Sergio Izquierdo is one of many highly anticipated presenters who will explore how photography and video are impacting conservation efforts around the globe at the International League of Conservation Photographers’ WILDspeak Symposium, November 15 & 16, 2016, in Washington D.C.
A wildlife and conservation photographer originally from Guatemala, Sergio Izquierdo has traveled the globe, and numerous expeditions have led him to some of the more remote areas around the world where his passion is the driving force behind his photography. “As a photographer, I like to photograph not only the beauty of what nature’s wildlife is about, but the way society is affecting our environment so I can raise awareness and promote the change,” he says.
Most recently, Izquierdo participated in an expedition that documented plastic pollution on the North Atlantic Ocean. “I’ve photographed the issue in many countries around the American continent,” he explains. “I’ve been on two expeditions with 5Gyres.org to document the plastic pollution in the oceans. One expedition was sailing from Bermuda to Iceland and the other one from Bermuda to New York. This made me want to create an NGO [non-governmental organization] called ‘Rescue the Planet’ (rescuetheplanet.org), and I became an activist addressing this problem in Central America. I also help different NGOs in Guatemala—internationals like WWF and locals like ABIMA, Defensores de la Naturaleza and so on—with my work on projects regarding endangered species like the almost extinct subspecies Ara Macao, or scarlet macaw. There´s a different subspecies in South America that isn’t endangered, but here there are only about 400 macaws in the wild between México, Guatemala and Belize.”
At WILDSpeak, Izquierdo will be joined by explorer, filmmaker and conservationist Trip Jennings, and iLCP Board Member Shari Sant Plummer as moderator, to discuss “OurFish—An App for Managing Small Scale Fisheries.” The use of this app was recently documented during a conservation photographic expedition to Belize and Honduras conducted by the iLCP and the Smithsonian Institution Research Station. The state of marine plastics in the Bay Islands was also documented in partnership with Think Beyond Plastics. This is sure to be a fascinating and sobering panel discussion on the current state of our oceans.
To learn more about Sergio Izquierdo and to view his photography, visit www.sergioizquierdo.com.
WiLDspeak—A Symposium on Photography, Conservation & Communications
November 15 & 16, 2016
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, NW Washington D.C. 20005