Illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest transnational crime behind weapon, drug, and human trafficking, and funds other types of violence and criminal organizations across the globe. Passing I-1401 will help reduce that violence. In addition, many of the animals protected by I-1401 are killed for medicinal use despite no real evidence of the efficacy of these expensive treatments.
While New York and New Jersey have passed laws to protect elephants and rhinos, I-1401 will prohibit and strengthen the penalties for the sale, purchase and distribution of products made from a list of 10 endangered animals: elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, pangolins, sharks and rays. Despite widespread public opposition to these practices, powerful special interest groups continue to lobby state legislatures and Congress to oppose common sense laws that would protect iconic species slipping toward extinction.
I-1401 would ban the sale or purchase of products made from endangered and exploited animals, including elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks and rays. It will be the first statewide ballot measure to help protect iconic species on the verge of being slaughtered into extinction. Passing it will set a national, and perhaps even international, precedent.
But first, at least 325,000 signatures must be collected by July to make the November ballot, in addition to building a robust, statewide campaign.
All of my Washington State workshops this summer are very nearly full. The Olympic Peninsula and Rainier workshops filled quickly, and there is one spot left on the Lake Quinault photo retreat in May.
If you can’t make that, I urge you to consider the Palouse workshop in July. What’s the Palouse you ask? I call it the Tuscany of the Northwest—a rich agricultural region of undulating wheat fields, bordered on the west by world class viticulture. It is also a classic western American landscape, with tidy farms, small towns, and many opportunities to work on your eye for abstract imagery.
Thank you to everyone who turned out for the #OPTIC2015 event in New York City this past weekend, I had a great time working with the folks at B&H Photo Video. If you missed the live show you can still watch the presentations anytime on the web, I believe I was the fourth one in the line up, my talk is titled “The Inspirational Traveler: The World Beyond the Lens” but don’t stop there as there are a lot of great talks you can stream and learn and be inspired from.
The streams are live at OPTIC2015 Livestream, click the “watch again” button in the Livestream box and navigate to the talk using the arrows.
The new-look PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine goes on sale now worldwide. It includes an 8 page interview with Art by David Clark.
Subscribe to PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine before June 15th and you’ll get their entire special 100th issue (not just the 4 pages shown here) plus the Ultimate Canon Handbook for free! That means you’ll get 14 issues in a 1 year subscription, wherever you are in the world.
Now in its second year, this INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION puts the spotlight on talented photographers from all over the world, celebrating the rural and urban landscape of the U.S.A. and is the brainchild of renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite.
Prize fund of US$10,000 of cash and other prizes, including US$5,000 to the overall winner, US$500 to the Youth (under 21) winner and awards in cash and kind to category and special prize winners.
I will be in New York City this week for a reception at the Rotella Gallery and a presentation at Optic 2015. I invite you to join me at one of these events! If you are not in New York, you can also sign-up to stream my talk at Optic 2015 on their site.
What: I will be giving a presentation on my latest travels, in particular Antarctica.
When: 2-4pm, Saturday, May 2nd
Where: Rotella Gallery Soho
What: The Inspirational Traveler: The World Beyond the Lens presentation sponsored by B&H Photo, Lindblad Expeditions, and National Geographic
When: 11:45am, Sunday, May 3
Where: Optic 2015 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballroom