There’s only a few weeks left to get your orders into the Prints for Wildlife initiative, with the lion’s share (excuse pun) of the proceeds going to African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks, in partnership with governments and local communities in Africa.
Over 170 renowned wildlife photographers from around the world have contributed prints for the project. They are for sale at US$100 each, with a flat rate of US$10 for delivery anywhere in the world. Buy three or more prints and delivery is free. Contributing photographers include Ami Vitale, Beverly Joubert, Clement Kiragu, Brent Stirton, Steve Winter, and David Lloyd, while from Australia Emilie Ristevski, Jono Allen, Matt Todd, Harman Singh Heer and Charles Jason Hill have also donated their work.
Each donated image will be printed in a limited edition of 100, on Hahnemuhle Natural Line Hemp 290g at 30x45cm. They will be delivered with a Prints for Wildlife ‘Certificate of Authenticity’. Browsing the print gallery today (July 23) some options are already sold out, so get in early early!
African Parks currently manages 19 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 14.7 million hectares in: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its work extends to economic development and reducing poverty in surrounding communities ‘to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.’
Both African Parks and Prints for Wildlife are refreshingly transparent, inspiring confidence that both the cause and the funds raised are effective. Last year Prints for Wildlife ‘grossed’ US$650K in sales and, after printing and handling costs, contributed US$530K direct to African Parks.
This year the goal is to sell 10,000 prints and crack the US$1 million mark.
‘One of our main goals this year was to decrease shipping rates, co-founder of Prints for Wildlife told Inside Imaging. ‘Customers paid up to 50 dollars for shipping last year – especially to the US, where most of our clients are from and we found an incredible new printing partner called Theprintspace, that can offer us a flat shipping rate of 10 dollars globally – while keeping up our high quality of printing and even printing 100 percent carbon neutral.
‘We believe this will be a great leverage to be able to sell more prints this year and raise more money for conservation.’
There’s also a series of Collectors Editions boxed sets of 50, 100 and 150 prints.
If you appreciate wildlife photography and are looking for a cause to contribute to where you can be sure funds are going where they are needed, Prints for Wildlife is worth looking into.