BY SARAH LE, EPOCH TIMES, September 20, 2018
The couple, two award-winning photographers, focus their story on the elephant. However, they also pay tribute to other endangered species, such as the rhino, lion, cheetah, wild dog, the giraffe—even the whole of the natural world. The film grapples with the historic bond between humans and wildlife and how that relationship is changing, with unique and beautiful animals being widely slaughtered for their parts to sell on the black market, habitat destruction, and falling biodiversity.
You don’t just need to be a scientist to participate in Save The Elephants’ research. You also need to be passionate about the survival of elephants, and so today we are opening the doors to the Zooniverse. This is the perfect opportunity to release the budding conservationist in you, the part of you that has what it takes to be part of something BIG.
The search for water has been the life-sustaining quest for all beings. This photograph depicts the convergence of two groups – the Maasai herdsmen with their cattle and a herd of elephant – on a common watering hole.
NOTE: WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE COP21-PARIS 2015 EXHIBITION. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND SEE MORE EXTRAORDINARY WORK BY PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD: COP21 – PARIS 2015
ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE LEGACY–LUCIE FOUNDATION CURATES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE.
Curatorial Statement: Photography in the hands of great artists can transmit a visual message that can make an impact, like no other medium. A single still image is capable of saying something so profound that its effect is undeniably felt by all people. The artistic expression may be an individual one, but an image can be universally understood, and resonate around the world. The Lucie Awards is honored to have been asked to curate and present exceptional images that do just that.
For the UN Climate Change Legacy Exhibition, we have called upon renowned photographers who have dedicated their lives to documenting melting icebergs, drought, air, water, waste pollution and the undeniable effects these things have had on our planet. It is a condensed, compassionate plea, through their lenses, of the effects of climate change.
Their images may be startlingly beautiful, which can complicate the horrific message they convey, but look beyond the amazing artistry and try to understand the subliminal ideas within these framed works. Bravo to these brilliant image-makers who challenge us with their documentary record of what is taking place. It has been a privilege to curate their works for the COP21. We have been humbled by their clarity and consistent endeavour to keep shouting to the world to do something. READ MORE
Hossein Farmani, Chair, The Lucie Awards, Susan Baraz, Co-Chair, The Lucie Awards
by Lysander Christo, Writer/Photographer. Age 12
Silent steps of evolution, highest height of all the world.
Of all the world a graceful trot,
so fast, yet so slow through the savannah,
where the elephants trumpet and blow.
Your long purple tongue so strong, and so speechless
you eat the thorns of a tree of a foliage,
that resembles barbed wire fence.
If you could speak, you would tell us,
the ways of living in peace, with no menacing gaze.
If you could speak, my friend, you would tell us
how to revive ourselves, or what we have done.
We have blackened the earth and sullied our air,
we have killed your friends,
for nothing but the triumph of money
and the triumph of cash, no matter
who we are deep inside, we’re sorry for this.
Despite the commandments, despite the laws,
we have done what we wish and transformed
rainforests to deserts and savannahs to dust,
we have escaped the laws of nature,
the true laws that keep all animals from destroying the earth.
From your unjudging heights
you look down upon us.
You see so much that you know the answers,
you are the messenger of knowledge itself. You are the mighty giraffe.
Published Nov. 29, 2017: BIODIVERSITY.ORG
September, 13 2016 by Cyril Christo
Poachers might come by helicopter from across the border in Namibia or neighboring Zambia looking for the last great population of the world’s elephant. Botswana is the last outpost and the last great wildlife frontier on the planet. Dare we lose Botswana and we lose a cornerstone of the planet! READ MORE
IN PREDATORY LIGHT: Lions, Tigers, and Polar Bears by Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson. In Predatory Light is a superb tribute to the striking beauty of this trio of almost mythic creatures. Dramatic duotone images by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson. This book awakens us to the truth of what we are losing. It is a photographic poem, a cry, a prayer.