The Conservation Photography of Daniel Beltra From the tropics to the polar seas to the Gulf oil spill
Daniel Beltra’, 2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, will show and discuss his work documenting the perilous fate of the world’s most delicate and endangered ecosystems at 7:00pm on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Hotel 43 in downtown Boise.
For the past 22 years the Spanish-born, Seattle-based photographer has documented tropical rainforest destruction in Indonesia, Africa and the Amazon basin; global warming in Antarctica and the Arctic; and the Gulf Oil Spill, among other projects. Beltra’s image, “Still life in Oil,” showing brown pelicans coated in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, won the Natural History Museum’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2011. This year he was nominated for the Prix Pictet. A member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Beltra has also won the Prince’s Rainforest Project award, the Global Vision Award from the Pictures of the Year International, and the Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year. His images, many shot on assignment for Greenpeace, have been exhibited worldwide and appear in magazines around the globe.
He frequently works from the air, shooting aerial images which juxtapose nature and the destruction wrought by unsustainable development.
Beltra was born in Madrid, Spain, and studied forestry and biology before taking up photography, covering the bombings by the Basque separatist organization ETA. He later joined the Gamma agency, eventually moving to Seattle where he has focused almost exclusively on documenting the human impact on the planet.
Beltra’s presentation is sponsored by the Mountain West chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers & the ASMP Foundation. In addition to addressing the conservation concerns of his work, Beltra will discuss his photographic process and approach.