Meet Your Neighbours Co-Founder Clay Bolt was honored to accept the North American Nature Photography Association‘s 2015 Environmental Impact award on behalf of Meet Your Neighbours during the annual summit in San Diego last week. Clay writes, “The last recipient was the incredible James Balog so its significance isn’t lost on me. More importantly, I was so touched to be on stage with many of my dearest friends and colleagues who have really been the ones to make the project a reality.” From the left: Chris Linder, Kevin FitzPatrick, Paul Marcellini, Roy Toft, Sheri Mandel, Nathan Dappen, Krista Schlyer, Clay Bolt, Neil Losin, Gabby Salazar, Karine Aigner and Paul Hassell. Other contributors who were present but unable to join us on stage were Andrew Snyder, JP Lawrence, Matthew Cicanese, Kika Tarsi Tuff, Todd Amacker, Steven David Johnson, Dave Huth. Photo © Gaston Lacombe / iLCP.
Many thousands of wild plant and animal species live in the Anacostia River watershed, right in the heart of the Washington DC metro region, including Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Meet some of this urban wildlife in this video made for the Anacostia Project as featured by contributor Krista Schlyer.
Meet Your Neighbours photographers have been sharing their work all over the world and this past weekend two events of special note took place: In Jacksonville, Florida MYN co-founder Clay Bolt and contributors Paul Marcellini, Nate Dappen and Krista Schlyer presented during a 2-hour at the North American Nature Photography Association’s annual Summit. Across the Atlantic, Dutch contributor Joris van Alphen presented in Amsterdam during PIXperience. In fact, Joris’ presentation featured the largest MYN panel to date at nearly 200′ across! He presented images from his recent expedition to Borneo with the Dutch edition of National Geographic. Way to go Joris!
The MYN team just returned from an action-packed weekend working in Rocky Mountain National Park as part of National Geographic’s 2012 BioBlitz. MYN and iLCP team members Karine Aigner, Clay Bolt, Krista Schlyer joined scientists and volunteers at several sites during the event including Lily Lake and Iceberg pass, which is an Alpine Tundra ecosystem due to the elevation. Team members Neil Losin and Kevin FitzPatrick were also on-site as active participants in the event. Neil made a wonderful discovery this past Friday during the event, which we’ll be sharing more on in the coming days along with many more stories from the field. Stay-tuned!
You can read a brief field-report by going to National Geographic’s “News Watch” site by going here.
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Meet Your Neighbours Photographers and the International League of Conservation Photographers team up to photograph National Geographic Society’s 2012 BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
Greenville, South Carolina – August 16 , 2012 – Meet Your Neighbours is pleased to announce a partnership with the International League of Conservation Photographers to photograph species found at the 2012 BioBlitz at Rocky Mountain National Park for the National Geographic Society. National Geographic will be conducting a new BioBlitz each year until 2016, which is the Centennial of the U.S. National Park Service. NGS defines a BioBlitz as “a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.”
Meet Your Neighbours photographers who will participate in the 2012 event include Karine Aigner, Clay Bolt, Kevin FitzPatrick, Krista Schlyer and Piotr Naskrecki.The mission of the expedition is to capture beautiful portraits of as many of the discovered species as possible. The images will be used to not only promote the event but, more importantly, encourage participants, Coloradans, and viewers on-line and beyond to take a closer look at the wildlife in their own backyard and community. Presentations will also be given at the event by Clay Bolt and Piotr Naskrecki.
Founded in 2009, Meet Your Neighbours is a worldwide photographic initiative, which is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps – and enriching their lives in the process. Meet Your Neighbours images have an instantly recognizable look. Each subject is photographed on location in a field studio. A brilliantly-lit white background removes the context, encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species. Their own form constitutes the composition. Seen this way, animals and plants we thought we knew reveal another side of themselves, encourage a second glance, perhaps even renewed interest.
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