Conservation photography uses the photographic process and its products to advocate for real conservation outcomes. The discipline combines nature photography with the issue-oriented approach of documentary photography and in doing so becomes a tool for change. In close collaboration with conservation partners, this service allows photographers to build alliances, raise funds, and influence policy. This seminar introduces participants to the conservation photography discipline while challenging them to think about putting their photography to work for conservation.
For over a decade Neil Ever Osborne’s photographic and multimedia projects have been published by industry, government, and civil society collaborators. His visual communication and storytelling work focuses attention on humanity’s link to wildlife and natural habitats, with a particular interest in protected spaces and the narratives unfolding in these lands and seascapes. In addition to his active role as a conservation photographer, Osborne is a contributing editor and photographer for Canadian Wildlife and Canadian Geographic magazines, an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), and a photographer in residence at the Royal Ontario Museum Centre of Discovery in Biodiversity.
Osborne has introduced courses and curriculum on conservation photography throughout North America while centralizing his efforts in the academic space at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, where he directs the Environmental Visual Communication program for Fleming College.