Founded in 2009, Meet Your Neighbours is a worldwide photographic initiative created by Niall Benvie and Clay Bolt. The project is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps – and enriching their lives in the process. These creatures and plants are vital to people: they represent the first, and for some, the only contact with wild nature we have. Yet too often they are overlooked, undervalued.
The initiative engages photographers from around the world to celebrate these animals and ask people in their communities to “go meet your neighbours”. Some have partnered with local conservation NGO’s who support their work and, by using it as part of their outreach effort, ensure that it is seen. Others shoot independently and contribute their work on a profit-sharing basis to the branded Meet Your Neighbours collection with Bristol, UK, -based Nature Picture Library.