In the tradition of the Day in a Life series and Jim Brandenburg's Chased By The Light, Daybreak 2000 offers nature, photography and book lovers with a breath-taking collection of photos all taken between midnight and noon on New Year's Day morning. With tripods set at nearly opposite ends of the world, photographers such as Art Wolfe (Australia's Uluru monolith) and Hans Strand (Sweden's Baltic Sea coast) expect to capture sharply different images of nature on the first day of a new era.
"On a day when the world's attention is focused on whether computers are working, Daybreak 2000 photographers will focus on the timeless wonder of nature -- deserts, forests, mountains, oceans, plants and wildlife, said project creator and editor Roger Tefft. "It is our hope that images like those made during the first day of 2000 can be made again during the first day of 3000 and beyond."
The team of participating photographers will be scattered at worldwide sites including wildlife refuges and national parks in over 27 countries from Argentina and China to England, the United States and Zimbabwe. Some of the photographers participating in the project include master landscape photographer David Muench (Santa Barbara, CA), who will be photographing in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains; wildlife photographer Heather Angel (United Kingdom); adventure-nature photographer Galen Rowell (Emeryville, CA), who will record one of the first images of the new year from the Fiji Islands, and Jim Brandenburg (Ely, MN) who will capture the dawn from Minnesota's acclaimed Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A complete list of photographers and locations is attached.
"Part of the mystery of Daybreak 2000 is that no one knows for certain what the photographers will find," said Tefft. "We will succeed if the images from this project inspire our descendents to nurture Earth's precious places for the benefit of future generations."
In addition to the captivating images, each photographer will provide a thoughtful caption about the photo, the location and his or her impressions, reflections and emotions at that moment. From those photos and captions a 144-page book will be designed and printed as a hardcover coffee-table book.
"Most photography books take at least 8-12 months to produce -- from the photography phase to designing and printing the book," said Don Oster, executive editor at Creative Publishing international. "This book will be photographed, designed, printed and available for purchase in bookstores everywhere in less than six weeks - making it one of the first new books of the 21st century."
Subjects with a millennium tie-in include thousand-year old trees, such as the towering redwoods of northern California, to be photographed by veteran landscape photographer Larry Ulrich, and Africa's ancient baobab trees-some of which have stood for over 3,000 years - an assignment chosen by 72-year old photographer Darrel Plowes of Zimbabwe.
In order to ensure the success of the project, Tefft has engaged the support of three corporate sponsors. Fuji Film has provided all the film for the project, Fed Ex will coordinate the rapid delivery of film from over 100 worldwide locations, and A&I Color will develop and prepare the film for publishing.
Roger Tefft was born in California in 1968 and raised in Eugene Oregon, where he learned the fundamentals of photography in junior high school, and as a staff photographer for North Eugene High Schools' student newspaper. Roger attended college at the University of Southern California, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism. While at USC, he studied exposure and darkroom techniques for both black and white and color photography offers through USC's cinema school, and he contributed images to USC's yearbook and the student newspaper, the Daily Trojan. He also wrote for the Daily Trojan, and he served as its city editor during his last semester as an undergraduate. Following college, Roger for more than three years was a staff writer an photographer for three southern California-based regional biweekly and monthly magazines serving the recreational boating community, including Sea magazine. He was the associate editor for Sea's Waterfront News before returning to USC to attend law school in August 1997. Roger conceived Daybreak 2000-the first one-day global photo shoot dedicated to the subject of Earth's natural world-a project on which he is collaborating with more than 100 professional nature and wildlife photographers in 28 countries. Since April 1998, Roger has also practiced real estate transactional law in Orange County, California. He lives in Long Beach, with his wife Lesley who is also an attorney.