The Art of Thriving

9/17/2009

Photo exhibit at Saatchi Gallery tells stories of people and nature in most remarkable places on Earth

London – A stunning exhibition featuring images from some of the world’s finest nature and wildlife photographers will take place at London’s celebrated Saatchi Gallery this Friday and Saturday. The exhibition, entitled Thrive!, and organised by BG Group and Conservation International (CI), aims not only to showcase examples of nature’s beauty and fragility, but to underscore how human well being and the natural world are inextricably linked.

The exhibition will be opened by CI’s President, Dr Russell A. Mittermeier, and BG Group Executive Vice President Charles Bland at a private event on Thursday (17 September). Dr Mittermeier, one of the world’s most famous conservationists, is a legendary field biologist who has discovered numerous new species of animals, and is a world authority on primates, amphibians and the wildlife of Madagascar, the Guianas and Brazil.

“We are at a critical time in the history of the planet. Over the next decade decisions are going to be made that will affect the lives of millions of people and the survival of thousands of plants and animals,” said Dr Mittermeier. “Conservation International’s mission is to protect the world’s ecosystems for the benefit of humanity. The partnership with BG Group allows us to use photography as a tool for conserving the incredible biodiversity and cultures featured in this exhibition.”

Charles Bland, BG Group said: "At BG Group we understand that our business activity can have an impact upon the environment and we are committed to making a positive contribution to protecting the environment.  Our alliance with CI supports this by helping to build awareness of the importance of our natural world.”

The Conservation in Focus Alliance between CI and BG Group is dedicated to documenting the people, places and wildlife in key biodiversity sites. The photographs were taken during expeditions led by CI and funded by BG Group.

Cristina Mittermeier, Director of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), and one of the photographers whose work is featured in the exhibit said: “Conservation photography is a mixture of art, journalism and environmentalism. It mixes beauty and abstract images with profound social comment, and it provides motivation for those who often live in a world far removed from the people, places and wildlife that are featured in this stunning exhibition.”

Thrive! will be open to the public at the Saatchi Gallery (Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London SW3 4SQ) from 10am to 6pm on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September. Admission is free of charge.

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Photos available here:  http://bit.ly/10zNVP

Media contacts:

Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui, Press Officer, Conservation International
Mobile: +1 202 906 0062
Office: +1 703 341 2471
Email: p.malentaqui@conservation.org

Jo Thethi, Media Relations Manager, BG Group
Office: +44 118 929 3110
Email: jo.thethi@bg-group.com

Conservation International (CI) applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents. For more information about CI, visit www.conservation.org

BG Group plc is a world leader in natural gas, with a strategy focused on connecting competitively-priced resources to specific, high-value markets. Active in 27 countries on five continents, the Group has a broad portfolio of exploration and production, Liquefied Natural Gas, transmission and distribution and power generation business interests. BG Group is committed to making a positive contribution to economic, social and environmental development in the countries and communities in which it operates through its business activities and related social investment programmes. For more information visit: www.bg-group.com