Mark Your Calendars for Thursday, June 15, 2017
A dozen years later, enthusiasm for Nature Photography Day has grown worldwide. This day is designated by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.
In 2006, NANPA celebrated the first Nature Photography Day and placed it in McGraw-Hill’s reference work, Chases’s Calendar of Events
. Many media and websites took notice. Since then, people throughout the North American continent–from overseas, too–have discovered numerous ways to observe and enjoy the day.
NANPA encourages people everywhere to enjoy the day by using a camera to explore the natural world. A backyard, park, or other place close by can be just right. Walking, hiking, and riding a bike to take photos are activities that don’t lead to a carbon footprint. And fresh air can do wonders for the spirit!
|See Where your Photography Takes You!!
-Learn even more about the natural history of your environment: plants, wildlife, and land.
-Encourage creativity among your kids, grandkids, and other young photographers. Show them how to photograph flowers, birds, and more.
-Use your photos to tell important stories about nature. Find something that detracts from the natural world, showing images about how human beings sometimes adversely affect the environment.
-If you teach, ask your students to read about the experiences of nature photographers—legends of the past and today.
-Photo club members: Remind your colleagues about Nature Photography Day and how images have been used to protect the natural world. If you have a website or blog, spread the news there, too.
-Even before June 15, get inspired by reading about the work of naturalists as well as pioneers in nature photography.
– Pick something that you’ve never photographed before, and then make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15.
– Take your kids and grandkids on a nature trek, and show them how to photograph trees, flowers, birds, and more. Then print some of their photos and present them, in a mat or frame, to those young photographers.
– Why not experiment? Look for something that detracts from the beauty in nature–images that show how human beings sometimes adversely affect our environment.
– Finally, ask yourself how your images can help to bring positive changes to your world!
– How will you celebrate Nature Photography Day? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org