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.
Meet Your Neighbours images have an instantly recognizable look. Each subject is photographed on location in a field studio. A brilliantly-lit white background removes the context, encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species. Their own form constitutes the composition. Seen this way, animals and plants we thought we knew reveal another side of themselves, encourage a second glance, perhaps even renewed interest. The initiative engages photographers from around the world to celebrate these animals and ask people in their communities to “go meet your neighbours”. The project's aim is to build coverage of neighbourhood wildlife, especially overlooked plants and animals, from around the world, all shot to the Meet Your Neighbours standard. Currently, more than 70 photographers contribute to the Meet Your Neighbours collection.
MYN / Marko Masterl / Field studio set up to photograph Henbane bell (Scopolia carniolica) Slovenia, Europe, April. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Paul Harcourt Davies / Lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) one of the rarest and loveliest of all European orchids protected everywhere, Abruzzo, Italy, June. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Jerry Monkman / Acadian hermit crab (Pagurus acadianus) emerging from shell, Rye, New Hampshire, USA, January. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Piotr Naskrecki / Long-horned beetle (Cerambycidae) Costa Rica. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Paul Harcourt Davies / Common Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) in garden, Orvieto, Italy. October. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / David Wong / Carpenter ant (Campomotus sp) Canberra, ACT, Australia, July. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Tim Hunt / Composite of Caddisfly (Trichoptera) larva and cases, Worcestershire, England, UK, May.
MYN / Tim Hunt / Meet Your Neighbours field studio to take photograph of Bank vole (Clethrionomys glareolus) on blackberries at night, Worcestershire, UK, August. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Andrew Snyder / Yellow-shouldered bat (Sturnira tildae) Iwokrama, Guyana. Meetyourneighbours.net projectJuly, 2013
MYN / Seth Patterson / Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) perched, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA, September. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / JP Lawrence / Dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) captive, occurs in Guiana, Suriname, Brazil, and French Guiana. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Clay Bolt / Virginia opposum (Didelphis virginia) orphan in rehabilitation, Southern Appalachians, South Carolina, United States, April. Meetyourneighbours.net project