Ambitist supports the work of photographers, storytellers and explorers who capture our beautiful planet in a new light. We believe our ambassadors are positive role models to women (and men) around the world and exemplify change through the arts.
Fuelled by a fascination with the natural world, Leila Jeffreys sees and senses the lives of birds around her. With each work Jeffreys immerses herself into the birds' world and uses classical portraiture artistry to show the viewer a disparate and entrancing world.
Leila Jeffreys launched her sixth solo exhibition Ornithurae at Olsen Gruin Gallery, New York in 2017. This followed a succession of major exhibitions featuring her signature large format portraits of birds that includes Budgerigars, Cockatoos and Birds of Prey. In Ornithurae, Jeffreys has focused her gaze upon the modest Pigeon, elevating the character and beauty of each individual bird and the species as a whole.
Jeffreys has been an exhibiting artist with Olsen Gallery since 2012. Her works are found in private collections nationally and internationally. She has published a major illustrated art book entitled Birdland (launched at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra) and has exhibited in London, Hong Kong, New York and Sydney.
Shannon Switzer Swanson is a waterwoman, photojournalist, and marine social ecologist from San Diego, California. In her research, she blends theory and practice from the fields of anthropology, psychology, and ecology to address today’s most pressing marine conservation issues.
Her work to date has focused on community-based management of marine resources in Southeast Asia and Oceania, primarily in the Philippines and Indonesia. As a current PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University, she applies mixed qualitative and quantitative methods from both the social and natural sciences.
She also explores new research methods using film and photography to engage community members as active participants in the research process and to further empower coastal communities to manage their resources in a way that sustains both prosperous livelihoods and a healthy environment.