Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography

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posted Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM EDT

 
 

Whenever we venture into nature, whether it be specifically for photography or just to enjoy the outdoors, we have an impact on the environment. It doesn't need to be a negative impact, such as leaving litter or harming sensitive ecosystems, but it can rather be positive change through clean-up efforts and wise use of our natural resources. Ideally, we leave our natural resources in a better shape than how we found them. In a new video, nature photographer Ben Horne discusses the topic of responsible nature photography in general, and also in the context of Nature First

Nature First is an alliance for responsible nature photography. The organization is built upon seven core principles which are designed to help foster sustainable practices and ensure that our environment is enjoyed responsibly. The principles are as follows:

• Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography

• Educate yourself about the places you photograph

• Reflect on the possible impact of your actions

• Use discretion if sharing locations

• Know and follow rules and regulations

• Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them

• Actively promote and educate others about these principles

None of these principles are hard to follow, but nonetheless, many of our greatest natural resources are being damaged through irresponsible use, even when people don't act with malice. To learn more about responsible nature photography and why it is so important, please watch Ben Horne's video below.

(Via Ben Horne