Eco Photography Puts the Focus on Conservation

August 3, 2011

By Barbara Goldman

Jerry and Marcy Monkman/Eco Photography

Early morning on a farm in Hadley, Massachusetts.  Corn- Summer Holyoke Range

Eco Photography, founded by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, celebrates its 18th anniversary this year.  EcoPhotography features the distinctive adventure, nature and travel work of this husband and wife photography team, who are known for their conservation work in New England’s wild places.

They have spent the last fifteen years documenting the mountains, forests, and coastlines that define the region.  Since 2000, they have created photography for more than 120 land-conservation projects with man of those projects resulting in the protection of several hundred thousand acres of open space in the New England region.

In 2002, the Monkmans received a communications award by the Northern Forest Alliance in recognition of their “vision and excellence in chronicling the story of the Northern Forest through photography.” Staying true to their mission of “promoting ecological awareness through creative photography,” their images have contributed to raising awareness and funds to protect a diverse collection of wild places, from a small Connecticut trout stream not far from New York City, to New Hampshire’s Great Bay, to Maine’s Katahdin Lake in the Northern Forest.

During the last 18 months, Jerry Monkman has added  multimedia to his repertoire. He has produced conservation stories in a series of short documentaries, which have described issues such as conservation in the Connecticut River watershed, the dismantling of a dam on a New Hampshire river and the restoration efforts underway to protect endangered populations of New England cottontail rabbits. His short film, The Anderson Farm, was recently screened at the Whaleback Environmental Film and Arts Festival in Portsmouth, NH, while Freeing the Ashuelot was shown at the National River Rally in North Charleston, SC. With the addition of motion to their projects, the Monkmans will now be offering stock video footage to commercial and editorial clients.

In addition to multimedia projects, the Monkmans are also the authors of eight books about New England and have recently completed work on The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photograpy, due to hit store shelves in October 2011. The book details Jerry Monkman’s approach to nature and adventure photography, both in the field and in the digital darkroom.

Their work has appeared in such worldwide celebrated publications as National Geographic Adventure, Audubon, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, Outdoor Photographer and Yankee Magazine. Jerry Monkman serves on the board of directors of the North American Nature Photography Association, and since July 2009, he has been writing a blog for

The Monkmans are based on the New Hampshire Seacoast and continue to successfully provide rights-managed imagery and multimedia stories of New England nature and adventure to commercial, editorial, and NGO clients. You can see more of their film work  and mulitmedia projects here.