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Visual services

Our visuals and media programme is the world’s only evidence-based initiative focused on how to effectively communicate climate change through photography.

We launched Climate Visuals in 2015 by fusing international social science research, expertise and industry insights to strategically improve the working practices of communicators across the world. Since then we have grown our research base, expanded our image reference library and transformed the way millions of people see climate change.

The research that Climate Visuals has undertaken really helped to inform us on reader engagement and impact and has provoked a conversation on the topic that has reached far beyond the editorial considerations of our organisation."

Fiona Shields, Head of Photography, The Guardian

Our specialist team delivers:

Content curation, sourcing and art buying 

Combining our Climate Visuals evidence base and an industry perspective, we are uniquely positioned to make informed and impactful decisions around climate change imagery. Through our broad network of photography partners, agencies, image libraries and contributors, we have access to hundreds of thousands of images and narratives covering climate solutions, impacts and causes. 

Tailored to our client’s brief and budget, we research, curate and license the best in environmental and climate change photography. The hi-res images are then made available as fully licensed content with accompanying captions and copy.

Our insights can be deployed to produce bespoke stock library collections, editorial or commercial collections, brand guidelines or public exhibitions. We’ve also helped judge photography competitions. 

January 2019 - Sayung subdistrict, Demak, Central Java, Indonesia. A boy lies down on a broken village road. It was destroyed by abrasion due to rising sea levels.

Photography commissioning and art direction

The most powerful, bespoke and cost-effective way to source photography for a project could be an original commission. We have extensive experience developing photographic briefs and expanding and researching concepts for maximum relevance and impact. Our project managers have links to global photographers to facilitate the production, realisation and delivery of images.

A crab picker at MeTompkins Seafood in Crisfield works through her never-ending pile of the famous Maryland Blue Crab. This picking house is one of the last on the bay, and with less watermen catching, all the industries in the former "Sea Food Capital of the World" are threatened.

Consultancy and bespoke partnerships

The Climate Visuals team has developed an extensive base of evidence and experience in climate change imagery through a history of collaborations on varying scales and budgets. 

We are always looking for new and exciting opportunities to partner, consult and further our goal of improving climate change imagery through measurable impact. 

Barry Aliman fetches water for her family in a village near Boromo, Burkina Faso.

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Organisations we’ve provided visual services to include:

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