Prints for Wildlife has returned for a third edition of the annual print sale fundraiser. Over 130 photographers have come together to sell limited numbers of wildlife photo prints on www.printsforwildlife.org for the benefit of conservation non-profit African Parks. The print sale will run for just one month, beginning on 28 August until 25 September, 2022.
Created by photographers Marion Payr and Pie Aerts, Prints for Wildlife launched for the first time in July 2020, as the devastating impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic started to be seen across Africa’s communities and wildlife areas. Prints for Wildlife’s 2020 and 2021 print sales totalled over 15,000 unique wildlife prints.
African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation that runs three of Malawi’s top national parks and reserves (Liwonde, Majete & Nkhotakota), as well as many other protected areas across Africa, was the recipient of over US$1.75 million thanks to the campaign’s success in 2020 and 2021.
This year’s fundraiser will feature more than 130 photos from acclaimed wildlife photographers, including Will Burrard Lucas, Beverly Joubert, Andrew Liu, Marsel van Oosten, Ami Vitale, Graeme Green, Joachim Schmeisser, Gaël Ruboneka Vande weghe, Karim Illya, Mia Collis, and Drew Doggett. Each of the photographers have donated one fine art print to the fundraiser, which will be sold for US$100 through the online shop Prints for Wildlife.
100% of the proceeds after printing and handling are directly donated to African Parks to support their conservation efforts well into the future.
With nearly 50% of Africa’s landmass suffering degradation, and the rapidly increasing affects biodiversity loss has on the climate crisis, this year Prints for Wildlife is setting out to help African Parks safeguard 30 million hectares of Africa’s protected areas, contributing to the global target of protecting 30% of nature on Earth by 2030.
The goal of this year’s fundraiser is to support the growth of African Parks and the addition of new parks to their portfolio. African Parks currently manages 20 parks in 11 countries across Africa, including Kafue (Zambia), Akagera (Rwanda) and Liwonde (Malawi) National Parks, in partnership with governments for the benefit of local communities and wildlife – the largest and most ecologically diverse portfolio of protected areas in Africa under management by any one conservation organisation.
African Parks is looking to sign a number of new parks within the coming months and years, including Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks in Angola and Boma and Bandingilo National Parks in South Sudan, making sure that more exceptional ecosystems, endemic species, and natural habitats are being protected, while sustainably and holistically benefiting communities and wildlife.
Purchasing a single print at just US$100 will help African Parks in their goal to manage 30 protected areas by 2030 – amounting to 30 million hectares of wilderness across the continent. Managed effectively, these vital natural landscapes will continue to safeguard biodiversity and deliver valuable ecosystem services that underpin human wellbeing.
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