Best of AP — Honorable Mention


Israel environment story captures at-risk undersea habitats now protected

Fish swim in the Mediterranean Sea in Gador sea reserve in Hadera, northern Israel, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Climate change, invasive species and explosive human activity are threatening what remains of the eastern Mediterranean's severely impacted ecosystems. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)


Reporter Ilan Ben Zion, Jerusalem; Ariel Schalit, photographer, Jerusalem; and Sam McNeil, video journalist, Jerusalem, took readers on deep dive into the Mediterranean to see how conservation efforts can revive once lifeless coastlines.

They reported how the state of Israel has leaped ahead in recent years in protecting its Mediterranean waters from fishing and other destructive human activities by turning more and more swaths of it into Marine Protected Areas, which experts say is critical to conserving sea life and the health of seas. The photo and video teams transformed an otherwise straightforward print story into a captivating multiformat piece.

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