Patricio Robles Gil, the photographer members of the IEPA, International Environment Photographers Association.

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Patricio Robles Gil

Patricio Robles Gil has become synonymous with conservation photography. From the creation of two of Mexico's most successful conservation organizations, Agrupacion Sierra Madre and Unidos para la Conservacion, to his leadership in helping CEMEX, the second largest cement company in the world, become a major player in the conservation arena and a global corporate leader in conservation, Patricio has been a key player and a visionary for a new conservation model that involves the commitment of private citizens, corporate leaders, governments, and non governmental organizations.

His success as a photographer is evident in the many books and exhibits that showcase his work around the world, but his most remarkable successes are perhaps in conservation and include the successful captive breeding and eventual reintroduction of big horn sheep and pronghorn to privately-owned lands where these species had gone locally extinct; A gift of courage and determination for a country that had lost part of its natural heritage.

Today he continues to work on promoting large scale initiatives like the creation of a large transboundary conservation area between El Area de Proteccion Maderas del Carmen in Mexico, owned by Cemex, and Big Bend National Park, while at the same time he continues his conservation efforts to protect jaguars, eagles, bears and other species all over Mexico.

Patricio was awarded the prestigious "Photographer of the Year" Award by the North American Nature Photography Association, a title he shares with other outstanding photographers, like Robert Glen Ketchum, Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting, but beyond his undisputed talents as one of the world's best nature photographers, is his willingness to step out from behind the tripod to become one of the Mexico's and indeed the world's most influential conservation leaders.


Title: Female Jungle Fowl

All over the world the domestic cousins of the junglefowl are a common sight in farms and ranches. We are use to them; their images don't give us any sense of Wild Nature. Southeast Asia lowland forest are their original habitat, where they roam free, it is exciting to see them flying to the treetops to avoid danger.

I enjoy photographing fogy environments, they help me to get rid of unwanted backgrounds and give the image of a mysterious depth of fill. One early morning in the Himalaya foothills a female jungelfowl gave me just a few seconds to capture this image that brings me, the feeling and essences of a Wild Land.

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