Wildlife photography project: 2020 VISION
AA Publishing has now published a new collection of wildlife and conservation images from the UK photography, 2020VISION.
2020VISION is a nature photography project and book that aims to communicate the link between habitat restoration and the well being of the human race. 2020VISION aims to illustrate the message ‘that people’s relationship with nature is not scientific but emotional’.
The book tells the story of 20 flagship projects across Britain that are currently restoring, protecting and reconnecting damaged habitats or species, with the aim of halting biodiversity loss by the year 2020. Over a 20-month period during 2011 and 2012, photography assignments were carried out at each of the 20 locations. The result is a collection of original images of the UK’s most precious and vulnerable ecosystems, taken by 20 of the UK’s top nature and wildlife photographers.
The images in the book are designed to challenge the public’s perception of conservation, and convey a high impact emotional message about the value of nature that journalism alone is said to be failing to communicate, according to the project.
The large-format hardback book looks at 20 key ecosystems from across the country that support British wildlife including; forests, peat bogs, salt marshes, cities, heaths and wetlands, highlighting their individual importance and vulnerabilities, as well as the wealth of nature that resides there.
There are also essays on Restoration Ecology from Sir John Lister-Kaye OBE, and on building cities with nature in mind from ‘The Urban Birder’ David Lindo.
The images, film and sound gathered by the 2020VISION team will also form the basis of a travelling exhibition which will visit locations throughout the UK between 2012 and 2015. For more information on the exhibitions visit 2020v.org
The project is being coordinated and contributed to by photographer Peter Cairns, an award-winning nature photographer. In addition to documenting Europe's high profile wildlife species, Peter covers a diverse range of topical conservation stories from nature-based tourism to the potential reintroduction of wolves.
Other contributing photographers include Andy Rouse, Linda Pitkin, Mark Hamblin and Fergus Gill.
Below are a small selection of images used in the 2020 VISION project book. The book has been published by AA Publishing, is available today and costs £25 for the hardback edition.
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