Amazon Headwaters

Locals Working Toward the Global


Bruce Farnsworth


Las cabeceras de las Amazonas: proyectos locales/diseños globales

Small groups of residents across the inhabited rainforests of the upper Amazon region are leading cutting-edge programs in research, conservation, education and sustainable economies. Their stories—in images and testimonials—need to be told.

Amazon Headwaters is a new turn in rainforest documentary coverage, complementing the popular focus on crises with a more positive paradigm, shining the spotlight on successful regional collaborations led by those closest to the land.

Tropical ecologists will tell you that one key to saving the rainforests is integrating the support of communities that adjoin large protected areas.  To encourage this support, local residents will be both the subject of and the first audiences for Amazon Headwaters, beginning with the production of major public exhibits hosted in rainforest gateway communities of Perú, Ecuador and Bolivia.

My photography and multimedia work—facilitated by conservation and media partners in the U.S, Europe and Latin America—will be geared to educational, editorial and exhibition outlets.  With these images, I will promote the contributions of families, women and youth to rainforest solutions, illustrate the application of traditional ecological knowledge in forest management, and feature environmental portraits of many individuals to celebrate their dedication to conservation.

Amazon Headwaters: Locals Working Toward the Global will show the real faces of rainforest protection in the species-rich communities of the upper Amazon.

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Bruce Farnsworth is a conservation photographer focusing on wildlife, sustainability initiatives and ecotourism in the upper Amazon basin.  Profound intercultural experiences and university degrees in zoology, environmental education and art influence his intimate and richly textured images.

Bruce’s feature and assignment credits include such leading magazines as Wilderness, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Nature Conservancy, and Harvard’s ReVista.  The U.S. National Park Service, National Audubon Society, San Diego Museum of Natural History and the Expo 2000 Worlds Fair have hosted his interpretive exhibits. He has been nominated to the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Bruce contributes to the leadership of three NGO's using photography for conservation education in tropical reserves.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for both the The Biodiversity Group and the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board for TheThird Millennium Alliance.

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