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 Guyana, 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
MYN / JP Lawrence / Eastern box turtle (Terrepene carolina carolina) Pine Mountain State Park, Kentucky, USA. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / JP Lawrence / Loreto white-lipped frog (Leptodactylus rhodomystax) San Jose de Payamino, Ecuador. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Niall Benvie / Composite of many different species of plants, insects spiders and Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis) from Preporche, Burgundy, France, April. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Paul Harcourt Davies / Yellow Ophrys (Ophrys lutea) in flower, near Monte St Angelo, Gargano, Italy, April. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Marko Masterl / Large-leaved Lime (Tilia platyphyllos) in flower, Slovenia, Europe, May. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Paul Harcourt Davies / Caterpillar larva of Southern festoon butterfly (Zerynthia polyxena cassandra) on foodplant (Aristolochia rotundifolia) Italy, May. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Paul Harcourt Davies / Horsefly (Tabanus bovinus) close up of male feeding on fennel flower nectar (the females are blood suckers) Lazio, Italy, July. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Andrew Snyder / Long-horned Beetle (Macrodontia cervicornis), Berbice River, Guyana, September. Meetyourneighbours.net project.
MYN / Brady Beck / Close up of mouthparts of Funnel weaver spider (Tegenaria sp) Scotland County, North Carolina, USA, June, meetyourneighboursproject.net
MYN / Paul Harcourt Davies / Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) defensive display on flowers, Orvieto, Italy. October. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Marc Pihet / Seven spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) composite showing take off, Maine-et-Loire, France, September. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Gil Wizen / Larva of thread-wing lacewing (Dielocroce hebraea) These insects are found only inside desert caves, usually buried in the fine dust on the cave's floor waiting for unsuspecting soft-bodied prey insec...
MYN / JP Lawrence / Wood-eating cockroach (Cryptocercus punctulatus) Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, USA, September. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Piotr Naskrecki / Long legged fly (Condylostylus sp) portrait, Concord, Massachusetts, USA, June. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / JP Lawrence / Velvet ant (Dasymutilla quadriguttata) Oxford, Mississippi, USA. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Pierre Escoubas / European hornet (Vespa crabro) Valbonne, France, July. Meetyourneighbours.net project.
MYN / Joris van Alphen / Carpenter bee (Xylocopa myops) female, Crocker Range, Borneo, Malaysia. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Pierre Escoubas / Tarantula hawk wasp (Pepsis sp) Kaw, French Guiana, November. Meetyourneighbours.net project.
MYN / Piotr Naskrecki / Treehopper (Membracidae) Concord, Massachusetts, USA, June. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Gil Wizen / Kissing bug (Rhodnius pictipes), an important vector in the spread of Chagas disease. Jatun Sacha Biological Station, Napo province, Amazon basin, Ecuador. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Gil Wizen / Human botfly (Dermatobia hominis), adult, lateral view. Cayo District, Belize Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Piotr Naskrecki / Ant nest beetle (Pausssinae sp) Costa Rica, meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Marko Masterl / Large Pine Weevil (Hylobius abietis), Slovenia, Europe, July, meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / JP Lawrence / Peacock katydid (Pterochroza ocellata) in threat display, San Jose de Payamino, Ecuador. Meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Jerry Monkman / American painted lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) Rye, New Hampshire, USA, September. meetyourneighbours.net project
MYN / Gil Wizen / Human botfly (Dermatobia hominis), adult and larva. Cayo District, Belize. Composite image. Meetyourneighbours.net project