Photography and conservation have gone hand in hand for decades, but it’s only now that we’re actually giving it this title, that we’re giving it a gravitas. You really can’t have successful conservation without photography shining a light on it.

Kathy Moran, Senior Editor for Natural History at National Geographic Magazine

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.

Ansel Adams, Conservation Photographer

Conservation photography is creating images that will affect change, and ensuring that those images do effect change. The responsibility doesn’t end when you trip the shutter, it actually begins then.

Garth Lenz, iLCP Conservation Photographer

Long-term and meaningful conservation success really is only possible if NGOs and photographers come together and work together, often also working with scientists. If you can get those three sectors working together, you’re pretty much an unstoppable force.

Thomas Peschak, Director of Conservation Save our Seas Foundation

It’s long overdue that we started using photography not just for social change but for environmental and conservation change and that’s what this revolution is about.

Michael Nick Nichols, previous Editor-at-Large at National Geographic Magazine

What we’ve been able to create here is a community of comrades in arms that goes beyond any single image. We are committed to doing something for a planet one image at a time.

Cristina Mittermeier, Executive Director at SeaLegacy

Upcoming Workshops

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Featured Workshops

We are all photographers now.

But, what do we do with our images? Are they having any impact in the world?

Conservation photography uses the photographic process and its media products to advocate for real conservation outcomes. Conservation photography combines nature photography with the issue-oriented approach of documentary photography and in doing so becomes a tool for change. In close collaboration with partners, photography can be used to build alliances, raise funds, and influence policy.

Conservation photography is really about the actions a photographer takes after the images have been made. The real responsibility starts after the shutter has been tripped. It is about getting your images in front of the influential people that really need to see them.

In this sense, we put the images to work.

Neil Ever Osborne Workshops 1 Day Seminar

1-day Conservation Photography Workshop

We will examine conservation photography from its historical roots through its current manifestations in today’s environmentally active climate. Relevant conservation issues affecting society will be analyzed through specific case studies accompanied by multimedia platforms including images, video, and audio. Both theoretical concepts and applied photographic techniques will be explored during the workshop to advance your ability to tell a conservation story through visuals.

At the heart of this workshop is the ability to use visual communication and storytelling in an effective way to engage new audiences.

Additionally, an in-depth Q&A that focuses on individual needs serves as a community building exercise that makes this workshop a networking opportunity as well.

Ultimately, participants will gain an appreciation for the power of photography and its potential for precipitating environmental awareness and action.

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Neil Ever Osborne Workshops Multi-Day Seminar

Multi-day Conservation Photography Workshop

The Multi-day Conservation Photography Workshop builds upon the knowledge summarized in the 1-day workshop and asks participants to complete fieldwork, or an assignment in the field. In this multi-day workshop participants work together as a team to focus on the selection, documentation, and presentation of a local conservation issue.

Participants will create new photographic imagery that explores individual interests but also aligns with and culminates in a group presentation of the work. While a public audience is the main beneficiary of this collective effort, we strive to have specific influencers in the room that might include representatives from NGOs, corporations, philanthropists, and government.

Participants are briefed on workshop logistics as they are made available. Check back here for more details soon.

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“Neil has contributed to a number of publications I’ve worked on over the last few years and has not only delivered excellent photographic work, but he’s also been an inspiration to many of the colleagues I’ve worked with on creating such content. Neil aims high and hits the target. In some respects, even more impressive than the physical results of his work, are the reactions my colleagues have had to the inspiring messages Neil promotes. He’s a keen advocate of the importance of telling conservation stories through images, and his message both figuratively and literally leaves a mark on his audiences.”

– Aaron Kylie, Editor at Canadian Geographic Magazine

“Neil Ever Osborne is one of conservation photography’s most vocal advocates.”

– Jaymi Heimbuch, Mother Nature Network

“Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition (SOS) is working to restore wild salmon to the Snake River basin by advocating for the removal of four high-cost low-value dams on the lower Snake River, which currently impede salmon from traveling from the ocean back to their home rivers where they spawn. Neil’s Snake basin photos were displayed in the U.S. Capitol, journalism conferences, and public receptions in the Northwest where his artwork brought the beauty and value of imperiled Snake River salmon to decision-makers, reporters, and the general public. His stunning pictures have been instrumental in demonstrating to elected officials and the public that the habitat is there to support the return of wild salmon and Steelhead to the Snake River basin—if we give them a chance to get there.”

– Sam Mace, Inland Northwest Director, Save Our Wild Salmon

“When Neil’s optic nerve signals his trigger finger to capture an image it begins a generous chain reaction of events that lead to gorgeous magazine and online articles, banners wrapped around buildings, students finding purpose, better friendships, more sea turtles in the ocean, and bigger love for our blue marble home.”

– Wallace J. Nichols, New York Times Bestselling Author

“On assignment in Florida Neil assisted Paul Nicklen and I with field work. His grip on the project logistics really helped us deliver the manatee story that ran in the April 2013 issue of the National Geographic Magazine. We would work with him again anytime.”

– Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Photographers

Sample Past Workshops

Photography and Storytelling with Wade Davis and Neil Ever Osborne

Dr. Wade Davis is one of Canada’s great storytellers. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity”. In his new book, Wade Davis: Photographs, Wade tells the story of the human condition through a collection of photographs evoking the strong feelings of love, family and tradition.

Neil Ever Osborne is one of Canada’s most distinguished photographers and is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His work connects people with the planet’s wild spaces while seeking out the human narrative in land and seascapes.

Join Wade and Neil as they guide a small group of photographers through a master class and photo walk focused on storytelling through the art of photography. This unique opportunity to share an intimate session with two of Canada’s most recognized photographers has never been offered before, and is being offered exclusively by the Canadian Geographic Photo Club.

Breakfast, and a signed copy of Wade’s new book, Wade Davis: Photographs will be included.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards supporting core RCGS education and expedition programs.

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