Communicate and WildPhotos both occurred at the end of last month; two greatly inspiring events.
WildPhotos showcases the work of the world’s best wildlife photographers. The event included a keynote speech by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols; discussing his life achievements as a photographer for National Geographic. His presentation featured a run down of the stunning redwood panorama which appeared in October’s National Geographic , composed of 83 images.
Another highlight for me was Danny Green’s look at black and white wildlife photography. Having won the B&W category in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Danny discussed how incredible detail and textures can be masked by colour and brought out with the use of greyscale.
Communicate reflects WildPhotos in many respects, with science communication being the main theme. The annual conference investigates how NGO’s and environment-themed organisations can more effectively reach out to the public. Reflected upon as the most successful instalment in the conference’s 6 year history by Jo Gipps, the Bristol Natural History Consortium Chair, it would certainly seem the case that today’s society could do with more events of a similar tack.
Andrew Jackson, the new head of the BBC Natural History Unit, delivered a keynote talk. Some refreshing ideas were heard, providing a hugely insightful glimpse into what could be in store for the NHU. Other discussions examined whether the term biodiversity is too inaccessible to the general public and a dissection of the current state of science reporting in mainstream media.
On a side note, I’ve recently started working with naturalist and broadcaster Ed Drewitt in the creation of a showreel to display his work. We’re in pre-production at the moment; more on this soon!