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The International League of Conservation Photographers is a nonprofit whose mission is to support environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography and filmmaking. It is made up of Fellows, top storytellers in the field. The organization uses stories to advance conservation. This is a space for all conservation photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers; or those aspiring to be one.
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  2. Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself briefly: I'm Dori Rathmell, iLCP's Social Media Coordinator and Water Resources Manager! I wear a lot of hats with iLCP, including: 1. Managing social media content across all platforms (generally, prioritizing IG and FB) 2. Researching water conservation issues worldwide 3. Creating and Writing ArcGIS StoryMaps, usually about water-related issues 4. Whatever iLCP is working on! Last year, I got to interview stakeholders in rural Virginia about environmental justice communities and water rights! * Outside of iLCP, I'm also a full-time graduate student studying Water Resources Management at Duke University in Durham, NC, hence why so much of my focus is on water accessibility! Feel free to reach out with any questions regarding social media, communications, water accessibility, or really anything you think I can help with! Excited to see what you all get up to in the forum! Dori
  3. Getting started with the technical aspects of underwater photography!
  4. There are so many skills and techniques to be successful in conservation photography. What is one you're looking to improve on? We'd love to learn more about how to support you!
  5. This is awesome, thanks for sharing Susan! For those of you who might not know, Susan Norton is the Executive director of iLCP!
  6. We are grateful to Sony for this wonderful partnership and hope that you all find it a helpful resource. Here are some upcoming deadlines that might be of interest: The Fund for Investigative Journalism - January 29 Submissions for the 2024 McElhen Award - January 31 Downstream Environmental Film Festival - March 1 Wildscreen Panda Awards - January 23-April 12 iLCP applications - announcement soon on dates and scholarships
  7. I'm so excited to teach this workshop again! Sam and I had a blast last time. We really put in all the info we wish we knew starting out. I hope to see some of you there!
  8. Hi all, Brooke McDonough (@bmcdonough) and I are offering our online workshop, Starting a Career in Conservation and Science Photography, with Summit Workshops in March/April! The workshop is best suited to those who are early in their career as a conservation/science photographer. Instead of covering the technical aspects of photography, we focus on other aspects of this career: building relationships with subjects and editors, grant and application writing, setting goals, setting rates, early career opportunities, etc. More info at the link above. Feel free to ask any questions here, and/or share with anyone who may be interested!
  9. Hello! I’m an Emerging League member of the iLCP based in Ottawa, Canada. My storytelling work focuses mainly on wildlife science, informed by my background as a biologist. For the past few years I’ve been based at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station where I’ve been working on various stories about the value of long-term wildlife studies. My storytelling work moving forward will continue to focus on the conservation of Ontario’s freshwater turtles. As such, I’ve been working on expanding my skills to include underwater photography. Happy to connect with folks on various topics...especially those who can help with my expansion into the aquatic realm! Instagram:
  10. The next round of National Geographic grants are due on April 11th. The storytelling grant is a fantastic way to support a passion project and conservation story. Many iLCP Fellows and other conservation storytellers have received this grant. There are three main factors I think is important to detail in your grant application: Why is this story important to tell? for this, dive into the timeliness of the issue, the impact a story could have on the issue, etc. Why are you the right person to tell this story? Make it clear that you are the one who should complete this project - this could be because of your past work and special skills, or the connections and relationships you've built. You may also point to the locality of the project - is its happening right in your community. Just making it clear that you are the best storyteller for this project. How are you set up for success? Have you made contacts / relationships with key characters? Have you done adequate research? They want to fund people who they don't see as a huge risk, so making it clear that you have put in some groundwork to be successful is very important. Another tip is to be very clear in your writing and your narrative. Don't leave anything up for assumption or interpretation - remember, they aren't experts in the topic like you are, so they will need more context! Are any of you thinking about applying? If so, what projects would you work on?
  11. This looks like such an awesome project @Peter Mather! I'll give some thought to possible funding. Thanks for sharing the doc, it's so helpful to see how to put together a strong proposal.
  12. Hi everyone, I am a conservation wildlife photographer out of San Antonio, TX. My creative focus is on human/wildlife coexistence in urban environments. I have been working on a long-term project out of Southern California called the Marine Mammal Coexistence Initiative, which aims to create stronger protections for harbor seal and California Sea Lion mainland rookeries. I have also been a long time partner photographer for the Cheetah Conservation Fund out of Namibia. I have been the Ethics Committee Chair for the North American Nature Photography Association since 2018 and was recently elected to their Board of Directors. I am happy to connect with other photographers from around the globe.
  13. To change your profile picture, you'll need to update your profile on Alpha Universe. Click on My Alpha Universe at the top right of the page, then select log in and you can change your profile picture for your public profile on that page. That profile picture will then come through here to the forums.
  14. Working on a new movie about the Arctic Refuge. Will try and share the document we just finished proofing. Our funding doc. Would love some feedback on the story, the document or any funder suggestions.... VADZAIH - An Arctic Quest.pdf
  15. Good Morning, Does anyone know how to change your profile picture? I can't find an option for that. Thanks! Dan
  16. I would love to hear (and hopefully see images) of any projects you are currently working on! Feel free to share below! 👇
  17. I'm SO excited about this club! I love connecting with other photographers and filmmakers and geeking out about all things conservation storytelling. My name is Brooke, I've worked with iLCP for about 5 years now. Currently, my major roles with iLCP is to help run the ELP mentorship program. I'm also a photographer and filmmaker myself. I primarily focus on pollinators and human/environment interaction. Most recently, I've been working on a story on lawn culture in the US -- this work is supported by National Geographic. Here's my Instagram so we can connect more!
  18. Hi everyone, I'm a photographer and filmmaker in Fort Collins, Colorado. My creative focus is on showing why active stewardship of nature is essential for its existence. Currently I'm working on a long-term multimedia project showing the role of fire in Colorado's forests. I'm also the senior communications manager for the National Audubon Society in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, where I use multimedia to raise support for shortgrass prairie, sagebrush steppe, rivers, saline wetlands, native gardening, and environmental education. I'm happy to connect with others here and help in any way I can. Here are my links:
  19. Hi all, Greetings from Taiwan! I'm also an Emerging League iLCP member (hi Dan!) and both an UW and topside conservation photographer based in Princeton, NJ. I am in the last year of my PhD in ecology and environmental policy, where I focus on the socio-ecological dimensions of coral reefs and their conservation across various patterns of scale. I was born and raised in Indonesia and do fieldwork and storytelling projects throughout Southeast Asia and would be keen to connect with like-minded conservation photographers/scientists, both in the region and beyond. Here's my IG: Excited to connect with folks on here! Best fishes, Bing
  20. Good Evening! I'm thrilled to be a part of this club. I'm an Emerging League iLCP member and underwater photographer/filmmaker focused on telling stories of marine scientists. As a coral biologist turned photographer/filmmaker, my work aims to take complex research and turn it into a more digestible format through photo and film. I live on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and would especially love to connect with others in the Caribbean! Here's my IG Looking forward to chatting with you all! Dan
  21. Welcome to iLCP’s new Community Club! This is a space for all conservation photographers, filmmakers, and storytellers or those aspiring to be one. We have partnered with Sony Alpha Universe to create this community to share opportunities, support each other, and offer guidance on all things conservation storytelling. Let’s kick off the support here - we’d love for you to introduce yourself, let us know what types of stories you like to tell, and be sure to drop your social channels so we can follow each other! To learn more about iLCP, visit
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