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International League of Conservation Photographers

www.ConservationPhotographers.org

The mission of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. iLCP is a fellowship of more than 100 photographers from over 20 countries. Members include National Geographic photographers such as David Doubilet, Frans Lanting, Michael (Nick) Nichols, Joel Sartore, George Steinmetz, and Steve Winter.

As a project based organization, iLCP coordinates Conservation Photography Expeditions to get world-renowned photographers in the field teamed with scientists, writers, videographers and conservation groups to gather visual assets that will be used to create conservation communications campaigns to foment conservation successes. iLCP has partnered with National Geographic on two such expeditions.

iLCP is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Learn more about our conservation projects at ilcp.com/projects.

HOW MANY GRIZZLIES ARE ENOUGH?

“Bears force us to think hard about what we really mean when we say we want to preserve nature. A sample here and there? Multitudes of certain majestic creatures but only token numbers of others – just enough to let us say we didn’t drive them completely extinct?” – Douglas H. Chadwick

Armed Thai Officials Raid Wildlife Rescue NGO

Thai officials target wildlife rescue center Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, and seize animals. iLCP photographer, Morgan Heim provides us with an inside look at the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand, before it was raided.

Deceptive Beauties – The World of Wild Orchids

Confucius called them the “king of fragrant plants,” and John Ruskin condemned them as “prurient apparitions.” Across the centuries, orchids have captivated us with their elaborate exoticism, their powerful perfumes, and their sublime seductiveness. But the disquieting beauty of orchids is an unplanned marvel of evolution, and the story of orchids is as captivating as…

Cozumel 2013

How long will it last before the hungry developers begin to consume this quiet side of Cozumel?

Plight of the Ice Bear

“As I stood on the deck of the Professor Khromov in the Chukchi Sea and strained to see the lone swimming polar bear buffeted by waves as she disappeared into the distance, the uncertainty of her fate weighed heavily on me. But the uncertain future of her entire species, and indeed the uncertain future facing all life on Earth, weighed on me even more.” -Jenny Ross

The Black Turtle Project

The good news: the black turtles are back. The bad news: so are the poachers.

Challenging Science Stereotypes with Science on Ice

What do you think of when you hear the word “scientist”—white-bearded men scribbling formulas on blackboards or huddling over bubbling test tubes? These are not the scientists I know.

Strongholds in the Pacific Rim; Keep Salmon Wild

In 1892, Livingston Stone, a Minister and avid fisherman called upon the US government to create a salmon park, saying, “Let us now, at the eleventh hour, take pity on our long persecuted salmon and do him the poor and tardy justice of giving him, in our broad land that he has done so much for, one place where he can come and go unmolested and where he can rest in safety.”

Restoring the Balance– Restoration of Hope

Imbedded with the field team I am absolutely overwhelmed by the professionalism, scientific rigor and discipline. The daily grind for this mainly female field biology team starts at 7am with a calorie laden breakfast fit for a logger or two.

Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine

Why are cycads, plants that thrived in the Mesozoic, full of toxins so powerful that they will alter your DNA if ingested?

Tibet, A Culture on the Edge

In the mornings and afternoons I watched thousands of Tibetans, even elders crippled with bad hips and knees, make their daily walks around stupas, temples and mountains, spinning their prayer wheels and chanting their mantra, “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

Sheep Mountain

Just west of Telluride, lies the Paradox Valley, a broad agricultural valley bordered by farms, ranches, red rock canyons, and rivers. Abandoned mines, ghost towns evacuated due to radioactive poisoning, elevated cancer rates, and radioactive tailings for which there is no long term solution dot the landscape, bearing witness to the failed legacy of uranium mining.

Spirit Bears in NYC

We set up tripods, we followed guides, we lived on sailboats and tugboats, we were welcomed by the Gitga’at community, we took to the air – swam in the ocean and shimmied on our stomachs with salmon working their way upstream to their spawning grounds…

Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay is America’s last, clean seafood resource. Now that’s a funny place to put a mine. An eye-witness account of the unique beauty and economic value of the region by Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.

The Fragile State of Our Environment

“I have found it is often best to work from the air, which more easily allows for the juxtaposition of nature with the destruction wrought by industrial accidents. Aerial photography gives us a wider context to the beauty and destruction happening on the Earth.” – Daniel Beltra