in Vietnam

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A man harvests the beach for clams on the coast of the South China Sea. The South China Sea is known as the Eastern Sea by the Vietnamese.
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A dog walks across a plastic-strewn beach on the coast of the South China Sea. At low tide, the cumulative waste dumped into the Mekong and the ocean gather around the pilings of coastal houses. The South China Sea is known as the Eastern Sea by the Vietnamese.
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A factory worker pulls long coconut husk fibres from a tumbling machine. The ground husks will be used for a variety of purposes such as a low cost plant mulch and soundproofing material.
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A man enjoys an after-lunch nap in a hammock on a boardwalk along the coast of the South China Sea. The South China Sea is known as the Eastern Sea by the Vietnamese.
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Factory workers gather coconut husk fibres that are carried outside to be dried in the sun. The ground husks will be used for a variety of purposes such as a low cost plant mulch and soundproofing material.
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An elderly Vietnamese woman makes her way through one of the many local produce markets that cant be found throughout Vietnams Mekong delta region. Vietnam’s Mekong delta is one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, it is the backbone of the country’s booming agricultural export industry
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Passengers delight in having their photograph taken onboard the ferry from mainland Den Do to the small island of Phu Thanh in southern Vietnam. Ferries are used as transport throughout the Mekong Delta Region, a maze of small canals, rivers and arroyos interspersed with villages and floating markets
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Workers in a small timber yard cut and plane planks of coconut timber that will be used to build sub-economic housing units for the locals in the region.
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Shrimp fishermen haul in a net to check for shrimp, 30km off the coast of Vietnam. Shrimp is a $4 billion industry in Vietnam and is one of the fastest growing sectors of Vietnam's seaford exports.
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Smoke billows from one of the many factories that repurpose coconut husks into coal near the Mekong delta’s town of Ben Tre. Coconuts grow in abundance in the Mekong Delta region and in recent years the value of repurposing them in energy sources, sound proofing and mulch have formed a booming industry.
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Workers prepare to attempt to salavge a piece of submerged lumber out of the Mekong. The family owned shipyard is one of seven major boat repair facilities serving the Mekong transport vessels outside the city of Ben Tre.
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A shrimp boat approaches its offshore nets to ressuply the remote crew. The nets are manned by a remote crew that lives in stilted shacks 30 km away from land. Every 8 or 9 days the crew members will rotate, and the men living offshore return to land. Shrimp is a $4 billion industry in Vietnam and is one of the fastest growing sectors of Vietnam's seaford exports.
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Workers unload 50kg sacks of rice from the cargo hold of a Mekong cargo ship. Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's largest rice exporters and farmers rely heavily on agrochemicals to ensure high crop yields.
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Devotees of the Cao Dai religion pray in their temple on the outskirts of Can Tho. Followers of Cao Dai believe in a single, all-seeing eye, while incorporating elements of Buddhism and Chrisitanity.
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A young girl carries her kite through Fisherman's Village, a riverside neighbourhood in the city of Can Tho. The Mekong delta in southern Vietnam is one of the most fertile areas in all of southeast Asia, and an extensive network of irrigation canals allows the region to be the world's second largest exporters of rice.
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A duck being injected with antibiotics. With animals living in such high concentrations, injections are needed regularly to prevent infection.
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Roughly 2000 ducks wait to be injected with antibiotics on a farm outside Can Tho. With animals living in such high concentrations, injections are needed regularly to prevent infection.
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A worker sprays herbicidal grass killer. The runoffs of these chemicals enter into Vietnam's irrigation network and from there it spreads downstream into the Mekong river. Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's largest exporters of agricultural products, and farmers often use heavy quantities of agrochemicals to ensure high crop yields.
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A snake eyes a cage of mice at a small shop in Can Tho. The mice are fed to the snakes live, and the snakes are in turn sold for profit.
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A farmer waters his fields on the outskirts of Can Tho. Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's largest exporters of agricultural products, and farmers often use heavy quantities of agrochemicals to ensure high crop yields.
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A man holds a snake as it eyes a cage of mice at a small shop in Can Tho. The mice are fed to the snakes live, and the snakes are in turn sold for profit.
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A worker carries a 50kg loads of rice husks to a storage room in one of Sa Dec's brick factories. The husks will be used to fuel kilns that will harden up to 150 000 bricks at a time. The brick factories of Sa Dec pump clay and water from the Mekong river, which they form into molds before firing them in kilns fueled by rice husks grown from river water.
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Smoke billows from the brick kilns at one of Sa Dec's brick factories. The kilns can harden up to 150 000 bricks at a time. The brick factories of Sa Dec pump clay and water from the Mekong river, which they form into molds before firing them in kilns fueled by rice husks grown from river water.
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A farmer works his fields near the coastal village of Den Do. Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia's largest exporters of agricultural products, and farmers often use heavy quantities of agrochemicals to ensure high crop yields.
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A bird takes flight in the tram chim national park near Sa Dec in Southern Vietnam. The park is one of the few places in the mekong delta where large wildlife can still be found.