Penguins are perfect ambassadors for the most important conservation issues facing the world’s marine ecosystems. So the Penguin World project is sending an elite group of conservation photographers into the field to tell the stories of all 18 species of penguin. We will share images of the birds’ often challenging environments, their intriguing behavior, above and below the water, and the issues that threaten their future. Some of our expeditions need further support, so please help if you can.
Our goals for the photo expeditions are as follows:
1. To show how the issues that threaten the health of our oceans also threaten penguins
2. To share incredible and intimate images of all 18 species of penguin, their ecology and behavior
3. To visit every penguin species over the course of the project
4. To work closely with researchers, scientists and penguin conservationists when it is possible
5. To adopt practices during all expeditions that ensure minimal environmental impact
6. To use our images to highlight the threats to oceans through articles, books, exhibitions etc
WHERE WE GO?
Penguins live in some of the most remote and challenging parts of the world. Our expeditions will take us to Antarctica (the peninsula and ice), South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador (the Galapagos Islands), Tristan da Cunha, South Africa, Australia (including Macquarie Island) and New Zealand (including all sub-Antarctic islands). We are now planing Penguin World expeditions for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Below you can see more information about these expeditions, and on some of them we welcome you to join.
HOW TO SUPPORT?
It’s expensive to travel to remote islands in the Southern Oceans, so we’re very grateful to our partners and donors who fund these essential operations. To build a visual overview of the 18 penguin species and the issues affecting them and our ocean’s health, we are planning many photo expeditions coming years. We’re now looking for new partners to help us to complete all of our expeditions. Please get in touch if you can help or if you want to participate in one of the expeditions.
The Galapagos islands are among the most interesting destinations for wildlife photographers, nature lovers and biologists. It is also one of the places where El Niño hits hard and with big consequences. In 2016 a new severe El Niño is building up in the Pacific Ocean, which might cause sea temperature to rise 2+ degrees Celsius. Last time this happened (1997-98) 65% of the Galapagos penguins died. The Galapagos penguins are breeding in western areas in the archipelago and are the most northern penguin species in the world. It also has the smallest population, with less than 1000 breeding pairs left on the planet. With a serious El Niño season coming up this species might be on the brink of extiction.
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN A PHOTO EXPEDITION TO GALAPAGOS IN APRIL-MAY 2016, WHERE WE WILL VISIT AND PHOTOGRAPH PENGUINS AND OTHER WILDLIFE.
Main partner: WILDPHOTO TRAVEL