|Florian Schultz's photo of devil rays in the Sea or Cortez|
There are so many photography contests sponsored by environmental groups, and they remain vital and popular. I can say from experience that landscape and nature are the most popular subjects for amateur photographers, probably because nature is relatively accessible, and because there is a fundamental link between the urge to take a picture and the instincts of conservation. Both are meant to preserve something.
Photographs, which communicate instantly and across the boundaries of language, are also awesomely effective tools. It has been so since the Sierra Club started producing its famous calendars back in the 1970s.
Here two other highlights from the contest:
|Gray Seal in the Baltic Sea, by Kaido Haagen|
|Hummingbird, say hello to green pit viper|