16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Makeshift bamboo bridges connect houses in an island community in Surigao City.

In Lisondra, most of the villagers are fisherfolk. One of their main sources of income is farming rainbow lobster which they can sell for PhP 3000 a kilo. They often fish for small crabs and small fish to feed the lobsters. Since the island is a small island, land area for houses are limited hence some opt to build over the water hence this Waterworld type of images. Rickety bridges connect these houses often located in the leeward side of the island to protect them from typhoons and strong winds. Still, they are vulnerable to storm surges and are quite aware of the risk in living above the sea. But they have no choice as their living is governed by the treacherous sea.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: Surigao City, Philippines
Camera: DMC-GF7
Copyright: © Dan Jezreel Orendain