Wildlife in the Frame: Photo sale aims to raise $1 million for Africa’s parks | global development

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Wildlife in the Frame: Photo sale aims to raise $1 million for Africa’s parks | global development

MMore than 150 wildlife photographers are involved in selling wildlife prints to raise money for them African parksIt is a non-governmental protection organization based in South Africa. In 2020, the first ever wildlife print sale raised $660,200 (£479,000), with more than 6,500 prints sold within 30 days.

This year, the initiative, founded by two photographers, Pie Aerts from the Netherlands and Austrian Marion Baer, ​​aims to raise $1 million. Publications will be for sale through the online store printforwildlife.org Until August 11th.

Along with some of the world’s most respected wildlife photographers, such as Greg de Toit, Beverly Joubert, Susie Estherhas, David Lloyd and Steve Winter, the sale also features emerging talent from developing nations, with the goal of fostering greater diversity among wildlife photographers.

The funds raised will support African Parks, which operates 19 parks, spanning 14.7 million hectares (36.3 million acres), in 11 countries on behalf of governments in Africa, for the benefit of local communities and wildlife.

“Conservation was in crisis before the pandemic and has continued through these unprecedented times,” says Andrea Hedloff, chief marketing officer of African Parks. “By protecting parks in Africa, we are securing functioning ecosystems, providing safe havens for some of the world’s most threatened species, and supporting hundreds of thousands of people through employment, improved livelihoods, food security, education and health care.

Here, five photographers share the story behind their photos.

Will Burrard Lucas – “Approach the cubs with curiosity”

lion cubs
Curious lion cubs were captured by BeetleCam in this photo by Will Burrard-Lucas

I have spent the first close of 2020 redesigning and rebuilding my remote control camera cart, known as the BeetleCam, and at the end of last year I took it to Kenya. My goal was to start a new, long-term project to photograph the lions of the Northern Mara Reserve in Kenya.

I introduced Serian’s Pride to my BeetleCam over the course of several weeks. The lionesses learned to ignore the buggy completely but it was a different story with the cubs. They were very playful and would often approach the camera or try to sneak up on her and hit her. This photo is from an early encounter, where the cubs curiously approached through the tall grass of the rainy season.

Since I started this project, I have learned how all the lions in the Maasai Mara are threatened by human-wildlife conflict. This often happens when lions kill livestock on the outskirts of wildlife areas and then poison in response. Estimated that there is only About 20,000 lions remain in the wild and that these species occupy less than 5% of the previous species range.

Juno Allen – This photo was taken in one breath

Humpback whale and its calf
Humpback whale and its calf, photographed by Juno Allen

my publications for wild animals A humpback mother and a calf begin their massive journey south from the tropical waters of Tonga to the frigid waters of Antarctica. This photo was taken in one breath while breaking free from the small favau island chain in Tonga, where whales gather every year to mate and give birth.

It’s impossible to really understand Incredible Creatures So be in the water with them. My perception will never be the same. A good biological friend has studied the humpback for over 10 years. She has seen thousands of whales in her time. We swam with these two whales together and within minutes of coming face to face she was crying.

This photo is important to me because the humpback is one of the greatest conservation stories of our time. During the whaling era, they came close to extinction, but thanks to protection and protection, they are now back to their original numbers.

Supporting the conservation efforts of organizations such as African Parks is vital. If it were not for such organizations, we would be living in a world without these two beautiful humpback whales.

Tammy Walker – “Have fun in the water”

Elephants at a watering hole
Trunk dolls, Tammy Walker’s photo of elephants at the watering hole

Here are two elephants flapping in the water in a bowl on the southeast side of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The elephants seem to enjoy every moment: playing, splashing, climbing on each other and submerging themselves. Several other herds of elephants and other game came to drink in the pan but nothing to distract these two from the fun and games.

During my years photographing wildlife, I have come to realize how in balance wild animals are with the natural arrangement of things, with their surroundings and the natural cycles in which they live and reproduce, and how negatively humanity affects that balance. I have come to understand how important wildlife is to the well-being and continuity of our great African heritage. The impact of human progress and the pressure on these wilderness areas is a challenge for my generation and those to come.

Nelly Godhaka – “Enjoying the sun”

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A leopard cub at sunrise on the Maasai Mara in Kenya captured by Nili Gudhka

Just before sunrise in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, we found a leopard mother with two cubs about three months old. The cubs became very playful with the sunrise and getting warmer. While the mother was inspecting the area in search of food, the young men found a small tree. One of the cubs climbed on top and sat comfortably, basking in the sunshine.

The cheetah is the most endangered African cat. In the 19th century, there were 100,000 cheetahs living in the wild and today There are only about 7000. This is due to human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss, climate change and, to me, the most egregious issue, cubs trafficking. Having spent countless hours with these lovely cats, I have come to have an emotional attachment to this species and hope my work will be a way to defend and maintain their existence.

Ketan Khambhatta – “Leave a cloud of dust”

Zebra and wild animals
Ketan Khambhatta captures the drama of river crossing by zebras and wild animals in Kenya’s Mara Triangle

This photo was taken at one of the river crossing points in the Mara Triangle, during the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. I was waiting in our car for herds of wild animals to cross the river and noticed the zebras slowly moving forward to test the waters for alligators. But while the zebras were still checking in, the wild animal just started running and jumping into the river, leaving a cloud of dust and creating an exciting moment that I thought would make for a great photo shoot.

Being in the wild increased my sympathy for wildlife. What has become apparent during my photography travels is the threat many animals face due to various reasons, such as habitat loss, poaching and climate change.

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