This Saturday, the International Conservation Photography Awards and Exhibition ceremony will once again kick-off at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Washington.
The biennial, juried competition, founded in 1997 by acclaimed local nature photographer, Art Wolfe, will feature nearly 80 of the most captivating photographic works submitted by both amateur and professional photographers from all over the world. Over 1500 submissions were entered under competitive categories such as ‘Environments at Risk’ , ‘Wild Life’, ‘Under Water’, ‘Landscape’, ‘Flora’, ‘Documenting Conservation Projects’, and a ‘Student category.
Lucky for our Planetsave readers, the good folks at the Burke have given us permission to offer this “sneak peak” ahead of the exhibition opening!
The following photos (including the featured photo, above) are amongst the top place or honorable mention winners. The organizers have asked that I kindly not list which photos here have won which prizes before Saturday night’s official awards ceremony.
So, until then (check back later) please enjoy these compelling, award-winning images!
Consume. Duwamish River, South Park Neighborhood, Seattle, Washington. Tom Reese, 2010. Category: Puget Sound at Risk
Coyote Curled at Sunset. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Timothy Brooks, 2011. Category: Student
Eye to Eye. Air Station Prairie, Glenview, Illinois. Carol Freeman, 2011. Category: Wildlife
When Winter is a Poet. Jökulsárlón Beach, Iceland. Fortunato Gatto, 2012. Category: Landscape
Crashed Tanker. Christmas Island, Australia. Justin Gilligan, 2012. Category: Natural Environment at Risk
Family. Vava’u, Tonga. Ryan Hellard, 2009. Category: Underwater
Reflective Sheen.Fisherman’s Terminal, Seattle, Washington. Douglas H. Orton, 2011. Category: Puget Sound at Risk
Shoal of Life. Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. Cristobal Serrano – Category: Underwater
Unfolding Fern. Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Andre Szekely. Category: Flora
Featured article (top) photo: Underdogs. Venetia Limpopo Reserve, South Africa. Neil Aldridge, 2009 – 2010. Category: Documenting a Conservation Project
Sponsors and supporters of the International Conservation Photography Awards include:
4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Kym Aughtry, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, The Mountaineers Foundation, Carl Skoog Memorial Fund, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, and the Peg and Rick Young Foundation.
Michael Ricciardi is a well-published writer of science/nature/technology articles and essays, poetry and short fiction. Michael has interviewed dozen of scientists from many scientific fields, including Brain Greene, Paul Steinhardt, and Nobel Laureate Ilya Progogine (deceased). Michael was trained as a naturalist and taught ecology and natural science on Cape Cod, Mass. from 1986-1991. His first arts grant was for production of the environmental (video) documentary 'The Jones River - A Natural History', 1987-88 (Kingston, Mass.). Michael is also an award winning, internationally screened video artist. Two of his more recent short videos; 'A Time of Water Bountiful' and 'My Name is HAM' (an "imagined memoir" about the first chimp in space), and several other short videos, can be viewed on his website (http://www.chaosmosis.net). Michael currently lives in Seattle, Washington.