The increasing popularity of this genre of photography has made organizations like Audubon more important. Photographers entering the contest needed to adhere to Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography. Groo, who helped write the Guide, says it’s not unusual for some wildlife photographers to attempt to cut corners to get a shot: encroaching on a bird’s comfort zone, cutting branches away from around a nest and baiting owls with pet store mice will get you disqualified. “Nature photography should seek to leave as little a footprint as possible and to respect the welfare of birds above all else,” she says. “Birds are under threat as never before, losing habitat all the time, and facing many other human-caused challenges.”
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In a move to ensure privacy to the animals in the forests, the West Bengal forest department has banned entry of photographers and tourists to the forests of the state during the breeding season of monsoon.
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From the earliest photo traps to shark-mounted cameras, we’ve made some wild advances in capturing animals on film.
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A photograph of a humpback whale calf’s tail has earned Reiko Takahashi of Japan the prestigious grand-prize in the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year contest. Takahashi will receive a $10,000 USD prize. Takahashi’s incredible photo was selected by a panel of National Geographic judges from more than 13,000 entries.
Takahashi took her grand prize-winning photo, titled “Mermaid,” off the coast of Japan’s Kumejima Island. The long-time photographer left her office job to pursue her passion for underwater photography and traveled to Kumejima Island on a mission to photograph humpback whales with their young calves.
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With long daylight hours and the breeding season in full swing, summer is a great time to hone your bird photography skills, says Oscar Dewhurst
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From sprawling landscapes to a tiny gnat on a mushroom, these images from The Nature Conservancy’s annual photography competition capture the awe-inspiring wonder of nature. The competition offers an array of categories including wildlife, people & nature and water.
The Nature Conservancy is a “global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.”
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