Ozzie Winner: Best Use of Photography, Non Profit
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is “to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the land and waters they need to survive.” The sixty-year-old organization produces a print magazine for members to highlight its efforts: A full-color quarterly publication, with an accompanying iPad mobile edition and a newly redesigned website. The magazine debuted as a digest-sized black and white newsletter in 1952; today, print and digital circulation is estimated at 700,000.
The award-winning article, “Fish and Tradition”, uses stunning photography to highlight how residents of Pohnpei, a remote island in the western Pacific, are using traditional fishing methods to preserve their fisheries for use by future generations.
Photojournalist Nick Hall spent two weeks documenting the daily lives of villagers who depend on the marine resources of the Nahtik Marine Sanctuary and who work with Conservation Society of Pohnpei to protect it from overfishing. The magazine staff were so thrilled with Hall’s photos that they added multiple pages to the article in order to showcase the amazing imagery. A slideshow of Hall’s images is available here, labeled "Fish and Tradition".