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2012 International Conservation Photography Awards

Known for his passionate advocacy of the environment, nature photographer Art Wolfe created a conservation-themed photo contest in 1997 as "an event for the advancement of photography as a unique medium capable of bringing awareness and preservation to our environment through art."

The 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards) is a continuation of Wolfe's vision and has become a biennial international event. Each year the ICP Awards reaches photographers from around the world whose work engages diverse topics with stunning results.

For 2012, up to 100 photographs were selected in ten different categories from the thousands entered, and of those, the top photo contest winners will tour the country following the full display at the Burke Museum from June 30 – November 25, 2012.

To enhance the exhibit with a local flare, host institutions will be encouraged to conduct and showcase their own photo contest to spotlight an at risk environment in their community.

2012 International Conservation Photography Awards is a traveling exhibit toured by the Burke Museum Traveling Exhibits Service, University of Washington. 

View the 2012 winners by category

Itinerary and Availability Information

Exhibit Specifications:


40 framed photographs, captions, 10 category panels, and 1 introduction/credit banner

Participation Fee

$2,750 for a 12-week booking plus the cost of inbound shipping

Exhibit Support

Educational and programming resources, publicity kit, and exhibit technical manual sent in advance to receiving the show


Approx. 1,200 square feet [160 linear feet]


2 est.


700 pounds, est.




Inbound – Note: Additional shipping and/or custom fees apply for venues in Alaska and Canada

Tour Begins

February 2013

Eye to Eye. Air Station Prairie, Glenview, IL.
Carol Freeman – 3rd Place Wildlife
School of Life. Sea of Cortez, Baja California (Mexico).
Cristobal Serrano – 1st Place Underwater

Exhibit Support and Registrarial Requirements

As a host of 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards, you will receive the following:

  • Complete registrarial information
  • Complete shipping, handling, and installation instructions
  • Public relations support in the form of  digital press releases, images, and logos; digital graphic templates of promotional materials; and advice on promoting the show
  • Educational and programming resources

Registrarial Requirements
This exhibit has been designated Moderate security. It contains wall-hung elements consisting of 25 framed color photographic prints, text panels, and captions.


  • Venues must have a limited-access gallery of sufficient area and wall space to accommodate the exhibition. An open mall, hallway, or lounge area is not acceptable.
  • Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited in the exhibition area, exhibitor receiving, and staging spaces.
  • No part of the exhibition may be stored, crated, or moved off the premises without prior authorization from the Burke Museum. Empty crates for all exhibit contents must be stored in secured, pest-free, and fire-protected storage.


  • Trained professional guards and/or personnel must be present in sufficient numbers to protect the exhibition adequately throughout the time it is on site (during truck off-loading, unpacking, installation, deinstallation, repacking, and truck loading) and on view.
  • The exhibition area must be locked and secured during closed hours. Alarms and/or guards during closed hours are preferred but not required.
  • Functioning fire-prevention systems and other fire-protection devices that meet local ordinances must be available in the exhibition, staging, and storage spaces.

Environmental Controls

  • The exhibition, staging, and storage areas should have a temperature range of 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity range of 40-60% relative humidity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Venues without an HVAC system will need to provide climate data that reports consistent environmental conditions.
  • The venue must have environmental recording equipment (hygrothermographs or dataloggers) in the exhibition, staging, and storage areas. A member of the collections management or registration staff must make routine checks of the exhibition.
  • There must be no direct sunlight in the exhibition, staging, or storage areas. It should be diffused or eliminated. Light levels must be limited to 20 foot-candles. Light must be filtered for UV.

Exhibition Care

  • Handling of all exhibit contents during unpacking, installation, deinstallation, and repacking must be done by curatorial, registrarial, or by other trained and experienced museum professionals.
  • The exhibition may contain crates weighing up to 400 pounds. Venues will need to have the facility and staff or the ability to hire skilled personnel for crate delivery and movement.
  • The exhibition contents must be left in their crates for 24 hours before unpacking.

For more information, please contact:
Mark R. Hand
Traveling Exhibits Coordinator
Phone: 206-616-0268
E-mail: mrhand@u.washington.edu