10+ Pictures That Show Why Conservation Photography Really Matters

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Some of the most important events in world history have been forever immortalized in the form of photographs, many of which have basically been imprinted on the minds of almost everyone.

The picture of a man standing in front of a line of tanks in protest a day after the Tiananmen Square massacre, astronaut Bruce McCandless II floating in outer space with the earth behind him, and the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square after WWII ended are all some of the most influential photographs of our time.

But what about photos of animals?

Conservation photography is something that has taken hold in the wildlife world, with professional photographers making bold statements about some of our planet’s most endangered animals.

The definition of conservation photography reads as “the active use of the photographic process and its products to advocate for conservation outcomes.”

So as you take a look at the photos below, make sure to read what the photographers said about the pictures to get the full sense of their message.

1. Jason Edwards’ Frog


“Frogs are keynote species for the health of many ecosystems, and their numbers are declining all over the planet. They live precarious lives especially when in the metamorphosis stage like this individual.”

2. Dave Showalter’s Greater Sage Grouse


“Heading out for my morning head-clearing walk, it was good to hear Colorado Public Radio reporting of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead (R) and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) standing together in support of the current Greater Sage-grouse conservation plan, warning the Trump administration that big changes to the plan would ‘send a message to states not to bother working together to save imperiled species.'”

3. Paul Hilton’s Lantern Flies


“Colourful lantern flies, pictured in the beautiful Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia. The Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on Earth where rhinos, tigers, orangutans, and elephants still run wild. The last stronghold for some of Indonesia’s iconic species. Help us save one of the last great wilderness areas in Asia.”

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