Alison M. Jones, Founding Director of NWNL, has just received the 2016 Philip Hyde Environmental Grant from the Foundation Board of Trustees of the North American Nature Photography Association [NANPA]. Philip Hyde trained under Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and other definers of the medium of environmental photography. The significance of this award is captured in an inspiring 2-minute Philip Hyde video showing why he is considered the “Father of Environmentalism.”
Alison has been a member of NANPA since its 2nd year and served on its Board of Directors. For fifteen years NANPA Summits provided Alison with valuable photographic knowledge and visual inspiration shared by many of North America’s greatest nature photographers. Thus she is especially honored by this award that comes from her “photographic family.” Indeed, much of the structure of NWNL evolved from the NANPA Mission:
- NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation and environmental protection.
- NANPA provides information, education, inspiration and opportunity for all persons interested in nature photography.
- NANPA fosters excellence and ethical conduct in all aspects of our endeavors and especially encourages responsible photography in the wild.
NWNL will use this grant to help fund the costs of transcribing and posting nine interviews of scientists, stakeholder and stewards in our six North American case-study watersheds: the Columbia, Mississippi and Raritan Basins. A few interviews from the Columbia River Basin are already posted on our site:
- Former Chair of the Chinook Nation: Ray Gardner, 2007
- River stewards in Cranbrook: British Columbia, 2007
- Director of Wildsight: John Bergenske, British Columbia, 2007
- Dryland wheat farmer: Bryan L. Jones, Dam Removal Advocate, 2014
Alison thanks NANPA for this support and is now editing more interviews in Kenya, where she does look up from her computer now and then to see warthogs charging across her patio and birds, including variable and bronze sunbirds, speckled mousebirds, and hopefully a turaco soon! NWNL will send notices of batches of interviews as they are posted.
Article by Alison M. Jones