An exhibition by the World Land Trust gallery showcased award-winning photographers and striking wildlife images – from rich coral landscapes and their sea creatures to stampeding wildebeest against the glow of a sunset backdrop.
The World Land Trust gallery is raising funds for conservation through sales of the artwork which helps support WLT’s conservation projects, protecting some of the most threatened habitats and wildlife on Earth.
Meet the photographers:
David Tipling, Mark Carwardine, Lesley Wood, Toby Gibson and John Harrold
Award-winning photographer David Tipling has a passion for birds that shines through his artistic success; his work on Emperor Penguins won him the documentary award of the European Nature Photographer of the Year and one of his many books includes the best-selling RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography.
David is one of the most widely published wildlife photographers in the world, with Sir David Bellamy describing his images as "windows of wonder".
Currently he is working on a six year project documenting the cultural links of birds to people around the globe in association with author Mark Cocker, Random House Publishers and BirdLife International (a WLT partner). The focus of David’s exhibited work in the World Land Trust gallery are stunning images of owls.
Popular TV presenter and outspoken conservationist, Mark Carwardine is recognised as one of the world's 40 most influential nature photographers (Outdoor Photography magazine, 2010). Mark’s best-known TV appearance was co-presenting the popular six-part BBC2 television series Last Chance to See, with Stephen Fry.
Mark has an extensive collection of wildlife and conservation photographs, taken in more than 100 countries. His expertise saw him reside as Chairman of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, for the last seven years.
As a Council Member of WLT, Mark has been a long-term supporter of the Trust and our conservation work and has generously provided a set of prints to be sold in the World Land Trust gallery to raise funds for our projects.
Winning major awards for her animal and wildlife images, Lesley Wood specialises in fine art wildlife photography capturing the detailed beauty of the natural world – from tiny insects to large mammals, from her local Cheshire countryside to distant lands across the planet.
Lesley said: “Wildlife and Travel photography is extremely exciting and I consider it to be a real privilege when I visit a new photography location. I don’t just want to create beautiful art …. I also want to make a real difference by giving something back.”
As part of commitment to supporting conservation, Lesley releases special limited edition charity prints to help fund a local research project or conservation charity. Her latest limited edition print is generously supporting the work of WLT; for every sale of the Jewel of the Forest – a photograph (pictured above) of a Crimzon-rumped Toucanet that Lesley captured while trekking through cloud forest in Ecuador – WLT will receive £100 for our conservation projects across the world.
An Aquatic Biology graduate and experienced scuba diver, Toby Gibson is passionate about exploring the surreal beauty of our underwater world – from coral reefs in tropical seas to the eerie depths of Welsh quarries.
Toby is the former Web Manager for WLT, with over 10 years’ experience in website management and development, but recently embarked on a career change to follow his ambition to become a professional freelance photographer. He has been specialising in taking underwater images for over a decade and the selection of pictures being showcased at the World Land Trust gallery were photographed in the Galapagos Islands, Maldives and the Philippines.
During his trip to the Philippines, Toby stayed on Danjugan Island – the island that was saved thanks to donations d by WLT supporters – giving him first-hand experience of our partner’s conservation work on the ground. Through his photography, Toby highlights the beauty of the natural world while continuing to raise awareness about the need to protect it.
Local Suffolk-based naturalist, John Harrold is a scientific fellow of the Zoological Society of London and has an impressive history of active involvement with conservation groups, including the RSPB and local Wildlife Trusts. Awarded the Salzman Prize for fieldwork, John has a lifelong commitment to natural history and conservation.
Now retired, John spends as much of his time outdoors with his camera and has a particular interest in photographing insects. This passion for capturing the beauty of the natural world has led him to win many regional awards for his photography work.
- Find out more: www.worldlandtrust.org/gallery