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 first award-winning images from this years Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are released as tickets for the exhibition go on sale. A programme of special events, including photography masterclasses and portfolio reviews, has also been announced.
Bernardo Cesare captured his image Kaleidoscope in India while examining granulite rock from a working quarry. It depicts a crystal formation from a geological event half a billion years ago.
Young photographer Marc Montes took Snake-eyes while trekking through the forest in the Val d’Aran, Northern Spain.
A lone bat occupies a destroyed German WWII bunker in a remote forest in Poland in Winter hang-out by Łukasz Bożycki.
via Revealed: four Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 images | Natural History Museum.
A Cardiff-based wildlife photographer with a passion for tigers took advantage of soaring temperatures in India to capture his first images of a mother with her cubs.
The heat had topped 44 degrees Centigrade in Rajasthan when Andy Rouse, two days into a trek, found the shots he wanted.
The tiger, called Noor, had three-month-old cubs but she kept them sheltered in a desert cave at Ranthambore National Park.
But Andy gambled they would have to cool off and take in water in the sultry temperatures.
“I’ve been 6ft (2m) away from a tiger, they don’t see you as food in a vehicle, they leave you alone,” he said.
“But I made sure I was 150m (450ft) away in the first Jeep as I didn’t want the cubs to get nervous, this was the first time they would have seen people.”
Read more… BBC News – Andy Rouse captures tiger cub photos in Indian heat.
Spanish photographer Marina Cano’s wildlife images are a stunning depiction of the way animals interact with nature and one another. While some of the photos may seem posed, the majestic beasts Cano documents are wild and are captured in photos while simply going about their daily lives.
Read more… Breathtaking Portraits of Animals by Wildlife Photographer Marina Cano – weather.com.
A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.
Twycross Zoo said its new cubs were born in June and could one day be reintroduced into the wild.
There are about 50 wild Amur leopards in China and south-eastern Russia but they are close to extinction because of poaching and illegal logging.
Read more… BBC News – Two rare Amur leopards born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.
An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa.
That dream is closer to becoming a reality thanks to rapid advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Kenyan 90,000-acre reserve specialising in protecting white and black rhinos, has teamed up with San Francisco-based tech company Airware, which specialises in drone autopilot systems.
Read more… BBC News – Can drones help tackle Africas wildlife poaching crisis?.
To celebrate their 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is asking the public to vote for their favourite photos. Which one would you chose? Peoples Choice Award | 2014 | Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
An interesting article with tips from top wildlife photographers, these include:
- Do your research: The best shots start before photographers even set foot in the field
- Patience is a virtue, so arm yourself with it
- Think outside the box when it comes to your vantage point
- But don’t sacrifice safety for perspective
- Aim for simple backgrounds — make negative space work for you
- Employ dramatic lighting.
- Capture something that hasn’t been seen before.
- Inject emotion.
- Practice makes perfect … and there are lots of ways to practice (even for city-dwellers!)
- Be respectful of your subjects — know when to call it off
- Have fun with it — it will translate on film
How to: Professionals Share Tips for Wildlife Photography.
Grizzly bears may look cute and cuddly, but they can also pull off a wicked death scare. The many personalities of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) have been captured by award-winning wildlife photographer Ingo Arndt, who traveled to the remote Lake Clark National Park in Alaska to document the majestic beast.
Read more: PHOTOS: Wildlife photographer Ingo Arndt captures stunning images of coastal bears – Metro.us.