By Melanie Lieberman
Updated: April 09, 2018
Left: Praiano, 2017, by Lucy Laucht. Right: Ilkley Moor, 2008, by Michael Turek

Want to fill your home with stunning photographs worthy of the pages of Travel + Leisure magazine? For the third year in a row, photographer Jessica Sample, a former T+L photo editor, is curating “Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit.”

“Wanderlust uses travel photography to support our fragile planet, [and] help combat climate change and wildlife destruction,” Sample told T+L. This year, proceeds will benefit Earthjustice — a nonprofit environmental law organization.

“Every day there seems to be some new environmental rollback in the news or story about a species like the white rhino on the edge of extinction — and it is easy to feel so depressed and helpless,” Sample said. “Wanderlust is a way to bring back hope and make a change, all while supporting artists and sprucing up that blank wall in your home.”

Arctic Ice, 2015, by Jenny Hueston

This year’s photographs feature some of the world’s most stunning destinations, including Mongolia, Morocco, Greenland, and Uruguay.

“All the photos have a loose travel theme,” Sample said. And many of the photographers featured have indeed been featured in past issues of T+L, including Alistair Taylor-Young, Anne Menke, and Michael Turek.

Sea Lake, 2017, by Brooke Holm

Photo enthusiasts can bid on stunning portraits of a gaucho in Salta, Argentina, or a black-and-white print of the Himba Tribe in Skeleton Coast National Park. Photographs also capture elephant families at play in Sri Lanka, and colorful boats beached on the Amalfi Coast.

Left: Elephants, Sri Lanka, 2012, by Julien Capmeil. Right: Dive, 1999, by Alistair Taylor-Young

Since its inception in 2016, Wanderlust — an official event of Month of Photography Los Angeles — has donated more than $10,000 to environmental charities. Bidding for this year’s auction opened on Wednesday, April 4, and continues until April 18 at 11:30 p.m., EST. Head to Wanderlust's page on biddingforgood.com to make your offer. 

And for lucky photography enthusiasts in Los Angeles this month, the auction event takes place on the final day of bidding at Space15Twenty.

Left: India, 2016, by Ditte Isager. Right: Hanoi Flowers, 2014, by Jessica Sample
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