Anthony Ochieng Onyango
Author: Gabriel Ooko
2022

Anthony Ochieng Onyango

Photographer

Centering African stories in conservation

meet anthony

Anthony Ochieng Onyango is a wildlife ecologist, educator, award-winning conservation photographer and filmmaker who is based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work is focused on conservation content development that inspires action across all ages and backgrounds. He is the founder of Tonywild, a platform that uses visuals to create awareness on conservation, and Biophilic Conversations, a platform that empowers young people toward conservation careers. Among other awards and honors, he is a Infonile’s Everydaynile Photojournalism Fellow 2021, Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow 2020, and Nature Environment Wildlife Filmmakers Pitch Winner 2020.

Centering African stories in conservation
Nominated by: Buffy Redsecker MR'19
Class of 2022 Location Kenya
Daraja Academy
Daraja Academy Author: N Otieno

Conservation science, photography and film are big aspects of TonyWild. Our projects go beyond creating environmental awareness to nurturing and educating people to appreciate wildlife and nature. especially youth. These include the Visual Ecological Literacy program, Wildlife is Life campaign and the MITIgation project. Through our Visual Ecological Literacy program, we showcase images of wildlife and human-wildlife interactions in and around schools in Kenya and use them to teach about wildlife conservation and its importance to society. We have trained twenty-five young people in conservation photography and storytelling in partnership with conservation stakeholders in Kenya and Africa. Our MITIgation project focuses on ecological restoration by inspiring young people to become the conservation philanthropists of the future.

“Conservation should be part of everyone’s role and responsibility.”

- Anthony Ochieng Onyango
Anthony in the field
Anthony in the field Author: Diana Jim

For a very long time, conservation in Africa has been centered on individuals or groups of people rather than on communities living with wildlife and young people. This should not be the case. Conservation should be part of everyone’s role and responsibility. This can be done through storytelling. Conservation in Africa has always been shared from points of view other than those of the people who have lived with the wildlife for centuries. This has led to the near loss of conservation stories based on local communities, cultural behavior, and indigenous knowledge among today’s generation of Africans. It has also led to negative attitudes towards wildlife and nature and a lack of political goodwill to protect wildlife and wild spaces.

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