James Balog ’74, director of the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), became the first-ever recipient of the International League of Conservation Photographers League Award. Given on November 8 at the Wild Foundation’s Wild9 conference in Mérida, Mexico, the award honors the contributions of an iLCP member whose work embodies the ideals of conservation photography.
“Jim’s work is a testament to the important role photography can play to reveal some of the most pressing environmental issues of our times.”
—Cristina Mittermeier, Executive Director, iLCP
In accepting the award, Balog proposed that conservation photography may not be an individual creative act: “All of us live and work in a cultural moment. No matter how much we might resist it, we are always part of our historical context … Our creativity, solitary as it can seem, is not just an expression of whatever personal needs and desires we might have, but an expression of something that needs to happen right now. The world speaks through us, through the camera. We are vehicles for that which needs to be done, for that which needs to be said.”
James Balog is a graduate of Boston College from the class of 1974 and received the Arts Council Alumni Award for distinguished achievement in 2005. James Balog’s web site