Did you know that after National Geographic published its first wildlife photographs in July 1906, two of the National Geographic Society board members “resigned in disgust“? They argued that the reputable magazine was “turning into a ‘picture book’”.
Luckily for us, it did turn out to become quite a picture book. Those first wildlife photos published in the magazine were captured by George Shiras, III, and marked quite a few “firsts.”
Shiras was a lawyer and politician by day — a U.S. Representative from the state of Pennsylvania — and a pioneering photographer by night (literally!). His nighttime photographs of animals represent some of the earliest examples of flash photography.
To achieve his shots, Shiras pioneered a number of different photo-making methods. One was to float silently across water in complete darkness. When he heard rustling nearby, he would point his camera system and snap a flash photograph in that direction.
See more… These Were the First Wildlife Photographs Published in National Geographic.
Natural History Museum’s new book released on Wednesday marks five decades of the WPY competition, celebrating the art of wildlife photography. Started in the 1960s, the 160 prize-winning and commended images represent 50 years of different times, styles and specialisms – showcasing some of the iconic images of wildlife on planet Earth, part of an exhibition in London from 24 October.
See more… 50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian.
The rise of jaguar watching tours in Brazil has brought a sea-change in the attitudes of ranchers. The cats, once seen as a threat to livestock, are now seen as a big money draw.
But the recent discovery of a dead jaguar has raised an unexpected new threat: drug smugglers. The fear is that drug smugglers who favour the quiet backwaters of the Pantanal are now shooting jaguars to deter the unwanted attention of tourists.
Read more… In Brazil’s wetlands, jaguars face a new threat: Drug traffickers | Al Jazeera America.