NANPA Foundation Announces 2016 Recipient of the Philip Hyde Grant

Great blue heron on the Anacostia River.

Great blue heron on the Anacostia River. © Krista Schlyer

Award Highlights Use of Photography in Conservation Efforts

The NANPA Foundation is pleased to announce that Krista Schlyer of Mount Rainier, Maryland is the recipient of the 2016 Philip Hyde Grant for her work using photography and visual storytelling to draw attention to one of the United States’ most denuded river ecosystems: the Anacostia River. This $2,500 peer-reviewed grant is awarded annually by the NANPA Foundation to a nature photographer who is actively pursuing completion of an environmental project.

The award will help continue Schyler’s project which is to create a thorough documentation of the river from its deep biodiversity to the connection of people to this river system, as well as the past and ongoing threats to the river’s health and the solutions that promise a better future. Her documentation of the deforestation, agricultural and urban runoff, and toxic industry which has caused the deterioration of the river’s ecosystem began six years ago. The grant allows her to continue her work which will culminate in August 2018 with a photography/coffee table book, oral history, film, outdoor traveling exhibit and slideshow presentation.

A bald eagle on the Anacostia River, Washington DC.

A bald eagle on the Anacostia River, Washington DC. © Krista Schlyer

Since 1999, the Philip Hyde Grant has been made possible by individual donations to the NANPA Foundation. It is awarded by the NANPA Foundation to a NANPA member who is actively pursuing a peer-reviewed environmental project that is consistent with the missions of NANPA and the NANPA Foundation.

This grant was named for Philip J. Hyde who was the primary conservation photographer for the Sierra Club and became known for his color images of Western landscapes that became a weapon against environmental degradation. Photographers receiving the grant are following in his footsteps of environmental protection through photography.

North American beaver (Castor canadensis) on the Anacostia River, Washington DC metro region. USA. July 2014. Cropped

North American beaver (Castor canadensis) on the Anacostia River, Washington DC metro region. USA. July 2014. © Krista Schlyer

The NANPA Foundation initiates, partners, operates, and generates funding for projects that advance the awareness and appreciation of nature through photography. For information about the NANPA Foundation, visit its website at www.nanpafoundation.org.