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Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and originally trained as a classical pianist, Garth Lenz left his music career in 1992 to dedicate his photography towards conservation. He has photographed environmental, wilderness, and indigenous peoples issues throughout Canada, the U.S., Chile, Ecuador, Borneo, and China. This work has led to assignments and publication in numerous books, newspapers, and magazines. These include International Wildlife, B.B.C. Wildlife Magazine, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Guardian Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Edition, The Tokyo Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Globe And Mail, Sierra Magazine, , and many others. He was one of the lead photographers of the book "CLEARCUT, The Tragedy Of Industrial Forestry", as well as La Tragedia Del Bosque Chileno, dealing with the clearcutting of Chile's forests.
Lenz’s work for many Non Governmental Organizations has appeared in numerous full-page ads in the New York Times, Conde Naste, The New Yorker, Travel And Leisure, and on billboards in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Germany, in addition to many reports on conservation issues, and in numerous posters.
Known as an outspoken advocate for the environment, Lenz has been invited to show his work to The European Parliament, Canadian Senate, major corporations and business leaders. He has given numerous public presentations throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Japan, on issues of wilderness and environmental protection. In 1993 and 1994, Lenz made major tours of Europe, the U.S. and Japan, in order to build the international campaign for the conservation of British Columbia’s temperate rainforests and Clayoquot Sound. During this same time, he helped develop the markets campaign to encourage corporate responsibility as a tool for forest protection and conservation. In this role he has given presentations to The New York Times, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph in Tokyo, Major Newspapers in London, GTE in Los Angeles, and many others.
Lenz’s recent images from the boreal region of Canada have helped lead to significant victories and large new protected areas in the Northwest Territories, Quebec, and Ontario. His boreal images and work from the Alberta Tar Sands received major awards at the Prix de la Photographie Paris, and International Photography Awards in 2008. In 2008, he was also awarded the Fine Print award in the Center for Fine Art Photography’s “Our Environment” exhibition for one of his Alberta Tar Sands aerial images.
Lenz makes his home in Victoria, British Columbia, with his wife and two daughters.
Chesapeake Bay RAVE multimedia
Flathead Wild Revisited
Flathead Wild Film
Chesapeake Bay RAVE multimedia
by iLCP, Jenny Nichols
Produced in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation with imagery from the Chesapeake Bay RAVE.
Last December, EPA issued a science-based diet that—if achieved—would reduce pollution to our waterways. Just as progress is underway, powerful forces are working to derail the recovery effort. All of us who love the Bay and its rivers and streams must make our voices heard.
Watch this video, visit cbf.org/getinvolved, and write your state representatives. Tell them you care about clean water!
Chesapeake Bay RAVE
The Chesapeake Bay watershed covers approximately 64,000 square miles (164,000 km2) and comprises one of the most important estuaries in the North Atlantic. With rapid development along its shores destroying vast swaths of wetlands and buffering forest, and polluted with a steady increase in agrochemical runoff from the 1950s on, this once thriving estuarine ecosystem was headed toward collapse.
A forty-year campaign by The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other stakeholders has gradually turned the tide, with current political will at the point of tipping toward long-term restoration and protection of the Bay. The Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Act (H.R. 3852/S. 1816) was introduced to both chambers of the United States Congress last October, on its way to mark-up at the end of this year. These two bills seek to amend the Federal Clean Water Act (Section 117) to ensure that the six states of the Bay watershed, plus the District of Columbia, develop and implement detailed plans to reduce pollution sufficiently to achieve Bay-wide pollution reduction targets for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment by 2025.
The Chesapeake Bay RAVE, a project of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), is a collaborative effort to highlight the importance of this legislation through photographs, video, and stories from across the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. iLCP and CBF will use the collected media from the RAVE to document issues facing the Bay and to produce an exhibit of thirty photographs to premiere in September 2010 on Capitol Hill. The compelling visual media displayed will help facilitate news coverage on the urgency of the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Act, advocating for the restoration of the Bay’s health and its protection in the long term. The expedition team is composed of iLCP photographers from across North America, including several who live within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Flathead Wild Film
by iLCP Multimedia and Epicocity Project
Follow the International League of Conservation Photographers for a R.A.V.E. in the Flathead River Valley in Southeastern British Columbia. The goal of these Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions is to capture compelling media to support an existing conservation effort. Here, in one of the most pristine river valleys on the planet, a proposed open pit coal mine would disrupt a critical habitat migration corridor and pollute the headwaters of Glacier National Park in the US.