Our mission is conservation; our program combines art, education, tourism and natural history for the benefit of all levels of society. Images for Conservation’s mission will have been accomplished when private landowners, nature photographers and country, state and city tourism entities throughout the Western Hemisphere have joined together to give an economic and visual voice to wildlife, landscapes, plants and scenic views.
Images for Conservation’s moto is simple, “conservation and capitalism.” Images for Conservation is developing nature photo tourism for the protection of wildlife. Our mission dates back to William Henry Jackson (1872), but our strategy is 21st century and that is to use digital cameras, computers, the internet and economics for conservation. Combine the digital age, professional photographic competitions, and the free market system and you have the formula for success. Our models are represented by recreational industries worldwide where recreational activities are represented by professional and amateur competitions. By combining the best attributes of golf, fishing competitions, and hunting leases, Images for Conservation is developing the potential for a significant new industry that will protect the entirety of diversity of wildlife and the critical habitat for survival, while creating new jobs and new business opportunities in a sustainable economic development model.
There are a growing number of partnering organizations that will play major roles in the future success of Images for Conservation in developing the Private Lands Nature Photo Tourism Industry. Private Landowners and political entities are the key components to the success of the industry since ninety percent of the Western Hemisphere is privately owned and wildlife knows no political or private property boundaries. The photography industry and nature photographers are the tools for both economic and visual success. Internet photo sites and forums will play a growing role the promotion and development of the nature photo tourism industry as the most comprehensive tool for sharing and viewing nature images created by the photographers.