Conservation is often a thankless job done by heroes without capes, fighting a daily uphill battle. As wildlife creatives, we are indebted to these heroes, just as we are indebted to the wild for enriching, inspiring, and connecting us to our natural world. We believe that conservation is not a passion or a convenience, rather it is our obligation. We must wield our cameras with purpose, to tell the difficult stories, to advocate for change, to inspire bold action. With conviction, we will speak to the heart and minds to inspire the change we hope to see in our world.
The Pebble Mine is the biggest threat to brown bears in the world today and it was the campaign that brought us together. In November 2020, Pebble Limited Partnership was denied a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit for its proposed mine discharge plan. Currently, they are appealing the USACE’s decision, while the No Pebble Mine movement, led by a broad coalition of Native Tribes, Native Corporations, fishermen, bear viewers, and other groups (including us) and businesses that rely on the intact ecosystems of Bristol Bay for their livelihoods are seeking permanent protection for this special place.
For International Polar Bear Day (February 27, 2021), we teamed up with Polar Bears International and raised $1,600 for their campaign to fund the development of a new tool to find and map den locations to make sure polar bear moms and their cubs aren’t disturbed. This is critically important as more industry moves into the Arctic, threatening denning habitat and putting moms and cubs in harm’s way. So by protecting dens, we protect cubs, helping to ensure their future.
Visual imagery has the ability to unite people and to ignite change. We strive to produce the highest quality content for conservation that tell the stories that need to be told and shine a light on our relationship with the natural world. This content is regularly used by our conservation partners to help advocate policymakers, politicians, and the public to protect and preserve wildlife and the environment.
1% for the Planet is the global standard for most brands. However, as a collection of photographers who make their living directly from interactions with wild animals and their habitat, we feel compelled to contribute more. That’s why we’re donating 10% of sales directly to our partner organizations that help protect the animals and environment we love so much.
Want to learn how you can support conservation? Click on the videos below to learn how to make a difference.