From the start of Daniel’s photography career, the world of conservation has been extremely important to him. He’s been a contributor to virtually all of the world’s most prestigious conservation-related publications, including the National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Sierra Club, Wildlife Conservation Society, Izaak Walton League of America, Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Biological Diversity, Journal Nature, Minnesota Volunteer and others.
Daniel has always believed in the power of great imagery and inspiring text to tell the stories of the creatures and the land that have no voice. Without people who care, all animals and wild places will eventually be gone. He’s been a passionate advocate since day one, spreading his enthusiasm for the importance of sharing this planet with other animals and promoting the need to give them natural space to continue to survive and prosper.
In 2004, Dan was recruited to be a part of Polar Bears International’s (PBI) Advisory Council. He has worked with PBI ever since and is a strong advocate for the work they do. In 2009, Daniel J. Cox/Natural Exposures and Polar Bears International combined their offices in Bozeman, Montana. Daniel, his wife Tanya, and assistant Jill Mangum, contribute hundreds of hours per year of volunteer work for PBI. Many of the images PBI uses for their website and media materials come from Daniel’s files, all free of charge. Daniel feels the opportunity to work with such a successful conservation group has been extremely rewarding and has no plans to slow down in his efforts to help PBI tell the story of polar bears and how climate change is affecting them, their sea ice habitat, and the rest of the world.
The Arctic Documentary Project
To that end Daniel recently established the Arctic Documentary Project (ADP), a joint effort between Daniel and Polar Bears International (PBI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In addition to documenting arctic animals and their ecosystems, the ADP is producing multi-media materials on some of the world’s leading arctic scientists as they conduct fieldwork. All of the still images and video content become part of the PBI Multimedia Library which is available free of charge to educational institutions around the world that qualify for PBI’s nonprofit media program.
Charitable Giving, Targeted Distribution
For this project to succeed, it’s important that the avenues of distribution will ensure the public the opportunity to experience the multimedia materials to inspire action. To achieve this, the ADP is working under the umbrella of PBI. This allows for both tax-deductible charitable giving and access to over 40 of North America’s largest and most successful zoos and aquariums, giving us the ability to reach millions of people. Many of these facilities have been working with PBI as part of the organization’s Arctic Ambassador Center network. These public venues highlight the materials we produce as part of their public outreach. PBI’s partner, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has documented that over 175 million people visit zoological facilities each year.
All multimedia materials produced for the ADP will become part of PBI’s Multimedia Library and are available to the 40-plus Arctic Ambassador Centers at no cost. As an example of how effective this outreach is, in 2011, the Columbus Zoo’s Polar Frontier Exhibit earned the AZA’s Top Exhibit Award. The Columbus Zoo’s exhibit prominently features over 150 of Daniel’s photographs donated through the ADP and PBI Media Library. In addition to Arctic Ambassador Centers, all scientists documented by the ADP will have access to these resources at no charge, ensuring that they have quality multimedia materials to support their science and ultimately their message.
You can find out more by visiting the Arctic Documentary Project.