Friday, October 3, 2008

Voices Behind the Camera - ILCP Photographer Annie Griffiths Belt

Born and raised in Minneapolis, National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt earned her bachelor of arts in photojournalism from the University of Minnesota.

Since then she has photographed dozens of magazine and book projects for the National Geographic Society, including magazine stories on Fiordland New Zealand, Baja California, Israel's Galilee, Petra, The San Pedro River, Barrier Islands, England's Lake District, and the Badlands, as well as having her work featured in the book National Geographic Women Photographers.

She has donated photographs to numerous environmental causes and fundraisers. She speaks and teaches regularly on environmental topics. In one year alone, Belt spoke to more than 10,000 high school and college students on the subject of "Compassionate Conservation". Belt also produces an annual set of pictures to help raise funding and awareness for aid organizations including Habitat for Humanity.

With a grant from National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council, Belt and author Barbara Kingsolver created Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America. Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for land conservation grants.

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