In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians and Other Stories
How do we engage a public, increasingly disempowered by prophecies of inevitable doom and gloom, in conservation?
In a bid to tap into our thirst for adventure and discovery, Moore spearheaded in 2010 The Search for Lost Frogs, a campaign that sent more than thirty teams into twenty countries in search of frogs, salamanders and caecilians unseen in decades. The quest led to more than a dozen rediscoveries and a flurry of attention. As the Economist put it, "Frogs got more media scrutiny than at any time since Noah's Ark." It had rapidly become, according to Mongabay, "one of conservation's most exciting expeditions." Stories of rediscovery transformed amphibians from symbols of extinction to symbols of hope in Israel, Haiti, and beyond, and inspired a book - a narrative of his journey wrapped around over 400 eye-popping images of frogs. In Search of Lost Frogs was featured as one of the Guardian's Best Nature Books of 2014, Mother Nature Network's Best Conservation Photography Books of 2014 and one of The Dodo's "14 Books That Changed The Way We Think About Animals."
Inspired by the success of the Search for Lost Frogs, Moore spearheaded two more initiatives using photography and visual storytelling to engage people in conservation. He will show images from his series Metamorphosis, a unique visual campaign blending science and art to explore our connection with amphibians, and talk about Frame of Mind, a program to connect youth in Haiti with their environment through photography and visual storytelling. Together, these three approaches strive to engage and reconnect us with our natural world and some of its most imperiled inhabitants.