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Opening of the 2020VISION Open-air Street Gallery Exhibition

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Wild Scotland today attended the opening of the 2020VISION open-air street gallery exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

After 20 long months in the field capturing a stunning set of images, this exhibition brings together the very best images from the 2020VISION collection telling the story of the UK’s ecosystems and the services they provide.  This high quality large-format open-air exhibition is part of the 2020VISION Roadshow and will be in situ at RBGE’s John Hope Gateway  until 30 September 2012.  The roadshow will then tour the UK  between now and 2015, communicating to millions of people the link between restoring and reconnecting our fragmented wild places and our own well being – to show that healthy ecosystems are not just good for wildlife, but are something we all depend upon.

Professor Steve Blackmore, RBGE’s Regius Keeper, has welcomed the exhibition, saying: “These beautiful images remind us just how important our natural heritage in the quality of our lives. I hope they will cause everyone who sees them to reflect on what more they can do to cherish and protect nature.”

2020 Vision 2In addition to the 20 strong pro photographer team, including Andy Rouse and Joe Cornish, 20 young photographers have also been busy shooting images over the last 20 months.  Mentored by the pro-team, these “Young Champions” provide a link to the next generation of decision makers, who by 2020 will be dealing with the legacy of what we do today.  Young Champion, Katrina Martin, who will speak at the exhibition launch about her involvement in the project, said: “This is the first time so many top photographers have come together to speak on behalf of conservation and it’s been very exciting for me to be part of that team”.

2020VISION is a collaborative project, working alongside many partners, such as RBGE, Scottish Natural Heritage and Nature Picture Library, to tell this vital story.  To find out more about the project visit the website.

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