Ian Shive wins Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography

I am proud and humbled to announce that the Sierra Club’s highest photography honor has been awarded to me, the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.This award honors an individual who has made superlative use of still photography to further a conservation cause.

It is humbling to be awarded anything that stems from such a luminary as Adams, but also by those who have been awarded this before me, photographers whose images sat as books on my shelves and hung on my walls as a teenager serving subconsciously perhaps as glints of the experiences I would one day seek out myself. The true reward might be to know that my images inspire the same one day.

The official award will be given out in San Francisco in late September at a ceremony hosted by Sierra. An award like this is not achieved alone, though. I want to thank all of you for your endless support, encouragement, assignments and at times, patience, as I tinkered with new technologies and experimental ways to reach new audiences. To receive this now is amazing. It feels like such an early stage of my career with so much more in front of me. I can’t wait to share that with you, too.

Without all of you, no goal would be attainable. We must all remember to work together the best we can and give all we have to this incredibly beautiful, wondrous place we call home. Earth.