Monday, November 15, 2010

The Big Picture: Using Images To Defend A World At Risk

The iLCP is a fellowship of the world's top professionals who share an art and a vision. Through their images, they inform, inspire, motivate… They are defenders of a world at risk. The following images are from a feature on iLCP in the Winter 2011 issue of 2board Magazine.


Above, Garth Lenz's images of global environmental issues, threatened wilderness regions, nature’s devastation and its impact on indigenous peoples, have appeared in many of the world’s leading publications. He believes that “presented with images that show the beauty and fragility of nature, contrasted by the scale and impact of our industrialization of the landscape, people will be encouraged to support conservation and a more ecologically sensitive relationship with the earth.
Famous for her underwater photographs of marine life, Michele Westmorland, said it is the goal of iLCP "to tell visual stories that can change minds and protect delicate environments, whether it’s flora, fauna or cultural traditions.”
“Photography and science are a powerful combination.” Armed with a background in science, Cristina Mittermeier founded iLCP in 2005. She has made it her life’s mission to “use photography to protect our planet’s precious resources”, focusing mainly on indigenous communities, and in particular a tribe from the central Amazon, called the Kayapo (pictured above).
Over the course of his long career, Jim Brandenburg has received a multitude of prestigious national and international honors for his work, including the World Achievement Award from the united Nations environmental Programme in Stockholm, Sweden, in recognition of his using nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment. The image above is included in a unique collection that represents iLCP’s 40 most important nature photographs of all time.
Pulitzer prize-winner Jack Dykinga helped to develop the iLCP’s Rapid Action Visual Expedition (RAVE) initiative that features a team of photographers, writers and cameramen working together to provide a comprehensive portrait of a conservation issue or threat in a very short period of time: “Βy assembling RAVES, the iLCP has managed to expose threats to the environment and inform a global audience in an effort to effect change. I’m involved, because it gives me a chance to “pay back” and defend all the wild places I hold so dear."
In Kabul, this 11-year-old girl, Humaria (above), sells eggs to help her family in their struggle to survive a devastating war. When Taliban came to power, education for girls came to an end. Documenting indigenous and tribal cultures around the world for more than 25 years, Phil Borges, seeks to enhance and improve cross-cultural understanding with his images.

Learn more about the iLCP here.

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