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ICP Awards: Nature’s Fragile Bounty

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2010 International  Conservation Photography Awards Gallery

After a successful three-month run, the 2010 International Conservation Photography (ICP) Awards ended in early September at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture in Seattle. The stunning 2010 exhibit, which drew appreciative crowds, showed off this year’s winning images from the program begun in 1997 by renowned nature photographer and Seattle native Art Wolfe. The Burke’s participation represents a major milestone in the evolution of the biennial ICP Awards program. 

More than 300 photographers submitted approximately 1,500 images for consideration by judges, including a representative from Getty Images and other photography and design professionals. The new category this year, “Community at Risk,” addressing humankind’s negative impact on the urban environment, proved to be one of the most popular. (To see the entire exhibit gallery, visit the ICP Awards website at icpawards.com.)

Known for his passionate advocacy of the environment, Wolfe began the competition with an eye toward international participation. The 2010 awards met that goal, not only by attracting the photographers from more than 10 countries, but through the world-class exhibit at the Burke Museum. 

Each biennium the ICP Awards strives to increase its reach and influence to photographers from around the world, as well as to diverse audiences who will be inspired by the work. 

Professional and emerging nature and environmental photographers should begin planning for the 2012 program. The final selections will again be exhibited at the Burke Museum in the summer of 2012. An exciting further development is that the Burke will arrange to tour the top 25 to 30 images to various museums throughout the country in 2013.

A call for entries for the 2012 ICP competition will begin in the fall of 2011. Please watch icpawards.com for continued contest information.



The ICP Awards’ mission is:  To harness the potential of amateur and professional photographers around the world who are not yet involved in environmental and cultural conservation. To recognize and reward excellence in conservation photography. To educate, inspire and motivate the public through a photographic exhibition that will create a sense of urgency and move people to take action.

Thank you to our 2010 sponsors: Microsoft Icons of Imaging, Canon, Epson, Getty Images, Art Wolfe, Inc., PhotoMedia magazine, The Washington Environmental Council, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and The International League of Conservation Photographers. With support from The Bullitt Foundation and Blue Earth Alliance.

Randy Woods
Story Author: Randy Woods

Randy Woods, editor of PhotoMedia, has been in the magazine publishing world for more than 20 years, covering such varied topics as photography, insurance, business startups, environmental issues and newspaper publishing. He is also associate editor for iSixSigma magazine and writes a job—search blog for The Seattle Times called “Hire Ground.”

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