Press about "Prints for Wildlife" 2021
The African Insider
Australian Photography Magazine
One of the largest photo print fundraisers returns: PRINTS FOR WILDLIFE is coming back with over 170+ globally renowned photographers supporting conservation
After raising US$660,200 in 2020 for non-profit African Parks, "Prints for Wildlife” is returning in 2021 with even more photographers & prints on offer
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, “Prints for Wildlife” became a pioneering print fundraiser and one of 2020‘s most hopeful conservation stories. Over 120 acclaimed and emerging international wildlife photographers came together for an unprecedented print fundraiser to support local communities and wildlife in some of Africa’s most important protected areas. Together they raised US$660,200 by selling over 6,500 unique wildlife prints within just 30 days.
With the continuation of COVID-19 travel restrictions, local economies and conservation efforts across Africa remain under pressure. That’s why Prints for Wildlife co-founders Marion Payr and Pie Aerts are reuniting to bring back their successful print fundraiser to once again support African Parks, a conservation non-profit that manages 19 parks in 11 countries on behalf of Governments in Africa for the benefit of local communities and wildlife.
This year Prints for Wildlife is returning larger than before!
170+ photographers, 170+ outstanding limited edition art prints and one united goal: To raise a million dollars for conservation
The second edition of Prints for Wildlife brings together over 170+ photographers, including some of the most respected and visionary wildlife photographers in the world alongside emerging talent from developing nations, with a focus on promoting greater diversity and inclusivity in the wildlife photography industry.
Campaign launch on 11th of July 2021
The second edition of the limited “Prints for Wildlife” sale will be open from July 11th to August 11th 2021 – featuring 150+ photos from acclaimed wildlife photographers such as Steve Winter, Beverly Joubert, Ami Vitale, Brent Stirton, Clement Kiragu and David Lloyd. Following the same format as the first edition, each of the more than 170 photographers will donate one fine art print to the fundraiser, which will be sold for US$100 through the online shop „Prints for Wildlife”.
The impact of “Prints for Wildlife”: Communities & wildlife
The first edition of Prints for Wildlife in 2020 generated over US$660,200 in print sales. 100% of the proceeds after printing and handling were donated to African Parks to support their conservation efforts in managing 19 parks spanning 14.7 million hectares, which is the largest amount of area under conservation by any one NGO in Africa. Managed effectively, these vital natural landscapes safeguard biodiversity and support human wellbeing, delivering clean air and water, food security, carbon sequestration, livelihoods and healthcare.
This critical revenue in the midst of a global pandemic helped sustain the impact of African Parks in 2020:
- 108,579 people have received healthcare in and around the parks
- 105 schools have been built and supported and 752 scholarships have been provided
- 3,219 full-time staff, of which 95% are local, under employment
- 1,064 rangers ensured safe spaces for people and wildlife
- COVID-19 response: 135,800 people reached through awareness campaigns, 65,000 masks and 5,000 litres of soap distributed, 630 handwashing stations installed
To learn more about Prints for Wildlife, follow us on Instagram (@printsforwildlife), sign up for the newsletter on www.printsforwildlife.org and be sure to visit the online shop on launch day, July 11th 2021.
Quotes & comments by Prints for Wildlife founders
“The key to conservation is putting people at the heart of the solution. This is done through community programs supporting health, education, job security, and sustainable livelihoods. African Parks, and their community-first approach to conservation, is ensuring that the protected areas under their management are safe places where wildlife 'and' people can flourish. And in safe places, magical things can happen. Therefore, choosing African Parks as our partner for this campaign was a no-brainer.” - Pie Aerts (Co-Founder Prints for Wildlife)
“Last year’s incredible success of Prints for Wildlife came as a much needed reminder, that - even in times of crisis - humanity can come together to spread hope and do good for our planet. Wildlife conservation has now found a place in the hearts of people and with the stunning art of all the generous photographers at the walls of thousands of homes across the globe. That’s why we decided it’s time to come back and create even more awareness and joy, while COVID-19 is still putting a lot of pressure on Africa’s conservation efforts.” - Marion Payr (Co-Founder Prints for Wildlife)
“We are beyond excited to be entering into a second Prints for Wildlife print sale to benefit our work at African Parks” said Andrea Heydlauff, CMO of African Parks. “Prints for Wildlife is a unique endeavour, that sees some of the world’s leading wildlife photographers come together in an inspiring and energetic fashion. They are able to mobilise their own networks and give people the chance to really make a difference, by purchasing extraordinary prints while raising significant funds for people and wildlife across Africa”. Andrea Heydlauff (Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for African Parks)
Notes to Editors
The organisers, various photographers and representatives from African Parks are available for interviews.
About Marion Payr
Marion Payr (Instagram: @ladyvenom) is a travel photographer based in Austria. At the centre of Marions work stands a dedication to the art of traveling, which unites us globally and acts as a driving force for cultural understanding and conservation. She believes in the power of imagery to convey these values to future generations. Marion dedicates much of her career to female empowerment, believing an equal representation of voices & images supports a vision of a united world in the spirit of togetherness. After not being able to travel to Africa in 2020 she returned to Kenya first thing in 2021 and talked to local conservation managers and tourism officials about the issues they are facing due to COVID-19. This has furthered her desire to launch another edition of “Prints for Wildlife”.
About Pie Aerts
Pie Aerts (@pie_aerts) is a Dutch documentary and wildlife photographer with a sincere interest in human/wildlife conflict stories. Through his lens, he examines the intricate relationship between animals, humans and nature and, as we become increasingly distant from each other and ourselves, he uses photography to search for the cause of this disconnect. He believes art can be an incredibly powerful tool in restoring that lost connection and therefore founded Prints for Wildlife in march 2020. Since the international outbreak of COVID-19 Pie traveled to Kenya 3 times to work on his new collection Umoja, 4ort he4ing his personal relationship with the Kenyan landscape. Pie serves as a Canon EMEA ambassador and as Hahnemühle Natural Line Ambassador.
About African Parks
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility 4ort he rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 19 national parks and protected areas covering over 14.7 million hectares in 11 countries: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. For more information visit www.africanparks.org, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
Press about "Prints for Wildlife" 2020
Notes to Editors