Cancelling carbon pollution

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Photo: Ivan BerriosPhoto: Ivan Berrios
Editor’s note: The COP25 United Nations climate change meeting was originally planned for December 2 – 13, 2019, in Santiago, Chile, but was canceled due to ongoing social unrest in the country over economic and social inequality issues. 
By Paul Coleman
How many trees would have had to be planted to offset the carbon from all of the international visitors to the COP25 UN climate change summit in Santiago, Chile? Thanks to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and my personal experience planting trees here in Chile, I came up with a conservative calculation for 20,000 - 30,000 international visitors to Santiago. The numbers are shocking and are a very sobering reminder as to just how far we have to go to mitigate climate change. I believe they would have had to plant 43 million trees within one year to absorb all of the air flight carbon produced to attend the climate change meeting.

Cervecería Kunstmann: From Chilean Patagonia to the world

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 SPONSORED CONTENT: Cervecería Kunstmann


The history of Kunstmann Brewery began as a family desire. In 1989, Armin Kunstmann decided to revive the craft brewing industry in Valdivia, which was destroyed by the Great Earthquake of 1960. With the help of his wife Patricia Ramos, and their children, he created the first Kunstmann Lager and the success of that first creation led to the eventual birth of their beer plant in 1997 in the Torobayo area of Valdivia.
Since then, Kunstmann Brewery has grown to become one of the leading craft beers in Chile, making 16 different varieties and constantly experimenting with new flavors. “The essence of a true brewer is the desire to create new varieties,” Armin once said. “The only limit is imagination.” That entrepreneurial spirit lives on at Kunstmann in projects like the “Hops Patio,” where fruit is grown for new experimental varieties.


Today, visitors can learn about the history of the brewery, the manufacturing process, and more on brewery tours, as well as enjoy the refreshing Kunstmann beers and hearty food at La Cerveceria Restaurant; and attend Bierfest Kunstmann, the largest beer festival in southern Chile. The Kunstmann family welcomes everyone eager to learn more about our craft brewing, inspired by the lands and flavors of Chilean Patagonia. 

Torres del Paine turns 60

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Torres del Paine National Park. Photo: Evelyn PfeifferTorres del Paine National Park. Photo: Evelyn Pfeiffer
Editors Note: Today we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of Torres del Paine National Park. To help commemorate, we're republishing this article from the inaugural edition of the magazine (December 2011), which is an overview of the multiple people and events involved in conserving the lands inside Chile's crown jewel park.  

By Evelyn Pfeiffer
“Beyond the hydrographic depression of the Serrano River that separates the Arturo Prat Cordillera from Balmaceda, we saw from afar — very far — the majestic Paine massif, standing out from the silky and luminous blue sky with a giant profile drawn by its bright red towers and white needles of ice, that presented itself as a fantastic apparition from an otherworldly kingdom,” wrote Alberto De Agostini, famed explorer and Salesian priest, about Torres del Paine National Park.

Patagonia in Photos exhibition opens at Espacio Fundación Telefónica

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Grand prize winner, Matias Mondaca, with his prizes and in front of his winning photo of a huemul at Cerro Castillo National Park.Grand prize winner, Matias Mondaca, with his prizes and in front of his winning photo of a huemul at Cerro Castillo National Park.
By Patrick Nixon
Patagon Journal launched on Thursday, March 28, at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Santiago, Chile, “Patagonia in Photos,” an exhibition of 42 photos featuring the winners and finalists of the magazine’s Fourth Patagonia Photo Contest.

The winners of the 4th Patagonia Photo Contest

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Grand Prize Winner and 1st Place, Nature Category: "Beauty and Elegance of the Huemul" by Matias Mondaca (Location: Cerro Castillo National Park, Chile)
A photo of the quiet elegance of a huemul standing in the snow is what most captured the attention of the judges – and won the grand prize – in the 4th Patagonia Photo Contest. Taken by Chilean photographer Matias Mondaca, his photograph “Beauty and Elegance of the Huemul,” captured during a trip to Cerro Castillo in the Aysen region, also came first in the Nature category.
This year’s contest received the highest number of submissions yet: nearly 3,000 entries from professional photographers, wildlife and nature enthusiasts, and Patagonia lovers from all over the world. Our environment category this year focused on parks, in honor of the spectacular progress made over the last year in creating a Route of Parks in Chilean Patagonia. We also had a tremendous panel of judges this year: Chris Burkard, Pablo Valenzuela Vaillant, Bridget Besaw, Jorge Cazenave and Jean Paul de la Harpe.
The story of how Mondaca captured his winning photograph is a true example of the amazing moments one can encounter when out in nature. After hearing that a huemul had been sighted in the area of Cerro Castillo by another photographer, Mondaca and his companion started driving around to look for it. After spotting two stopped vehicles on the side of the road, Mondaca saw a female huemul up on the slope and got out of the car to photograph her.
“I began to follow her at a prudent distance and I found to my surprise that she was with her family, an adult male huemul and two other female huemules. At that moment, I stopped taking pictures and started to just look and admire, thinking about how wonderful this species is and how important its protection is,” says Mondaca.
As the snowfall began to increase in intensity, suddenly a noise behind him made him turn around.
“I heard this much louder noise behind me, so I looked and saw the biggest female huemul (the protagonist of the winning photograph). I could not believe it; slowly I raised the camera and started to photograph it. Very curious, she looked at me and it seemed that she was posing.”
Born in Linares in Chile’s Maule region, Mondaca says his connection with nature started at a young age when his family would frequently go to explore the nearby nature sanctuary Cajón del Achibueno and to fish on the Achibueno River.
He got interested photography as a hobby about four years ago but it’s grown into a passion. “I enjoy photography because it is a unique way of capturing situations that take place and that can endure over time,” he says.
When not taking photographs and going fishing, Mondaca is a college student at Duoc UC in Concepcion, studying adventure tourism, and collaborates with outdoor wear brands Gnomowear and AtakamaOutdoor.
As the grand prize winner, Mondaca will receive a 5 nights/6 days trip for two persons with Cruce Andino, sailing across three beautiful lakes through the Andean mountain range, in a route that extends from Puerto Varas, Chile, to Bariloche, Argentina, and returning the same way. The trip includes stays at Petrohue Lodge, Puerto Blest, Hotel Llao Llao, and Hotel Natura.
As first prize winner in the Nature category, just like the winners of the other three categories (Environment, Outdoor Sports, Travel & Culture), Mondaca has won a gift certificate of 200,000 Chilean pesos (approx. $US 300) for use in the Patagonia stores of Chile. He has also won a set of large-format photo books from Tompkins Conservation (25 years Tompkins Conservation, Yendegaia National Park, Corcovado National Park).
The winners of second place in the four categories will receive F-stop camera bags, courtesy of the Cuarto Digital store, and participate for free in a one-day photography workshop with Atao.
All first and second place winners, the three honorable mentions, the Instagram prize winner, and the Reader’s Choice award winner, will be printed for expositions in Chile and Argentina. Additionally, they will receive a copy of the official photo contest book and a subscription (print + digital) to the magazine.
Patagon Journal would like to offer our congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated! We encourage you to join our email list or follow us on social media to receive updates on the upcoming photography exhibitions and for future information about the 5th Patagonia Photo Contest. And let us know (email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you would like to order a copy of the commemorative book showcasing the 100 best photos from this year’s contest.
Here are the other winning photographs:
1st Place, Environment Category: "Leader of the Pack" by Jeremie Goulevitch (Location: Cerro Castilllo National Park, Chile)
1st Place, Travel & Culture Category: "Gaucho" by Francisca Delaporte (Location: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile)
1st Place, Outdoor Sports category: "Going down Aguja Mermoz" by Ralf Gantzhorn (Location: Chalten, Argentina)
2nd Place, Nature Category: "Two Geoffrey cats explore their environment" by Eduardo Minte (Location: Reserva Hotel Awasi Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile)
2nd Place, Environment Category: "Granite and Wool" by Eduardo Minte (Location: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile)
2nd Place, Travel & Culture Category: "Arriving to the destination" by Juan Yarcho (Location: Lake Nahuel Huapi, Villa la Angostura, Argentina)
2nd Place, Outdoor Sports Category: "From Corcovado to Patagonia" by Camilo Tapia Carrasco (Location: Corcovado Volcano, Palena Province, Chile)
Honorable Mention, Environment: "Surrounded by Water" by Melania Carrasco (Location: Ice cave in Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile)
Honorable Mention, Environment Category: "Four Elements" by Fernando Vera (Location: Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina)
Honorable Mention, Travel & Culture Category: "Fishermen in the cold" by Camilo Miranda (Location: Punta Arenas, Chile)
Reader's Choice Award: "Inner Peace" by Ivan Berrios (Location: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile)
Instagram Prize: "The Sensation of the Sublime" by Gaby Chavez (Location: Bariloche, Argentina)
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