British biologist Pete Oxford has lived in Ecuador for 30 years and works in partnership with his wife Reneé Bish as a tour-leading team specializing in wildlife and indigenous cultures. A Founding Fellow of the iLCP, Oxford has been named the 2015 Ranger Rick Photographer of the Year and the 2015 Ecuadorian Photojournalist of the Year, and has been published in National Geographic, Time, BBC Wildlife, Ranger Rick and more. He’s the author of 12 books, each with a strong conservation message.
“I’m much more a conservationist than a photographer, but I use imagery to convey the need for conservation,” said Oxford. “My main area of conservation has been the Ecuadorian Amazon, where I lived as a guide for three years, particularly the Yasuni National Park (four books, including ‘Yasuni, Tiputini and the Web of Life’ with a foreword by E.O. Wilson, and ‘Spirit of the Huaorani’ with a foreword by Trudie Styler and Sting). I also lived in the Galapagos three years as a naturalist guide (three books, including ‘Galapagos, Both Sides of the Coin’ with a foreword by HRH Prince Philip). Presently, I’m ‘going back to my roots’ and becoming ever-increasingly involved in marine conservation where I see a huge need to affect change. I also, however, have a strong focus on Indigenous cultures, trying at least to portray their way of life in order to help raise their profile.”
Oxford will speak on the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, the extreme levels of biodiversity, and the importance of and the threats to the park from 9:35 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
WiLDspeak—A Symposium on Photography, Conservation & Communications
November 16, 2015—Washington D.C.