INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHERS INC

aka ILCP   |   Arlington , VA   |  www.ConservationPhotographers.org

Mission

iLCP's mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. Our programs are built on the participation and contributions of our 100+ Fellows, an elite group of the world's top wildlife and nature photographers who, in addition to displaying remarkable photographic skills, have each demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Susan Norton

Main address

4600 N. Fairfax Drive

Arlington , VA 22203 USA

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EIN

27-1455999

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Conservation Photography Expeditions

Our Conservation Photography Expeditions connect local, national or international non-profit organizations - our Conservation Partners - with one or more of our Fellow Photographers. The objective of these intensive documentary efforts is to produce a body of images that fully captures the threats and opportunities faced by communities whose physical environments, animal or plant populations, and/or cultural traditions are being impacted, both positively and negatively, by human activity. Expeditions run for one to three weeks, may include one to half a dozen photographers, and be conducted anywhere around the world.

Population(s) Served

iLCP Image Licensing offers highly personalized image selection and curatorial services to non-profit conservation organizations and environmental publications so they may use high quality, ethically sourced imagery that supports their mission and story. To a great degree, large online stock image agencies cannot vouch for how the images in their galleries were taken, leaving open the chance that they were manipulated or that the animals and people depicted may have been mistreated or mishandled in order to "get the shot". iLCP stands behind each of our image bank images and guarantee that they were ethical sourced and produced. For conservation groups that advocate with their stakeholders and donors about their responsibilities in protect natural resources, it is imperative that their own internal supply chains uphold these standards.

Population(s) Served

Our signature public event is WiLDSPEAK, a two-day annual symposium in Washington DC that offers presentations, discussions, learning, and inspiration with some of the world's leading nature and wildlife photographers, filmmakers, scientists, newsmakers, and conservation organizations. During these two days, we explore how visual media can best contribute to impactful science communications and positive conservation outcomes all around the globe. For more information: www.WiLDSPEAK.org.

In addition to the DC Signature WiLDSPEAK event, we bring the WiLDSPEAK program to other cities and countries in partnership with a local host organization. These WiLDSPEAK @ events help to educate new audiences about the role of visual media in conservation while providing a fascinating and engaging program that appeals to a wide range of audiences.

Population(s) Served

The ELP is a three year mentorship program that is designed to support early career photographers who display inherent natural talent and significant promise in conservation photography. ELPs are still establishing themselves as professional photographers and have demonstrated that they would benefit significantly from access to iLCP Fellows, Affiliates, and the broader iLCP network in order to advance their photographic careers and conservation outcomes.

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of national media pieces on the topic

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Print and online articles on environmental and conservation photography topics are critical to increase iLCP's leverage and highlight standard bearer status. We began tracking this metric in 2015.

Number of Facebook followers

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Increasing

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Facebook is an important platform for iLCP to get information about the work of our Fellows and our partners to the public. It is a also a key platform from which to direct the public to other media,

Number of Twitter followers

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Twitter is an important platform for iLCP to get information about the work of our Fellows and our partners to the public. It is a also a key platform from which to direct the public to other media,

Number of Instagram followers

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Direction of Success

Increasing

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iLCP started its Instagram account in 2015.

Number of conference attendees

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Related Program

WiLDSPEAK Symposia

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Attendees to WiLDSPEAK event(s) which began in Washington DC in 2015. In 2015 and 2016, iLCP hosted one WiLDSPEAK in each year.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We have a variety of goals, all of which are driven by our mission of furthering environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography.

1) Produce and support the production of high quality, ethically sourced imagery for conservation outcomes.
2) Use and encourage the use of said imagery by conservation groups around the world.
3) Impart the need for ethical considerations in the taking of wildlife and nature images by both professional and amateur photographers alike.
4) Inspire anyone with a camera, fancy or cell phone, to think about using their photography to promote the conservation of our planet's precious natural resources.
5) Provide a supportive, nurturing and collaborative community for professional conservation photographers through which they can advance their own careers and help their peers do the same.

To achieve the objectives described, we rely on a well coordinated program and network of online and printed press outlets, social media platforms, and in person events. Each of these options is used in the most appropriate optimal manner to advance the learning and sharing we aim to achieve with our audiences.

To communicate and inspire general audiences about critical conservation campaigns supported by our expeditions and the work of our Fellow Photographers we generate materials for press articles such as with the National Geographic Voices blog; our growing social media avenues of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; public presentations at conferences like our own WiLDSPEAK and others; and exhibits - both print and digital - at formal events or in public spaces.

We use the same outlets, but with different narratives and content, to educate and inspire the photography community to practice ethical behavior in the field and in processing their images as well as to support the development of a thriving professional conservation photography community.

Our staff, though small, is experienced in the management and promotion of visual imagery and events. Our biggest asset however by far is the profile and quality of the photographers who are part of our Fellowship.

Fellowship in iLCP is reserved for a small group of professional conservation photographers, the very best of photographers of this type, and is only granted after a highly rigorous application process that admits just 3 to 5 photographers each year. To be accepted, photographers must demonstrate refined talent, expertise, and an understanding of editorial/communications/educational considerations and priorities through their work, and exhibit a high standard of professionalism and ethics. They must be recognized by their peers as accomplished in terms of the quality and relevance of their photography, their ability to deliver compelling visual stories on-demand, and in their engagement with conservation campaigns. Finally, they must be professionally engaged on a regular and ongoing basis with conservation organizations and media outlets in creating awareness of conservation priorities for policy-makers and the public at large.

In short, our Fellows are our "army" of talent, and though none works exclusively with iLCP, we can pull them in at any time based on their areas of expertise and particular areas of knowledge, and specific talents.

No other organization in the world can boast of such a high quality level of membership and as such, iLCP is uniquely poised to meet the objectives we have laid out.

Over the last two years, we have made great strides in increasing our performance on all of our impact measures and will continue to focus on these.

Areas where we see currently great opportunities for advancement are two fold.

First, WiLDSPEAK in DC has just completed its second year as of December 2016. We have in our strategic objectives the goal of replicating this event at similar scale or smaller (1 days event for example) with host partners in other cities and countries. In 2017 we hope to hold at least one such event - a WiLDSPEAK @ - possibly in San Francisco. If successful in this effort, we hope to continue to grow this platform to hosting 2 or 3 additional WiLDSPEAK @ events annually, over and above the marquis event that happens annually in Washington DC.

Our second focus area for expansion is in large scale exhibits that utilize not only the imagery of our Fellows, but also of the public in an initiative called 1Frame4Nature that will be launched in early 2017. In this effort we aim to highlight how all people, everywhere around the world are all connected through nature. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat unite us to care for the one world we all rely on. We hope to encourage the public at large to share their pictures and stories of their personal connection to nature and what they are doing to care for the one world we all inhabit. This effort will be a first foray into a large scale visual media crowd-sourcing campaign and if successful, should lead to future campaigns of this nature.

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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHERS INC

Board of directors
as of 5/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Buffy Redsecker

SunLight Time Foundation

Term: 2012 - 2019

John Harrington

John Harrington Photography

Jim Dougherty

Law Offices of James B. Dougherty

Connie Bransilver

iLCP

Jeffrey Dorman

Farallon Institute

John Nuhn

National Wildlife Federation

Richard Steinberg

High Tower Advisors

Declan Moore

Rob Lee

Peter Chadwick

Conservation Photographer & Conservationist

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No