Photography Exhibition Highlights International Wildlife Trade & Endangered Species

Wild and Precious‘ is a new international photography exhibition and publication launched to mark the 40th anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the 16th Conference of the Parties to CITES in Bangkok, featuring images of  vibrantly-coloured snakes, predatory sharks, and delicate orchids amongst other fauna and flora.

Laurent Baheux / Wild & Precious

Face to face with a rhinoceros, Kenya © Laurent Baheux / Wild & Precious, by GoodPlanet, CITES and UNEP.

 

The photographs aim to draw attention to the trade in flowers, horn, skins and fins which is major factor is the endangered status of many of the plants and animals featured in the exhibition. It is expected that the exhibition will be held in international airports worldwide, with the aim of encouraging the world’s citizens to think and act responsibly regarding trade in animal and plants.
Seven of the world’s most renowned nature photographers have taken part in the ‘Wild and Precious’ initiative organized by the GoodPlanet Foundation to celebrate the achievements of CITES.

 

Whale Shark, Mexico Brian Slerry

Whale Shark, Mexico © Brian Slerry / Wild & Precious, by GoodPlanet, CITES and UNEP.

Serapias lingua in the National Park of Gargano, Italia © Sandra Bartocha

Serapias lingua in the National Park of Gargano, Italia © Sandra Bartocha / Wild & Precious, by GoodPlanet, CITES and UNEP.

 

The WILD & PRECIOUS exhibition, in collaboration with CITES and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), features contributions by renowned photographers Laurent Baheux, Sandra Bartocha, Heidi and Hans-Jurgen Koch, Mark Laita, Brian Skerry and Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
The WILD & PRECIOUS book contains 192 pages of success stories on species conservation from across the world. It highlights the threats facing the survival of certain species and outlines some key conservation solutions. The book is divided into six chapters, each covering a specific conservation issue and illustrated by full-page pictures. The text is written by the GoodPlanet Foundation, a French NGO founded by photographer and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

 

Raja Ampat Archipelago, West Papua, Indonesia © Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Raja Ampat Archipelago, West Papua, Indonesia © Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Altitude / Wild & Precious, by GoodPlanet, CITES and UNEP.

 

The book and exhibition carry a positive message of hope. It is not too late to tackle illegal wildlife trade and promote the sustainable use of nature which provides the livelihoods necessary to encourage communities to support endangered species and their habitats.

Source: UNEP. Photos used with kind permission of the GoodPlanet Foundation.

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