Neil Ever Osborne is a conservation photojournalist and visual artist.
Positioned at the convergence of documentary and art, his work examines the complex, troubled, yet inextricable link between people and planet with the purpose of protecting our only shared home.
For more than fifteen years, Osborne has been capturing images and telling stories about the earth’s last wild places—many of which remain fragile and in desperate need of protection—from the mountains of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of Indonesia to the shores of the Falkland Islands.
Osborne’s work celebrates wilderness and the underappreciated benefits it provides to all of us. More recently, his aim has been to demystify the foreignness of such natural worlds—and of nature in general—and to replace the very idea of “the environment” with a concept more accessible and relatable to each of us: “a healthy home”.
There is an urgent need to recast the dialogue about the environment. It is vital that we bring new language and fresh perspectives to the discussion around these concepts—and that the conversation continue, because so many of our social concerns are the direct result of an unhealthy planet.
Using a documentary approach, Osborne’s efforts have been to seek out, locate, and reframe all of this in a new, nonverbal language, which bears witness to the beauty and value of wilderness and the encroaching proximity of humanity’s ubiquitous presence.
The inherent message behind his work is that humankind, so long considered apart from nature, is in fact a part of it.
To share this message Osborne collaborates with domestic and international publications, NGOs, charities, corporations, philanthropists, Indigenous nations, fine art galleries, and with a growing community of online advocates who align with his morals and values.
Osborne was recently named an Explorer with National Geographic and his photography is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection.
Osborne is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club.
Additionally, he was the inaugural Photographer-in-Residence with the Canadian Geographic Magazine.
As a Founding Partner at Evermaven, a full-service environmental communications agency, Osborne is based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada when not in the field.
National Geographic Explorer
Photographer represented by National Geographic Image Collection
Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers
International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club
Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Founding Partner at Evermaven
2-year tenure as an Ambassador with Nikon Canada
3-year mentorship with National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting
On assignment assistant to National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen
Inaugural Photographer-in-Residence with Canadian Geographic
Founder and Program Manager of Environmental Visual Communication
Conservation Photography Editor with Canadian Wildlife Magazine
M.A. degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University
B.Sc. degree in Conservation Biology from Trent University
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Founder and Program Manager 2012–2016
Environmental Visual Communication
Positioned at the convergence of pragmatism and action, science and art, strategy and skill, the Environmental Visual Communication (EVC) post-graduate certificate, offered through Fleming College on-site at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is an education experience producing a new school of hybridized communicators who are passionate about environmental issues and stories and who want to effectively engage people who can foster change.
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