To coincide with World Environment day, Epson, a leader in digital imaging, has entered a partnership to fund and supply equipment to the Wild Wonders of Europe (WWoE) project. The company’s cutting-edge imaging technology will provide substantial support for WWoE’s attempt to inspire millions to experience and protect the joy of the wild - using great photography as its tool. The ground-breaking initiative will showcase the unknown diversity and extraordinary beauty of Europe’s rich, natural heritage, while highlighting the challenges it faces and conservancy efforts across the continent.
The WWoE project team, including 66 of Europe’s top wildlife photographers, have documented the continent’s wildlife and wild places in a stunning collection that plans to tour 48 European countries from 2010. The exhibition’s first destinations will include, Paris, London, Stockholm, Istanbul, Brussels, Copenhagen, Prague and The Hague. Other elements of the project include competitions, books, educational programmes and a website
- where a selection of the collection can also be viewed, and Epson fine art print copies purchased.
Epson will provide WWoE with much of the equipment needed to bring Europe’s stunning nature vividly to life. This includes providing professional projectors for exhibitions and Audio-Visual shows at major art and cultural exhibitions and a range of large format printing equipment for fine art printing and advanced products for outdoor printing. In addition Epson will facilitate Photo Printers and Photo Viewers as prizes for pan-European wildlife photography competitions.
Andrea Koepfer, Manager Corporate PR & Sponsoring Epson EMEA, comments: “By working with WWoE, we believe we can help raise awareness of Europe’s beautiful wildlife, and aid the preservation of our biodiversity. This is an important objective, and in line with Epson’s broader commitment to contribute to culture and society. The images generated by the project are stunning: they deserve to be brought to life by the best imaging products around.
As part of its Environmental Vision 2050 commitment, Epson has undertaken a range of initiatives to support Europe’s biodiversity and reduce the company’s global carbon footprint by 90% by 2050. Epson also supports a biodiversity project to restore forest habitat and wildlife to Portugal’s famous Gardunha mountains - an ancient wilderness destroyed during the forest fires of 2003 and 2005.
66 of Europe's top nature photographers have now set out to capture the greatest natural sights from around the continent, including Laurie Campbell, one of Scotland's leading natural history and landscape photographers. Laurie developed an interest in natural history at an early age. He began photographing wildlife in 1972, initially from a desire to share his experiences and observations of the natural world. He later studied photography at Napier University in Edinburgh (1977-81), and has since worked almost exclusively in Scotland, travelling from his Borders home to all parts of the country.
Staffan Widstrand, Photographer and Managing Director of Wild Wonders of Europe, says: “We want to use the power of images to touch the emotions of our 700 million fellow Europeans, and to re-connect them with their Natural Heritage. Our partnership with Epson will really help us to do this, so we’re delighted to have them on board.
For more on Wild Wonders of Europe, please visit wild-wonders