Alison M. Jones at NYC Sierra Club
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Fall foliage in NJ’s Upper Raritan River Basin
(Reprinted from the New York City Sierra Club Photo Committee Newsletter, November/December 2010)
Alison Jones began her photography career in 1985 in Kenya documenting protected areas and wildlife. In 1999 she helped start up Kenya’s Mara Conservancy. She has photographed ecosystems and conservation management as a freelancer and on assignment for nonprofits in the US, Canada, 16 African nations and seven Latin American countries.
Ten years ago she began lecturing about using photography as a tool for conservation. Since then she has “walked the talk,” building on that concept.
As a conservation photographer, for the last four years she has been focusing on the world’s fresh water crisis through an international project she created called No Water No Life. This endeavor is raising global public awareness of the vulnerability of our watersheds and the need to find sustainable resource management solutions.
No Water No Life is currently documenting six case study watersheds: North America’s Columbia, Mississippi, and the Raritan River Basin and Africa’s Blue Nile, Omo, and Mara River Basins.
Industry on NJ’s Lower Raritan River
When not photographing on dusty savannas or atop icy glaciers, Alison creates photo essays, lectures and exhibits for No Water No Life. To further understand the ecology of this planet, she recently enrolled in Columbia University’s Conservation Curriculum.
Bestowed with an Honorary Masters Degree in Photography from Brooks Institute, Alison is the recipient of numerous awards for her community involvement and for her No Water No Life photographs. She is a member of The Explorers Club, a Fellow of The International League of Conservation Photographers, and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the North American Nature Photography Association.
To learn more about Alison Jones and see more of her work, see www.nowater-nolife.org and www.alisonjonesphoto.com.