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About Kike Calvo
Kike Calvo is an award-winning photographer, journalist, and author focused on culture and the environment. He is also a National Geographic Certified Educator.
Kike has been on assignment in dozens of countries, working on stories as varied as belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike's images have been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. His images are represented by AP Images and Redux Pictures.
Kike is pioneering the use of small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. In 2019, his early work with drones was profiled as “genius” in the 2019 National Geographic Almanac. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. He has authored eleven books, including Drones for Conservation; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. In 2018, Kike launched “The Adventures of Pili” project, with the mission to create books and other educational materials that will increase children’s awareness of global environmental issues and foster multi-lingual literacy. Partnering with local NGOs, and adding the support of companies and readers, to the date, 5,000 free bilingual books have been given to kids living in remote communities around the world.
Kike has been part of scientific river expeditions in Colombia, Brazil, and Peru. Over the years, he has joined numerous National Geographic Expeditions—from Spain and Patagonia to Costa Rica and the Amazon. He also enjoys teaching photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. In 2020, 2021, and 2022, he was granted a Safina Center Fellowship.
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“Pili imagines a peaceful place in the world for children. Her plan: it will be a forest reserve, and it will be in Colombia. This is not an easy goal for a little girl to accomplish. But Pili is determined; somehow, she will get this done! ”
“The children of the world—and little girls in particular—can use a few positive messages that will inspire them to aspire. This book has many such messages, tucked into a sweet, beautifully illustrated near-to-life narrative like little folded love-notes.”
~ Carl Safina
Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity, Stony Brook University
Founder, The Safina Center
Author, Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel
► Hand-in-hand with Pili, the reader discovers the adventures of a little girl who travels the world with her dad, National Geographic Image Collection photographer Kike Calvo. In this brilliantly illustrated book, Pili, the Little Explorer, follows her dreams all the way from New York City to the Colombian rainforest. The core message of this Little Explorer, Big World series is environmental conservation and sustainability. It tackles the concepts of cultural diversity and empowerment, global readiness and peace, entrepreneurship, and climate change. Les enfants du monde entier - et les petites filles en particulier - peuvent utiliser quelques messages positifs qui les inciteront à se dépasser. Ce livre contient de nombreux messages de ce type, insérés dans un récit doux et magnifiquement illustré, proche de la vie, comme des petits billets d'amour pliés.
capacity that main frame computers did when I was a graduate student. Molecular
biology uses technology that changes on almost a daily basis.
And now drones are upon us. Their ubiquity and uses proliferate faster than
needed good sense of where they are appropriate and when not. But what about
clear positives, like aiding conservation?
Drones for Conservation is essentially just in its infancy, but while we can lament
the possible consequent avoidance of a good slog of a field study, we can already
see multiple benefits falling from the skies as it were. Yes there are insights that
can only come from careful on the ground field research, but the ability of drones
to soar over the conservation priority at hand is rapidly empowering conservation
and conservation science.
Kike Calvo, a highly talented National Geographic Creative photographer and
conservationist, had the prescience to understand the potential of drones. And much
as the photographer that he is likes to share his images, Kike as a conservationist,
has generously created this book to share some early and great examples in which
conservation has benefited from this 21st century emerging technology.
So Drones for Conservation is very much a first. With actual examples from around
the world, it also has very practical sections on how to use drones effectively - as
usual there is never a substitute for carefully thinking out a project in advance.
This comes at a time when the pressure on nature and biological diversity is
unprecedented, and, unfortunately, accelerating. So anything technology can do
to make the collective conservation enterprise more effective is highly welcome
and will benefit future generations.
The conservation and science conservation community owe a debt of gratitude
for this energetic young photographer and conservationist. Knowing him, the
preferred form of payment is in conservation and science.
Thomas E. Lovejoy
University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
George Mason University
National Geographic Conservation Fellow
This is a classic First Words book with a modern twist. Little explorers will love practicing their first words while learning about sustainability in this brightly illustrated book. This series invites parents to have conversations with their children using a thoughtfully curated collection of very simple words grouped around sustainability concepts.