Conservation Photography: Butterflies and Bulldozers

“The nature photograph shows a butterfly on a pretty flower. The conservation photograph shows the same thing, but with a bulldozer coming at it in the background.” These words from acclaimed National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore underscore the poignancy of conservation photography — it exists not only to awe and inspire, but also to spur action. Since 2005, the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) — a CI partner — has been working to bring conservation into focus, one image at a time.

With the film “Witness: Defining Conservation Photography,” iLCP photographer Neil Ever Osborne has compiled a collection of stunning, thought-provoking images from over 40 conservation photographers. Notable primatologist Jane Goodall, National Geographic Editor-at-Large Michael Nichols and iLCP president Cristina Mittermeier are among those who share their thoughts on the power of photography as an effective conservation tool.

Watch the 17-minute film below.

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