2020VISION of UK nature launches in Edinburgh

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After 20 long months in the field capturing a stunning set of images telling the story of the UK’s ecosystems and the services they provide, 2020VISION’s team of 20 top UK nature photographers, such as Andy Rouse and Joe Cornish, will gather at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on Thursday, 5 July 2012 for the launch of the 2020VISION open-air street gallery exhibition. 

Bringing together the very best images from the 2020VISION collection, this high quality large-format open-air exhibition is part of the 2020VISION Roadshow which, between now and 2015, will tour the UK communicating to millions of people the link between restoring and reconnecting our fragmented wild places and our own wellbeing - to show that healthy ecosystems are not just good for wildlife, but are something we all depend upon.

The exhibition will be in situ at RBGE’s John Hope Gateway from July 2 until September 30, 2012.  RBGE’s Regius Keeper, Professor Stephen Blackmore, has welcomed the exhibition, saying: “These beautiful images remind us just how important our natural heritage is in the quality of our lives. I hope they will cause everyone who sees them to reflect on what more they can do to cherish and protect nature.”

In addition to the pro-photographer team, 20 young photographers have also been busy shooting images over the last 20 months. Mentored by the pro-team, these “Young Champions” provide a link to the next generation of decision makers, who by 2020 will be dealing with the legacy of what we do today. Young Champion, Katrina Martin, who will speak at the exhibition launch about her involvement in the project, said: “This is the first time so many top photographers have come together to speak on behalf of conservation and it’s been very exciting for me to be part of that team”.

2020VISION is a collaborative project, working alongside many partners, such as RBGE, Scottish Natural Heritage and Nature Picture Library, to tell this vital story.  To find out more about the project visit www.2020v.org

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EDITOR’S NOTES

For interviews, images or further information contact Shauna Hay on 0131 248 2900 or Sandra Donnelly on 0131 248 1037.

2020VISION is the most ambitious nature photography project ever staged in the UK.  It aims to engage and enthuse a massive audience by using innovative visual media to convey the value of restoring our most important but often fragmented habitats - to show that healthy ecosystems are not just for wildlife, but are something fundamental to us all.  For the first time, 20 of the UK’s top nature and wildlife photographers, along with filmmakers and sound recordists, have come together to tell an inspirational story about some of the UK’s ecosystems and the services they provide to us all, such as clean water, fresh air and productive soils.  2020VISION has identified a number of flagship projects up and down the country, that are currently restoring, reconnecting, or at the very least protecting, damaged habitats or species. Over a 20-month period, the 2020VISION team have carried out 20 iWitness Assignments at these locations, producing a set of stunning pictures, along with supporting video footage and sound.  The thousands of images and hours of film generated from these assignments will then be woven into compelling narratives and presented in innovative ways, such as the stunning 2020VISION Roadshow, a multi-city event that will reach far beyond ‘the converted’.  Learn more: www.2020v.org

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a leading international research organisation delivering knowledge, education and plant conservation action in more than 80 countries around the world. In Scotland, its four Gardens at Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan attract nearly a million visitors each year. It operates as a Non Departmental Public Body established under the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985, principally funded by the Scottish Government. It is also a registered charity, managed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Ministers. Its mission is “exploring and explaining the world of plants for a better future.” Learn more: www.rbge.org.uk

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)