Conservation Minded Since Day 1
From the start of Daniel’s photography career, Conservation was his number one goal. 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, Nature Journal, Minnesota Volunteer, and many others.
Even before Daniel picked up a camera at 16 years old, he understood that Nature was under siege. It’s become painfully obvious, that without people who care, most biodiversity on Planet Earth is in serious trouble. Daniel has always believed in the power of great photography and inspiring text to accompany his stories. Mother nature has no voice. His goal is to give her one.
Joining forces With Polar Bears International
In 2004, Daniel was recruited to participate in Polar Bears International’s (PBI) advisory council. He has worked with PBI ever since and strongly advocates for their work.
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 of volunteer work per year for PBI. Many of the photographs PBI uses on its website and in media materials come from Daniel’s image library, all free of charge.
The Arctic Documentary Project
Daniel formed the Arctic Documentary Project to raise money that would allow him to continue his work in the Arctic. The ADP would fall under the nonprofit umbrella of Polar Bears International, and they, in turn, would have ongoing multi-media materials to continue educating people about polar bears and the Arctic in general. In the late 90s’ it became apparent that Daniel’s trips to document the Arctic were cost-prohibitive. The days of him returning from Arctic assignments and then donating much of that work to PBI were no longer possible. The ADP was formed in direct response to the changing marketplace.
Charitable Giving Targeted Distribution
For the Arctic Documentary Project to succeed, it’s important that the avenues of distribution ensure optimal exposure. To achieve this, the ADP is working under the umbrella of Polar Bears International. This allows for both tax-deductible charitable giving and access to PBI’s large audience which includes over 40 of North America’s largest and most successful zoos and aquariums. Many of these facilities work with PBI as part of their Arctic Ambassador Center network which uses Arctic Documentary Project materials as part of their public outreach. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has documented over 175 million visitors to zoological facilities each year. More people each year than all professional sporting events combined.
You can help to fund the ADP’s important work by DONATING to Polar Bears International’s Arctic Documentary Project. We appreciate your support in continuing to make PBI and the ADP a success!