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If not for the photographer, vanishing nature would be lost to the world.

Photography shines a light on the unique wonders within our living world—species that remind us of the beauty, energy and rich diversity of earth. Today’s creative culture has access to technology which all levels of experience can learn to master, inspiring more of us to explore the world through the lens.

Cultivating this non-verbal medium embraces a vivid and universal form of communication that requires no translation. Those with the greatest potential to benefit from visual media are the conservation foundations and educational groups for which photos become powerful tools that compell people to take action, support vital projects, share ideas and knowledge that can help preserve our earth’s biodiversity.

With photography as the catalyst, perceptions are changing, people are becoming more aware of the beauty that surounds them – learning to value nature and respect its fragile state. There are many ways to reconnect with the wild but photography is one of the most instinctive and engaging, for observing natures many facets is a captivating and creative passtime.

Using the links and resources listed below, I invite you to go on a Visual Odyssey.

Photography Tutorials/Tips (ideas and instructions to get you started)

How to take better pictures with a camera phone
Natural Exposures Corkboard
National Geographic Photography
Photo Review
Photography News
Photo Technique Magazine

Photography Tours/Workshops (learn from a professional in the wild)

Natural Exposures Tours with Daniel J. Cox
Natural Selection Wildlife Tours & Workshops with Nick Garbutt
Natural Habitat Adventures Photo Tours

Photography Exhibits/Events (fuel your passion at a live event)

Wild Wonders of Europe Exhibit
National Geographic Events
Nature’s Best Photography
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Events

This list is intended to spark your interest, there are many more great resources out there – happy hunting!

Inga Yandell
Explorer and media producer, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide resources and opportunities for creative exploration.