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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 15 Oct '18
World-class wildlife photographers unite to present Remembering Great Apes
In celebration of the release of Remembering Great Apes, a stunning book full of powerful images of apes taken by over 70 of the world’s top wildlife photographers – the book’s collaborators are hosting two events in London to help raise vital funds for international wildlife charity Born Free.
From Monday 15 to Saturday 27 October, a free exhibition will take place at La Galleria, Pall Mall. Running from 10.00 to 17.00 each day, the exhibition is an unmissable opportunity for the public to view the exquisite imagery of gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos – from photographers such as Art Wolfe, Brent Stirton, Frans Lanting and Jonathan & Angela Scott – and purchase limited edition prints and copies of the book.
Talk and auction
The main fundraising event will then take place on Thursday 18 October, when the Royal Geographic Society will play host to an incredible conservation talk and auction hosted by Born Free’s consultant, Ian Redmond OBE (tickets from £25).
Sponsored by PhotoGuard, the specialist insurer for amateur and professional photographers, many of the photographers whose work features in Remembering Great Apes will be at the event to sign copies.
The compère for the evening will be Remembering Wildlife founder and photographer Margot Raggett, with guest speakers Ofir Drori, who is founder of wildlife crime investigation unit EAGLE, the wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman, and primatologist Dr Cheryl Knott.
The event will then culminate in an auction of some of the images from the book, as well as a few other unique items, including an original orangutan watercolour by wildlife artist Karen Laurence-Rowe.
£320k for conservation
To date, following the success of Remembering Elephants in 2016 and Remembering Rhinos in 2017, the beautiful photographic books have raised an astonishing £320,000 for Born Free’s vital conservation work.
All profits from the sale of Remembering Great Apes will go towards the charity’s great ape conservation in Africa and Asia.
The Remembering Wildlife series has gained widespread support from a host of celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Pierce Brosnan, Kristin Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joanna Lumley, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, and Katherine Jenkins, who all posed with their copy of the book as part of a social media campaign on World Gorilla Day on 24 September 2018.