Conservation photographers use images to tell the story of a place and motivate the viewer to take action for meaningful conservation efforts. Some of the best photographers in the world collaborate with media, NGOs, and other entities to conserve wilderness and wildlife. The thirteen photographers that follow use their energies to help document the world’s Biodiversity Hotspots. Their images are supporting conservation in these most precious areas.
1. Cristina Mittermeier
Cristina Mittermeier, a Mexican-born photographer, writer, and marine biologist, is the founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers. She photographs the fragile relationship between humans and nature and is especially adept at documenting the lives of remote indigenous peoples.
2. Connie Bransilver
Connie Brainsilver’s extensive work has focused on conservation of lemurs in Madagascar, the Indonesia biodiversity hotspot, and UNESCO-Asia World Heritage Sites. Her beautiful images of wild orchids in her own south Florida remind us of the foundational an captivating role of plants in ecosystems.
3. Tim Laman
Tim Laman is a field biologist turned wildlife photographer. His series of articles on Conservation International’s Biodiversity Hotspots, have highlighted regions under intense pressure. He has covered the rainforests of Borneo and the Asia-Pacific region.
4. Thomas Mangelsen
Thomas Mangelsen’s photographs showcased in Vital Signs: Images of Biodiversity were a combination of his craft and knowledge of science. The images stress the importance of maintaining a balanced and diverse ecosystem. Tom sits in the Board of Directors of The Cougar Fund, an organization dedicated to protecting these great cats and their habitat. He has photographed in India, Africa, and the Andes.
5. Robin Moore
Robin Moore leverages his PhD in biodiversity conservation to act as a powerful voice for amphibian conservation. He currently works with the Amphibian Survival Alliance, Global Wildlife Conservation and Rainforest Trust to support conservation initiatives worldwide.
6. Piotr Naskrecki
Piotr Naskrecki, an entomologist, directs the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique where he trains a new cadre of Mozambican biologists and conservationists. In his photography Piotr captures both the beauty and role of invertebrates and other “non-charismatic” animals as vital, often critically important members of the Earth’s ecosystems.
7. Jaime Rojo
Jaime Rojo with a background in environmental sciences, tells the story of wild nature through elaborate visual projects that help reconnect the public with the natural world. He has extensively photographed and led campaigns for the protection of the Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands hotspot in Mexico.
8. Xi Zhinong
Xi Zhinong works throughout China capturing the disappearing wilderness and wildlife and uses those images as a tool to promote the conservation of endangered wildlife and its natural habitat. He successfully initiated a nation-wide campaign to save the endangered Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey.
9. Christian Ziegler
Christian Zielgler is a tropical ecologist by training. He has been working extensively in tropical rainforests on three continents. For 10 years Christian has worked with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, to document the MesoAmerican hotspot.
10. Gary Braasch
Gary Braasch has worked with the United Nations to highlight conservation, biodiversity, field science, and climate change. His website project, Worldview of Global Warming, illustrates the major effects, discusses the science, and identifies habitats that are changing with global warming. It is a resource for the public, educators and communicators.
11. Luciano Candisani
Luciano Candisani photographs the world’s wilderness areas with images that seek to reveal the link between species – including humans – and the environment. He’s worked extensively in the Pantanal, located in Cerrado hotspot of Brazil. He believes the Pantanal and Amazon are still colossal wilderness areas in Brazil that we can – and must – protect for the future generations. As it may be the last chance for these places, he tells the stories that are hidden in these remote locations of the tropics.
12. Katherine Feng
Katherine Feng photographs the wildlife and biodiversity in China’s nature reserves. Katherine uses her images to show the world, especially the people of China, the unique natural heritage they possess and to encourage them to protect, not only the animals, but the entire biodiversity of the habitat in which they live.
13. Sandesh Kadur
Sandesh Kadur exposes the need for conservation and encourages protection of the world’s biodiversity. Sandesh has documented India’s biodiversity hotspots through his books: Sahyadris: India’s Western Ghats – A Vanishing Heritage (2005) and Himalaya: Mountains of Life (2013).