Remembering Wildlife is the collective name for the series of books created by British wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, who was prompted to take action after seeing a poached elephant in Northern Kenya in 2014. She began asking fellow wildlife photographers if they would contribute to a fundraising book. Their response was unanimous and Remembering Elephants, by ‘Wildlife Photographers United’ was published in September 2016 with images donated by 65 of the world’s top wildlife photographers.
Margot’s mission is to create the most beautiful books on a species ever made and then, sell those books to raise awareness of the plight facing that species and funds to protect it. Her work is made possible by the generous donation of images by many of the world’s best wildlife photographers including Steve Winter, Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting and Jonathan & Angela Scott.
The follow up to the highly acclaimed Remembering Elephants, once again Remembering Rhinos comprises images generously donated by many of the world’s best wildlife photographers, each of which is united in their desire to make a stand against poaching. Remembering Rhinos is published by Wildlife Photographers United and is available to order online at rememberingwildlife.com with 100% of the book's proceeds going directly towards the fight against poaching.
Dr Andrew Muir and Abagail Gardiner of Wilderness Foundation Africa attended the Remembering Rhinos Exhibition launch at the Royal Geographical Society in London last night. The exhibition was introduced by Will Travers OBE of the Born Free Foundation, compered by Margot Raggett, and featured talks by Johan Marais of Saving The Survivors and former Wildlife Photographer of the Year Steve Winter.
The exhibition runs from 10am-5pm daily until Saturday 11th November 2017.
Wilderness Foundation Africa is proud to be one of the beneficiaries of Remembering Rhinos. Funds will be directed to the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative, with a focus on the Wildlife Operations Group and aerial support at game reserves in order to reduce incidents of rhino poaching.
Below are a few items which were auctioned at the launch last night.
David Lloyd, 100cm signed, framed image
David Lloyd is a wildlife photographer originally from New Zealand but now living in London. David has won multiple awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards (including this year placing as a finalist in the Mammals category where his elephant portrait is being used in their promotion for this year’s exhibition). This photo is of the most famous rhino in the Maasai Mara who was called Karanja. Karanja died a few years ago now of a natural old age and this is arguably one of the most iconic images of him ever taken.
Heat & Dust by Gary Hodges
Award winning wildlife artist Gary Hodges has specially embellished this Heat & Dust print for Remembering Rhinos. The edition sold out in 1996. This is no ordinary print as Gary has just spent six hours adding thousands of carefully placed pencil strokes to make it quite unique and more like an original drawing. It is the extra special number 1/850, making it even more collectable still. Gary is the UK’s best selling and most collectable pencil artist. Over 130 different editions have been published from his drawings, with all but 11 sold out. Through his art nearly one million pounds has been given back to protect the wildlife he feels so passionate about. Gary has been a great supporter and friend of Born Free for the past 28 years and the innovative 'Remembering Wildlife' project since it's inception.
Hilary Hann, 100cm signed, framed image
Hilary Hann is an Australian photo-artist with a beautiful and unique processing style. Here is how she describes her work:
"My camera is just the starting point to achieve my final goal. The processing of the raw file is the most important part of turning what I saw into what I felt. I use texture layers, often indiscernible to the viewer, which alter the way the light appears to fall on the subject. Some textures are more obvious as they become an integral part of the image emphasising character and bringing an aged feel to the artwork. Most images have a base structure which remains unchanged during the optimising process, however, some have components to them to stress a point or to re-enact an observed scene. All these elements are required to turn a factual, documented scene into one which has a spirit and life of its own. " She has won multiple awards for her work and it is highly collectible.
Jan van der Greef, 100cm signed, framed image
Jan van der Greef was born in the Netherlands and grew up peacefully until a polio virus hit him at the age of four, leaving him paralysed. But even from that age nature had a strong pull on him and it has guided him to remote places all over the world, despite being constrained to a wheelchair. He is internationally recognized in his profession as a life scientist, as well as being an award-winning nature photographer. His photography focuses on connectivity, capturing the essence of nature and the emotional experience.
This image was taken in Marataba in South Africa. It shows white rhinoceros gathering at a drinking pool just after sunset, while the full moon is rising, with a magnificent pink coloured sky and the Waterberg Mountains in the background.
Michael Poliza, 100cm signed, framed image
After a career as IT & Internet entrepreneur, Poliza started a 3 year multimedia and environmental awareness Expedition on a ship around the world. After settling in Cape Town in 2002 and cruising the plains of Africa, Michael quickly became a world-renowned Wildlife & Adventure photographer. His huge coffee table books are sold in over 70 countries. This image, signed by him, was taken in Lake Nakuru in Kenya. Here’s his description of it:
“Rhinoceros bulls mark the boundaries of their territory with their own personal scent. If another bull intrudes, the ensuing fights are not always merely for show. The bulls charge each other with their horns pointed forward, sometimes resulting in gaping wounds.”
Jonathan Truss & Federico Veronesi collaboration
This is a special collaboration for Remembering Rhinos between two wonderful artists and a unique, one-off painting for someone to add to their collection.
Jonathan Truss is one of the UK’s leading wildlife artists, He has twice won the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Frozen Planet category, as well as having been an Artist and Illustrator Artist of the year finalist and editors choice winner for Wildscape magazine professional category. He was a DSWF wildlife artist of the year finalist 4 years in a row.
Federico Veronesi is an award-winning wildlife photographer and also the photographer behind the cover image of Remembering Elephants. Jonathan Truss & Federico Veronesi collaboration
Marsel van Oosten, 100cm signed, framed image
Marsel van Oosten is from The Netherlands and another award-winning professional nature photographer. In his work he says he tries to simplify, to get rid of the extraneous: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Here’s how he describes this image which has also been signed by him:
This is a closeup of a white rhino. I was sitting on the ground next to our 4x4 when this rhino walked closer and closer. It came so close that I was able to get this shot with a 70-200 lens. I was fascinated when I saw the flies drinking from what was essentially a waterhole for them.
Contributing Photographers for Remembering Rhinos are as follows:
Theo Allofs, Andrew Aveley, Daryl Balfour, Stephen Belcher, Will Burrard-Lucas, Marina Cano, Ayesha Cantor, Mark Carwadine, David Cayless, Vladimír Čech Jr., Peter Chadwick, Marius Coetzee, Shem Compion, Alain Compost, Keith Connelly, Rob Cottle, Ross Couper, Willem Dekker, Peter Delaney, Michel Denis-Huot, Anja Denker, Mark Dumbleton, Morkel Erasmus, Denise Eriksson, Paul Goldstein, Chris Grech, Neil Aldridge, Jan van der Greef, Todd Gustafson, Hilary Hann, Roger Hooper, Britta Jaschinski, Brendon Jennings, Frans Lanting, David Lloyd, George Logan, Piper Mackay, Thomas Mangelsen, Johan Marais, Mike Muizebelt, Elliot Neep, Heinrich Neumeyer, Nick Newman, Hilary O'Leary, Marsel Van Oosten, Pete Oxford, Richard Peters, Michael Poliza, Isak Pretorius, Margot Raggett, Gurcharan Roopra, Angie Scott, William Steel, Jonas Stenqvist, James Suter, Greg du Toit, Marlon du Toit, Steve & Ann Toon, Hendri Ventner, Federico Veronesi, Tom Way, James Warwick, Shannon Wild, Steve Winter, Art Wolfe.
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