Anchorage, Alaska (Oct. 3, 2005) -- More than 150 of the best naturephotographers in the world gathered in Anchorage, Alaska, to discusshow photography can contribute to the conservation community's effortsin protecting wilderness areas and endangered species around the world.
The Conservation Photography Symposium opened with visualpresentations by top names in the profession like legendaryphotographers, Art Wolfe and David Doubilet. Topics include timelyecological and social issues, such as global warming, cultures at theedge of extinction, and the illegal trade in wildlife.
Over the next four days, the photographers will discuss ways inwhich images can further contribute to the conservation agenda. TheSymposium, sponsored by National Geographic, Conservation Internationaland Asociación Sierra Madre, will culminate on October 6th when theparticipants will toast the official launch of the International Leagueof Conservation Photographers, an initiative spearheaded by the WILDFoundation to harness the power of images for conservation goals.Finally the Symposium will present conservation recommendations to the8th World Wilderness Congress.
A major part of the gathering is a large photographic exhibitthat highlights the works of many photographers attending the meeting,including National Geographic's Nick Nichols and Robert Glenn Ketchum.
"Wilderness as Seen Through the Eyes of ConservationPhotographers" features almost 50 prints and is on display at the EganConvention Center during the 8th World Wilderness Congress, inAnchorage (sep 29th – Oct. 6th). The prints are on sale to the publicand the proceeds will go to supporting the conservation efforts of thisdedicated group of artists through our alliance with the WILDFoundation.
A series of visual presentations open to the public and free ofcharge will are also taking place at the auditorium in the AlaskaPublic Lands Building.
For details and schedule, visit: www.8wwc.org/program/conservation_photography_outreach.htm
The proceedings of this landmark gathering will be posted on thewebsite of the International League of Conservation Photographers: www.conservationphotography.net.
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