This past Earth Day a group of photographers from around the world launched a movement with the purpose "...to help educate and guide both professional and recreational photographers in sustainable, minimal impact practices that will help preserve nature’s beautiful locations."
In recent years we have seen news article after news article of natural places being overrun by visitors that get there because the saw a pretty picture on the internet and wanted to take the same or similar picture. Most people never go to these places with the sole purpose of walking off trail, or stepping on wild flowers, most of them are not even aware of how sensitive these place are and of how much damage they are doing to the landscape.
Nature First Photography Alliance was created as a vehicle to promote and educate the impact we have in the natural places the we love to photograph and spend time in. The movement presents a set of 7 principles that was developed in conjunction with recognized conservation organizations. These are the Nature First Principles.
THE NATURE FIRST 7 PRINCIPLES
1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles
I encourage everyone to read more about Nature First by clicking on the logo below and start practicing these principles and Leave No Trace principles when ever visiting natural areas. Leave it better than you found it!