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.
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.
Africa’s elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests.
Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years.
Read more… BBC News – Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa.
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.