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Climate Visuals Workshop: Time for a new visual language for climate change? Washington DC, September 21 2018

September 21 2018

13:30 - 18:30pm

Harmon Center, World Resources Institute, Washington DC

Do you work in climate change communication or campaigning, or are you a journalist or photographer looking to tell new visual stories on climate change?

Do you want to increase your knowledge about climate imagery, and learn the skills to catalyse a more diverse and compelling visual language for climate change?

The Climate Visuals workshop takes place on Friday 21 September, 13:30-18:30, hosted by the World Resources Institute Global Climate Change Program. Led by Adam Corner (Director of the Climate Visuals programme at Climate Outreach), the half-day event will include perspectives and insights from leading experts in climate photography and communication. Registration and welcome refreshments from 13:00, with a networking reception and complimentary drinks after the event from 17:30.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for communications professionals (from NGOs and commercial organisations), journalists, social science researchers and photographers who want to develop a more diverse visual language for climate change.

The workshop is the fifth in a series of international events delivered through the ‘Climate Visuals’ programme. Climate Visuals is a flagship project from Climate Outreach that seeks to build a global community of visual communicators and support influential voices to tell powerful new visual stories. We’re looking for motivated and open-minded participants to take the first steps towards catalysing a new visual language for climate change.

At the Climate Visuals Workshop you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the Climate Visuals approach, the audience-research underpinning it, and the wider evidence base on visual climate change communication through photographic imagery
  • Apply this learning by critically exploring case studies and previous campaigns
  • Hear from a variety of experts in different fields
  • Learn skills to design and deliver effective communication through climate photography

Watch this 4-minute video to hear from participants who attended our London workshop last year.

Climate Visuals London Masterclass: catalysing a new visual language for climate change

Meet our speakers

Adam Corner is the Research Director at Climate Outreach and Director of the Climate Visuals programme, aimed at transforming the visual language of climate change. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Adam manages Climate Outreach's research portfolio and directs Climate Outreach's collaborations with academic partners. He writes regularly for the national media, including The Guardian and New Scientist magazine. He is the co-author, with Jamie Clarke, of Talking Climate: From Research to Practice in Public Engagement, published in November 2016. Follow him on Twitter @AJCorner

Adam will facilitate the workshop, leading discussions with participants, and his presentations will focus on the research behind the Climate Visuals programme (7 principles for a more compelling visual language) and how to apply it in practice.


Jennifer Anna is the photo and digital asset manager for the World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC.  She has worked with image licensing agencies, advertising and marketing and communications teams to build their visual libraries.

Her current role involves working with communication and production teams and freelance photographers to tell the story of World Wildlife Fund’s conservation work. 


Dennis Dimick is co-founder of EyesOn.Earth, an educational project with photographer Jim Richardson designed to inspire improved visual story-telling about environmental issues. He previously served as executive environment editor at National Geographic, where he led coverage of climate change, energy, population, and food security issues. He has served as a faculty member for 20 years at the Missouri Photo Workshop, and lectures regularly on the emerging Anthropocene, using images and graphics to make vivid the human transformation of the planet. He is on Twitter at @ddimick and @eyeson_earth or you can check out his website.

In a visually-driven presentation Dennis Dimick will trace the trajectory of photography as a tool for documenting environmental change and human impact on the environment. He will present visual case studies about climate change – its causes, effects, and responses – using photography and graphics. His goal will be to help you expand your imagination about possibilities and potential of photography and visuals for telling the story of climate change and human impact on the planet.


Cost and Registration

We are operating a tiered pricing system for this event. Ticket prices are as follows:

Individuals and NGOs/Organisations (turnover<$250,000): $ 90.00

NGOs/Organisations (turnover $250,000-$1 million): $ 110.00

Corporate entities and NGOs/Organisations (turnover > $1 million): $ 130.00

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