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Photographers and nature lovers all across the nation head out into the natural world on June 15th each year, which is designated as Nature Photography Day! The GNPA is excited to celebrate this special day and encourage all who can to enjoy the day by capturing nature related images! We hope you will share your photos with us by tagging #gnpa_pix in your posts.
Part of the on-going mission at GNPA is to share our appreciation of the natural world and spotlight the value of nature as a photography special interest. How is nature valued, you may ask? Did you know that nature photography is an extremely important and powerful tool? Photographic images captured of our natural world, including wildlife, plants, insects, landscapes, seascapes, and much more, not only portray the natural beauty of our great planet, the images can effect change and make a real difference! They can help make a difference by telling a story that promotes existing, or even triggers new, conservation efforts, such as:
- Protecting a threatened, endangered or near extinct animal or plant species.
- Taking action to improve a section of land, natural waterways, rivers, bays, ocean shores, and more.
- Demonstrating changes to habitats and ecosystems that are favorable or damaging, for example:
- New pollinator gardens on publicly owned land.
- Protected wetlands and habitats for specific plant(s) and animal(s).
- Improvements being made to habitats, such as those damaged by wildfires, floods, land clearing, etc.
- Documentation through photos of rising water levels, polluted water resources, increased spreading of invasive plants in an area, and other detrimental changes to environments and natural habitats.
- And much more!
Another powerful tool that nature photography provides is INSPIRATION! Images of our natural world can inspire a greater appreciation, awareness, and stewardship of our natural world. They can inspire others to enjoy nature and discover the many wonders our world has to offer. Additionally, they inspire people of all ages to learn more about nature and photography!
Ideas for observing Nature Photography Day:
Nature Photography Day encourages us to take a breather from our busy lives and spend time connecting with nature – appreciating all the beauty it has to offer. It can be powerful! Nature is all around us. Take part anywhere you are, grab your favorite camera equipment, or use your cell phone camera, and head out! Here are some ideas for celebrating Nature Photography Day, or to connect with nature on any day:
- Capture nature related images – even in your own backyard.
- View nature photography images made by others. Visit websites, social media pages, find a book with inspiring nature images and information.
- Watch a documentary or videos on our natural world and/or nature photography
- Take an online or in-person class on nature photography (wildlife, birds, insects, plants, landscapes, and more)
- Learn more about nature photography opportunities in your area including the environment, animal and plant inhabitants and their habitats.
- Visit a wildlife refuge; preserve; or national, state, local park
- Tour a botanical garden
- Go bird watching
- Enjoy the sunrise and/or sunset
- Explore public wetlands, a lake, creek, river, or seashore.
- Go hiking on designated trails
- Share with others the information about Nature Photography Day, nature photography and the powerful tools it provides.
Whether you are beginner just learning nature photography, an enthusiast, hobbyist, professional, conservationist, or other type of photographer, it is the mission of GNPA to help nature photographers of all skill levels learn, grow and improve their photography, network with other outdoor photographers, and participate in exciting trips and events. We invite you to join GPNA and come “Shoot With Us!” Click here to learn more.
How will you celebrate Nature Photography Day? Tag us in your social media posts of your captured nature related images #gnpa_pix.