Anyone who is looking for a way to give back to the planet and add a stunning wildlife photograph by a world class nature photographer to their wall should check out a new initiative called Prints for Nature. This is a short-lived fine art photographic print sale to help protect the natural world in what is being dubbed a critical and defining moment.
More than 85 of the world’s best photographers who focus on wildlife and the environment have donated prints for this cause. Prints for Nature is an independent initiative by some of the most notable photographers in the world and was organized by National Geographic photojournalist Ami Vitale.
The promotion includes the work of such photographers Marina Cano, Jimmy Chin, Jasper Doest, Ronan Donovan, Graeme Green, Beverly Joubert, Shaaz Jung, Anand Varma, Steve Winter, Art Wolfe, and Vitale herself. At a price of $250 for an 11 x 16 print, which a gallery might sell for $1,000 or more, it’s a win-win for both the buyer and Conservation International, the well regarded nonprofit reaping the benefits of the sale.
The idea was the brainchild of photographer Vitale, a Montana-based Nikon Ambassador and National Geographic photographer who has traveled to more than 100 countries and lived in mud huts and war zones to cover a story. This was all in keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” In 2009, after shooting a story on the transport and release of one the world’s last white rhinos, Vitale shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from Prints for Nature will go directly to support Conservation International’s work with those on the front lines protecting wild lands and the world’s most vulnerable species. The initiative was inspired by a desire to face the current challenges of the pandemic as well as the impact it is having on both wildlife and the communities protecting them. The goal “is to make a small impact and leave a lasting legacy.”
Prints for Nature selected Conservation International because of the quality of their work and the fact that their funds get to hundreds of grassroots organizations. The organization’s work spans four continents, encompassing grasslands, cloud forests, rainforests and coral reefs. Virtually all of their field programs are run by in-country nationals and they actively partner with local communities and indigenous people in the design and implementation of their work. Conservation International is also able to leverage limited philanthropic funding to unlock public funding to scale their work.
The prints will be crafted by the studio of Paper & Ink with Canon’s Lucia Pro archival pigment ink on Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag 100% cotton archival rag paper. Images will be printed at 11×16 inches and they will sell for $250, a deeply discounted price. The price will increase by 10% for all prints purchased after Black Friday. The Prints for Nature campaign runs until Dec 10, 2020. It’s a great opportunity to own a work by one of the world’s leading photographers and also make a profound difference in conservation.