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About Climate Visuals

Photo credit: Aji Styawan/Getty Images Climate Visuals Grant recipient


Two maintenance men work on a wind turbine in northern Poland near Kobylnica during the winter. This photo of experts at work shows an unusual perspective on wind turbines, and is likely to be seen as credible and authentic. Robert van Waarden / Aurora Photos

Every day, thousands of images of climate change are shared around the world.  

A more compelling and diverse visual language for climate change is urgently required, so Climate Outreach created, an evidence-based image library to compliment our range of bespoke photography, visual services and partnerships.  

Based on international social research in Europe and the US, this unique resource offers seven core principles for effective visual communication, plus a library of images. Climate Visuals aims to strategically change the working practices of influential visual communicators across the world, to catalyse a new - more compelling and diverse - visual language for climate change.

This website contains a growing library of photographs to provide inspiration and guidance for campaigners, picture editors and communications practitioners selecting imagery for communicating climate change. All images are captioned with an explanation of how they fit with the seven Climate Visuals principles, and why they work. Each image is linked to its original source and many are available to download for free under Creative Commons licenses for use in blogs, articles and campaigns.

Wondering where to begin? Go to How to use the Climate Visuals website to get started.

The Climate Visuals Team

Toby Smith is the Visuals and Media Programme Lead with a strategic goal of expanding our presence, influence and impact in the visual and media sectors. Toby joins us with over 12 years experience as an award-winning Environmental Photographer who focuses on building innovative, global stories through collaboration and publication in leading editorial outlets.   Toby graduated with a Masters in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008 after spending 2 years working across Africa utilising his bachelors degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. He is an Associate Scholar of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and lives near Stroud with his wife and son.

Joel Silver,  Partnerships Manager

Joel Silver has an academic background in Geography; having studied at the University of Ottawa and Royal Holloway, University of London. Joel joins the team with experience in Account Management, Corporate Partnerships and Marketing, having previously worked across a number of agencies, and for The Drinkaware Trust, where he was a key player in the nationwide delivery of a vulnerability training scheme across the night time economy. Outside of work, Joel can be found brewing (and occasionally enjoying) beer, recording podcasts, escaping from locked rooms (the game kind), and generally being disappointed by the football scores.

Victoria Gimigliano works as the Climate Visuals Communications Coordinator.  Previously, she has worked in marketing for both the private and public sector. In that time she gained a diploma in Digital Marketing from the Oxford College of Marketing. Her work has allowed her to work on campaigns promoting the reduction of carbon emissions within the automotive industry as well as working across multiple subject areas in academic publishing, including climate policy, at Taylor & Francis.  In her spare time, Victoria will be found on her family farm with her horses riding the Ridgeway.

Wendy Pye has joined the Climate Visuals team as a Picture researcher and website editor. Wendy has a varied career background and has over 20 years experience working as a freelance photographer. She has also worked as an editorial picture researcher, produced and managed major website design projects and has also been involved in short film production for various organizations and charities. She is a lecturer in Photography and Visual Arts at The University of Sussex. She graduated with a masters in Photographic Arts from The London College of Communication in 2008 and regularly exhibits and publishes her personal project work that is inspired by narratives associated with ‘sense of place’ and landscape.

Adam Corner is our Director of Programmes and Research, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Adam manages Climate Outreach's research portfolio, directs Climate Outreach's collaborations with academic partners. Adam lead-authored a book 'Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement', has published widely in academic journals, and writes regularly for international media, including The Guardian and New Scientist magazine. 


Léane de Laigue brings 15 years of international experience in environmental education, communication and marketing. Prior to joining Climate Outreach, she lived in Vancouver where she worked at the David Suzuki Foundation as well as taught an Environmental Studies class at a secondary school. Before that, she worked in London as a Marketing Manager for Johnson & Johnson. She holds a Master’s in Environment & Management and a B Ed (Canada), an MBA in Marketing (US) and a B.A in Humanities (France). She is a native speaker of English and French. In her spare time she can be found climbing mountains, kayaking and sometimes even unicycling.


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