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A photographic journey to capture how the national parks are being affected by budget cuts and show why the parks are worth protecting.
A photographic journey to capture how the national parks are being affected by budget cuts and show why the parks are worth protecting.
116 backers pledged $3,643 to help bring this project to life.

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I’m Chris Mabey, a photographer based in Utah and I am setting out on a photography project to show how budget cuts are affecting the national parks and why the national parks are worth protecting.

Why this is important?

The national parks are an incredible resource for our country. They conserve historic and beautiful places and they bring in roughly $10 in economic activity for every dollar invested. In today’s dollars the park budget has fallen by nearly 15% in the last decade and the parks are now facing an additional $110 million in budget cuts. 

Currently over 1/3 of the trails in the park system are in poor or seriously deficient condition and 90% of the roads are in fair or poor condition.

These new cuts will force the parks to have fewer employees and many visitors centers will have shortened hours or will be closed all together. A visitor’s center I just went to last summer in Grand Teton national park will be closed under these new cuts. 

There has been a lot of talk of how these cuts will affect the national parks, but I want to show the world how the parks are affected and I need your help to do it. I believe that pictures of how the national parks are hurting under these budget cuts will be much more powerful than the articles written about them.

How the project will be successful?

To accomplish this I will visit 10 national parks and capture how they are affected by budget cuts. I have already started researching ways to show how the parks are affected, I have been pouring over data to find places in the parks that have been affected by cuts. I will also capture the very best of our national parks, the wildlife and scenery to show why our national parks are worth preserving for future generations.   Everyday during the project I will be up before dawn and stay out until dark to make sure I capture the images needed to tell the story of the condition of the national parks.

Please help me tell this story. If you back this project you will get beautiful postcards and prints of the national park. As you display these prints you can show that you value our best idea. Please donate if you can and please share this with your friends so this story can be shared with the world.

Zion
Zion
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
Yellowstone
Yellowstone
Grand Teton
Grand Teton

Risks and challenges

There are two challenges that could arise during the completion of the project. They are weather problems and mechanical issues. I will be prepared for every weather condition I can and I am committed to shooting in any condition so I can get the best images possible. As for mechanical and equipment failures, I do the best I can to keep my equipment in the best working condition possible. I will have backup equipment where I can and if there are major equipment failures I can get rental equipment to replace it within two days.

After the completion of the project the delays that could happen would be in post processing images and writing the e-book. I want to make the results from this project the best they can be and I will not deliver the final project until I believe it is the best I can deliver. Any delays should be very small and I am committed to delivering the rewards as soon as possible.

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    E-book on photographing the national parks. As I travel I will write an e-book on how to get the best images of the national parks. I will tell you some of the best photography spots in the parks I visit, the best time to shoot them, and how I got the images I shot there.

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    PROJECT LAUNCH SPECIAL Postcard From the Road. I will send you a postcard with a personal message to you. The postcard will be one of my images from the project. Plus the e-book. That's $5 cheaper for the first 10 backers!

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    Postcard From the Road. I will send you a postcard with a personal message to you. The postcard will be one of my images from the project. Plus the e-book

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    Your choice of an 8x12 limited edition print on metallic paper from the project. Plus the postcard and e-book.

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    Your choice of a 12x18 limited edition print on metallic paper from the project. Plus the postcard and e-book.

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    Your choice of a 16x24 limited edition print on metallic paper from the project. Plus the postcard and e-book.

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    Your choice of a 20x30 limited edition print on metallic paper from the project. Plus the postcard and e-book.

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    PROJECT LAUNCH SPECIAL. Your choice of a 20x30 limited edition gallery wrapped canvas print. These look great hanging over the fireplace. Plus the postcard and e-book. That's $50 cheaper than the normal reward!

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    Your choice of a 20x30 limited edition gallery wrapped canvas print. These look great hanging over the fireplace. Plus the postcard and e-book.

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    1 day Fall Photo Workshop in the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City. Travel and travel expenses not included. The time for this will be decided by you and Chris. You will also get your choice of a 20x30 limited edition canvas print as well as the post card and e-book.

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