Stunning images of the Amazon rainforest from award-winning photographer

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The Independent US

Award winning photographer Daniel Beltrá has released new images of his trip to the Amazon Rainforest.

The Spanish born photographer won a fully funded assignment to document the three major rainforest regions of the world, beginning with the Amazon, after receiving the Prince's Rainforests Project (PRP) prize at the Sony World Photography awards.

Beltrá said of his trip: "Travelling 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."

Beltrá's images will be on display in a new interactive exhibition on the rainforest opening at Kew Gardens in October 2009.

The Prince's Rainforest Project Award is designed to increase enviromental awareness and has launched its own website,, to publicise the problems associated with rainforest destruction.