Plans to protect air, water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact all plans to protect man –
- Wherever possible, for both personal and photographic events, we always attempt to use locally sourced suppliers and again wherever possible use organic food and liquids.
- Recycle wherever possible, and at work, if possible, talk to your senior management team and local councils who are usually very obliging and co-operative.
- Review your traveling arrangements, use public transport wherever possible or share a vehicle, in this will turn sharing the travel costs.
- Consider working in conjunction with, or donating (not necessarily money) to such organisations as forestry working groups, Wildlife Trusts, WFW Trusts etc. This will all allow the organisations to reduce their workforce expenditure and redirect any savings made to fund existing or additional projects including overall maintenance work.
- Upon arrival at a photographic site, should you find additional photographers working the same location I suggest you always ask before joining the same area. Most people will welcome you with open arms.
- Treat all individuals you work with, with the respect you would like to be treated with.
- Always be a good role model, both as a photographer and as a citizen. Educate others by your actions and enhance their understanding.
- Report any inappropriate behaviour to the nearest authority. Do not argue with those who do not care or ever put yourself in danger. Report them without delay to the respective authority.
- Tactfully and respectfully inform others if you observe anyone engaging in potentially inappropriate or harmful behaviour. Many people endanger other people, wildlife, subjects and species, without thinking.
- Respect the routine habits and needs of all subjects and species.
- Stay on trails that are intended, this will lessen the impact of damage.
- Do not stress, distress or damage the habitats of any subjects or species.
- Learn and study the subjects and habitats you are intending to photograph.
- Acquaint yourself with the fragility of the ecosystem you will be working in.
- Learn the habits, patterns and animal behaviour of the subjects or species you are hoping to photograph.
- Be sure to recharge all your batteries and to take plenty of spares and flash cards, as well as all the necassary equipment, however please remember at all time to take your disgarded batteries and rubbish home with you.
- Learn the laws and rules of the location.
- Avoid exposing yourself and others to any risks or mishaps.
- Treat ALL wildlife, flora and fauna, and property as if it were yours.
- Prepare you, your equipment and your knowledge for unexpected events.
- In the absence of a management authority, check for any signage and use good judgement.
- When and where possible contact the appropriate land owner, site manager or other authorities and request permission or inform them of your presence.
As a sole individual who happens to believe in the natural world and as an aside is a practicing environmental, natural history and wildlife photographer, it’s easy for me to say how everyone else should practice and react. It is also easy to believe that your contribution on the environment will have no impact and make no reduction, wrong!! I personally believe that “every little helps”, therefore be sure to make a contribution.
Many thanks, have fun and
“Keep on Clickin”
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