Vital Impacts is a non-profit organization, which is led by award-winning photographer Ami Vitale and visual journalist Eileen Mignoni, that supports grassroots groups trying to protect people, wildlife, and habitats.
The organization announced its latest sales initiative that features 145 stunning images and composites that capture “both the beauty of nature as well as how we depend on it for our very survival.”
Internationally renowned photographers such as Steve McCurry, Beth Moon, Nick Brandt, and Joe McNally have also contributed photographs to the initiative.
Dr. Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, has contributed exclusive, autographed prints to the Vital Impacts Winter Collection sale.
They hope to raise $1 million to support endangered animals and habitats all over the world and sixty percent of the proceeds will be donated to Goodall’s non-profit organization Roots and Shoots and Vital Impacts’ grants and initiatives.
Furthermore, the organization just announced the Vital Impacts Environmental Photography mentoring and grant program.
Two $20,000 environmental photography grants are available to help support the development of a 12-month-long documentary project on an environmental issue.
The deadline for application is February 7 and will be awarded to two separate photographers who can demonstrate experience and a passion for reporting on topical environmental issues.
Recipients of the grants are required to document a local story rather than having to travel to a different country or region as a way of being more environmentally conscious.
There are also 50 mentorship opportunities available to the top 50 applicants of the environmental grant which consists of a monthly class led by leading environmental and photographic experts.
Vitale, who co-founded Vital Impacts, tells PetaPixel: “Our mission is to use photography to create empathy, awareness, and understanding; to help us see that the survival of the planet is intertwined with our own survival.
“As photographers, we have a huge opportunity to inform and influence change, but pressing the shutter is just the start. For an image to have significance, it needs to reach people.
“To this end, we are working to get the photographs of Vital Impacts photographers and our mentees into high-profile media and exhibitions around the world.”
More information on the Vital Impacts Winter Collection sale can be found on their website.
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