Zooming in on Conservation
Jenny E. Ross knows the power of a good image to help save the planet. Since 2000, she’s been using her immense talent as a nature photographer to draw attention to the importance of wildlife conservation and ecosystem protection.
A participant in conservation projects worldwide, Ross has photographed a humongous variety of wildlife species and ecosystems, from the African savannah to tropical rainforests to the Arctic. She’s especially enchanted with bears: For a number of years, she’s been collaborating with scientists studying and working to conserve the world’s eight bear species. Her long-term work documenting the natural history of polar bears and their plight in the face of global warming has led her to begin a book about the Arctic and the growing effects of climate change on the region’s ecosystems, wildlife, and people. She’s also writing a book and creating an exhibit on the history, problematic status, and uncertain future of California’s Salton Sea ecosystem, which is crucial wetland habitat for millions of birds and numerous imperiled species. In 2007 Ross received the Philip Hyde Award for Environmental Photography for her Salton Sea project. This year, she’s the winner of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Award for wildlife photography — thanks to her poignant photo of twin polar bear cubs curled together in a snow den.
Ross has been a great friend to the Center over the years, not only granting us the use of striking wildlife photographs but also providing several standing declarations for our polar bear litigation based on her observations and experiences in the Arctic.
“I feel an overwhelming obligation to make a personal contribution toward preserving the irreplaceable ecosystems and wildlife that we may soon lose forever,” Ross declares. “I strive to use photography as a tool to educate and inspire people regarding threatened ecosystems and wildlife . . . and to motivate action for conservation.”
Check out Ross’s work at her Web site.
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|Bald eagle © Robin Silver;
Jenny E. Ross © Anne Chadwick
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