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Blue Earth photographer Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele have been busy this past year in Africa working on variety of projects including traveling with scientists collecting climate data.

“‘Most conservation science today isn’t ambitious enough,’ says Conservation International’s Sandy Andelman. ‘We are informing battles, but we are not providing the knowledge needed, at the scale needed, to win the war.’ To meet this challenge, Conservation International, the Earth Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation envision a monitoring network that combines ecological, agricultural and socioeconomic data from around the world. The approach is similar to TEAM’s biodiversity monitoring, but the focus is ecosystem services and the scale is huge: 400 sites within two or three years.”

Learn more about their work in Tanzania on this project and check out a gallery of new images on their website.

- Bart J. Cannon, Executive Director
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Conservation Photography As Pedagogy

Blue Earth project photographer Bruce Farnsworth has just published a new article “Conservation Photography as Environmental Education: Focus on the Pedagogues” in the journal Environmental Education Research (subscription required). In the article, he explores “the genre of conservation photography” as a “legitimate and highly relevant pedagogical enterprise.”

The study orients to the educational potential of photographs, recommends visual literacy training for teachers and suggests strategies for the discursive use of photographs in environmental education. Conservation photographers offer models for increased eco-visual-scientific literacy, superb resources for student engagement and new paths for community-based ecological education and research.

Our thanks to Bruce for continuing his research highlighting the important work being done by documentary, conservation photographers and contributing to our field!

- Bart J. Cannon, Executive Director
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