Conservation                 Photography

We show the beauty and value of life on Earth, while revealing how that very life might not survive without change.

The Biodiversity Group uses images to drive change and are supported in this mission through membership with the exclusive International League of Conservation Photographers. Not only do our photographs serve as vital scientific records of the diversity of life, but as artistic reminders of the reason we want to conserve biodiversity to start with: it is fascinating and it is beautiful.

Chittagong Hill Tracts Hunting
Subsistence wildlife trade in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh is a major obstacle for conservation initiatives in the region. With the Mro tribe and others experiencing food shortages on an annual basis, forest resources are increasingly being relied upon and at an unsustainable rate. It is our vision to provide the indigenous people with alternatives to wildlife trade and slash-and-burn agriculture before they are left with no choice but to burn down what is left of their Fatherland.

We use photography as a conduit from the natural world to a global citizenry. If people can be intrigued by spider, or can identify with a snake, they are more likely to value life in all its forms.

Effective conservation photography fosters a personal connection with the subject, one which can open a heart even if it’s connected to a closed mind. – Scott Trageser

Our photographs have acted as a powerful tool to promote critical, yet underrepresented issues and have enabled success for desperately needed conservation initiatives that would have otherwise failed to gain traction. After all, conservation is predicated on visibility, which science can only partially achieve. Innervating conservation photography into our research programs has promoted both approaches further than either could go alone.

This was the first ever endangered Greater Andean Glassfrog found in Ecuador. Excitement is short lived though since the reserve it was found in is being threatened by a large gold mine. Will this species be facing the figurative white light or will it be saved?

You can play your part by attending one of our Conservation Photography Expeditions.

All photos on this site and thousands more are available as fine art prints and stock photography.

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