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Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. He served as Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla 2009.
As with his mentor, the late Dr Dian Fossey, the main focus of his work shifted in 1978 from research to conservation work, after poachers killed Digit – a young silverback in one of the Karisoke study groups – to sell his skull and hands. Finding the headless, handless body of a gorilla he regarded as a friend was a turning point in his life. Ten years later in Kenya, the experience was repeated when some of the cave-elephants he was studying were killed by ivory poachers.
To encourage groups to work together, he established and chairs the Ape Alliance (70 organizations linked via www.4apes.com), the African Ele-Fund and the UK Rhino Group (www.rhinogroup.org.uk). He is now Chief Consultant for GRASP – UNEP/ UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership he helped launch in 2001. http://www.cms.int/about/ambassadors/portrait_ian_redmond.htm
Paul Nicklen uses his camera to reveal the nature of a world melting away under human-induced global warming. “I call myself an interpreter and a translator,” says Nicklen. “I translate what the scientists are telling me. Paul Nicklen has specialized in photographing polar regions since 1995. A unique childhood among the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic and a professional background as a biologist in the Northwest Territories enable him to take on the most inhospitable places on our planet.
Nicklen has published eleven stories for National Geographic magazine, including 2011’s August cover story on the elusive spirit bear. His latest book,Polar Obsession, was published by National Geographic in November 2009 and was in its third printing within months of publication. He has received more than 20 international awards, including five awards from World Press Photo (including Nature: First Prize Story 2010), three from Pictures of the Year International, two from Communication Arts, and ten in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. His TED2011 talk and appearances on television shows such asJeopardy and in YouTube videos receiving millions of hits have recently thrust him into the popular culture spotlight. http://paulnicklen.com
Cristina Mittermeier is one of the premier nature photographers in the world and a marine biologist who for the past 20 years has been working as a writer and photographer. In 2005 she founded the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), a consortium of some of the best photographers in the world, whose work is dedicated to visually communicating conservation issues. She has been the Series Editor for the CEMEX Conservation Book Series since 2007 and in 2008 she was named one of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery. She spends most of the year traveling to photograph the fragile relationship between humans and nature.
She offers first and foremost a vehicle for raising awareness—the first step in inspiring change—and she does it with the deliberate use of her camera. Ultimately Mittermeier goes beyond the sound bite to reveal a story that offers hope. Her images focus on the increasingly fragile relationship between human cultures and the planet, and her work encompasses important sustainability topics such as biodiversity and indigenous peoples. http://cristinamittermeier.com
Roberto Bubas spent over 20 years as a park ranger in Argentina, studying killer whales, or orcas, in particular those of the Chubut province in Northern Patagonia, famous for their spectacular hunting tactic, literally fling themselves up on beaches in pursuit of seals.
Roberto had been watching the orcas of Chubut for over a year when something fascinating began to happen…day by day, on their own initiative, they came closer and closer.
Eventually Roberto decided to get into the water and achieved a truly unique affinity with these fearsome marine mammals who offered him their trust and friendship. The rest is history. Roberto is a permanent guest of the Center for Whale Research in the United States of America. He has over 3500 hours of watching orcas in Patagonia, the North Pacific and Antarctica, and his reports have contributed to the creation of laws protecting the species in the Argentine Sea. He appeared on documentaries by BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, TVE Spain, Japan’s NHK and TBS, among others. He published eight books.
Roberto understood that orcas and men are fellow travelers in a world where everything is closely related. And in this sense, perhaps the connection he established with orcas is more than a curious example of empathy between two different species. Perhaps it is above all a symbol that allows us to remember that we are not alone and not above other living beings in the world. We share the same house, and therefore we cannot remain aloof from a definitive truth: whatever happens to orcas or any living thing on the planet, will eventually happen to us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=ecXK_p7FW7M&feature=endscreen
Angelo Moratti in addition to serving as a member of Saras Group’ Board of Directors, is member of the board of directors of Special Olympics International and Chairman of Special Olympics Italy. He was Chairman of the board of directors of Sarlux from 1996 through 2002 and President of AON Nikols Italia S.p.A from 2002 throught 2007.
Mr. Moratti is the Founder of ePlanet in 1996 and has been involved in Venture Capital investing ever since. He is currently on the Board of Inter Milan Football Club and was on the Board of basketball club Armani Jeans from 2003 to 2008.
Gregory Colbert is a Canadian film-maker and photographer best known as the creator of Ashes and Snow, an exhibition of photographic artworks and films housed in the Nomadic Museum.
Since its debut in Venice in 2002, over 10 million people have attended Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert, an exhibition of more than 50 large-scale photographic artworks, a 60-minute feature film, and two short film “haikus”. None of the images have been digitally collaged or superimposed.
Colbert, who calls animals “nature’s living masterpieces,” chose to film animals in their native habitats in an effort to be true to each animal’s voice. The film can be viewed as a work of art as well as a poetic field study. The film was edited by two-time Oscar winner Pietro Scalia.
“In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.” http://ashesandsnow.com
Dominic Cunningham-Reid, founder and chairman of Cosmic Picture, conceived, developed and produced the IMAX© film Journey to Mecca and he’s currently producing Jerusalem, filmed in IMAX® 3D. He has shot and produced documentary films for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Paramount Pictures, News Corporation, ZDF German Television, RAI Television and Oprah Winfrey. Cosmic Picture is developing a feature documentary about the issue of elephant poaching through a dramatic human story.
Dominic spent his twenties as a freelance photojournalist for Associated Press and Reuters, covering wars in Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda – where he was first in and received a world press nomination for his work – Sierra Leone, Kosovo and Afghanistan – and as a documentary filmmaker produced and hosted National Geographic’s acclaimed Special Diamonds of Warabout the Blood Diamond trade and the award-winning The War Next Door about the drug war in Colombia. http://www.cosmicpicture.com