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I am telling little known stories of ground breaking habitat restoration on six continents.

What is the project?

The funds raised from this Kickstarter project will support shooting my next two restoration stories, documenting forest restoration work undertaken in Mexico and China. These images will then be used to raise awareness of restoration work and generate more support for these activities.

I’ve provided some great rewards that allow you to keep up to date, buy exclusive fine art prints, books, workshops, online mentoring and even portfolio reviews at a much lower price than normal. But first I want to tell you a bit more about the project you will be helping to support: 

Ecological degradation, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity is a major issue worldwide. Restoration projects are urgently needed to restore degraded areas, restore populations of endangered species, restore water supply and help local economies. 

I am photographing projects undertaken by a group of botanic gardens worldwide, who came together last year to form the Ecological Restoration Alliance with the aim of restoring 100 damaged and degraded habitats across 6 continents in 20 years. This is a major piece of international cooperation and a story that is not yet being widely told. Work is being done by these botanic gardens to restore wild areas, protect and restore habitats and create socioeconomic benefits for local communities. This includes small local level projects through to working with heavy industry partners. 

An aerial view of tea fields. Taken from the first story in this series looking at forest restoration in Western Kenya
An aerial view of tea fields. Taken from the first story in this series looking at forest restoration in Western Kenya

My name is Barney Wilczak, I am a conservation photographer and my aim is to help tell these stories, the challenges they face and the successes they can yield. Photography provides a means to communicate with people around the world in an accessible way. In photographing these projects I will be able to tell their stories and share them worldwide. 

The overall aim is to create a major body of work detailing at least one story on each of the 6 continents covered. I will create exhibitions at these gardens and other venues to communicate the importance of restoration. In addition to this, a media library will be created for over 600 gardens in 118 countries, all members of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) who coordinate the Ecological Restoration Alliance. These photos will be available for use by botanic gardens for educational purposes, highlighting how restoration projects can play a role in improving the environment and to gain support for further restoration work. 

Moonlit clouds rush over an incredibly rich 12 year old, restored forest in Western Kenya
Moonlit clouds rush over an incredibly rich 12 year old, restored forest in Western Kenya

I’ve started low, asking for just enough to cover the expenses of shooting the next two stories. However, the more money raised, the more stories I can photograph, highlighting the great work that is being done worldwide, telling these stories, and providing high quality media to support the education and outreach work of botanic gardens around the world. 

Choose from the selection of prints below, project updates, books, mentoring and workshops, and help promote the importance of ecological restoration around the world. 

Thank you 

To learn more about my work, please visit my website: www.WilczakPhotography.co.uk 

Find out more about the Ecological Restoration Alliance here: www.bgci.org/ourwork/era

Limited edition prints

I've put together four limited edition prints at a hugely reduced price. You can make a choice of the images below:

Print 1: European rabbit amongst buttercups. Taken from 'The Meadow'
Print 1: European rabbit amongst buttercups. Taken from 'The Meadow'
Print 2: Snake's head fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris. Taken from 'The Meadow'
Print 2: Snake's head fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris. Taken from 'The Meadow'
Print 3: Meadow grasses in rainfall
Print 3: Meadow grasses in rainfall
Print 4: Ragged robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi. Taken from 'The Meadow'
Print 4: Ragged robin, Lychnis flos-cuculi. Taken from 'The Meadow'

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The botanic gardens that are undertaking this restoration work are helping me in the logistics of shooting these stories. This means I have a strong base of local knowledge and assistance to make sure these stories get told accurately. I therefore see no likely contingencies for failure. However, with any travel there is inherent risk. Of course, with such a global project, I am looking at other sources of funding such as grants. If I receive specific funding for one of these stories from another source I will use the money from Kickstarter to document yet another of these fantastic restoration projects.

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    Exclusive email and photo updates for the duration of the project. See behind the scenes as Barney shoots these stories, learn about the work, wildlife and the techniques used to capture them. Also, receive recognition of your support by having your name featured on the supporters wall of fame on the project website.

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    Email updates and recognition as above but including a choice of one of Barney's fantastic .pdf ebooks. Choose between 'Creative nature photography' and 'Storytelling through photography' for an insight into how Barney works and the techniques you can apply to your own photography.

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    Both .pdf ebooks 'Creative nature photography' and 'Storytelling through photography', a great saving on the price of the individual books. Of course, email updates and wall of fame recognition are included as well.

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    Both .pdf ebooks 'Creative nature photography' and 'Storytelling through photography', four greetings cards plus email updates and wall of fame recognition.

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    Barney's acclaimed book 'The Meadow', both .pdf ebooks, updates, wall of fame recognition and 4 greetings cards. 'The Meadow: A Year in the Life of an English Meadow' documents Britain's finest hay meadow over the course of 3 years and includes an insightful text on the species, threats and potential future of this wonderful habitat.

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    A Skype or FaceTime portfolio review with Barney to analyse and get the best out of your photography whether you are an amateur or an aspiring professional. Barney will review a selection of your images beforehand and will be able to advise you and answer any questions you may have. Of course, ebooks, wall of fame recognition and updates are included!

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    Your choice of one of the four limited edition A4 prints. This is a chance to purchase one of Barney's limited editions at a far lower price than are normally available. These are beautifully printed on archival paper, signed, certified and every one is approved by Barney personally. A4's are limited to 50 prints per image. And yes, ebooks, wall of fame recognition and updates too! Please specify the print you would like to receive.

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    A place on one of two workshops in the UK. One will be in Gloucestershire at the site where 'The Meadow' was shot and the second will be a fantastic day amongst the waterfalls and woods of the Brecon Beacons. To get you in the mood we will include the ebooks, wall of fame recognition and updates!

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    Your choice of one of the four limited edition A2 prints. This is a chance to purchase one of Barney's limited editions at a far lower price than are normally available. These are beautifully printed on archival paper, signed, certified and every one is approved by Barney personally. A2's are limited to 30 prints per image. And yes, ebooks, wall of fame recognition and updates too! Please specify the print you would like to receive.

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    Let your photography reach new heights with Skype or FaceTime mentoring! Personal one-to-one mentoring from Barney in four sessions over the space of one year! Barney will analyse your images and aims, helping you to develop ideas, projects and strategies in a great year of photography. Ebooks, wall of fame recognition and updates too!

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    A complete day's photography with Barney for up to 2 people! Barney will consult with you before the workshop to design the best day to suit your needs and aims. The price includes Barney's travel costs to either the Cotswolds or the Brecon Beacons. However, he will travel further if expenses are covered. Why not buy two days and make a weekend of it! Ebooks, wall of fame recognition and updates are included as well!

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