By Heather Graulich
Neil Ever Osborne, a specialist in conservation photography based in Canada, successfully raised over $11,000 in about two months for his project on Emphas.is, “Return of the Black Turtle.”
He says partnering with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, a marine scientist, effectively doubled the networking potential for the project.
“I believe our backers also had a strong affinity for the narrative of the Grupo Tortuguero – a grass roots organization changing the conservation landscape in Mexico,” says Osborne, who is also a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. “Their story is truly a positive one and in a realm where we typically only see and hear negativity in the media, I think backers found this refreshing. The one thing that is clear to me is that crowdfunding begins and ends with your close colleagues and friends.”
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