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My entire childhood was, one way or other, connected to water. I grew up with a river in the backyard, and all of my short explorations through the forest led to wild springs where I was eager to drink the cold water. I didn’t know much then, and I can only remember the joy of spending time on the river’s shore, fishing, watching birds, and trying to understand the ecosystem.
About 60% of the human body is made up of water. About 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water. No wonder water has such a strong attraction for photographers around the world. It is powerful, calming, carries us away, and embraces us.
Cristiana is a nature and landscape photographer based in northeast Italy. Cristiana approaches photography in 2010, but her passion for nature has always existed since she was a child. She likes to show people what everyone can find just “around the corner,” and that too often goes unnoticed, hoping to be able to sensitize people towards respecting the environment through her photos.
Craig is on a constant journey of discovery and capturing the beauty this world shares. Craig has been privileged to capture that beauty in some of the most breathtaking and remote places on this planet. Earth is our home, and it is his belief that we all must work together to protect and conserve it.
For most of us, it is natural to think about following certain guidelines when we are out doing our art, portraying nature and all the wild critters that live out there. Unfortunately, there are still photographers that prioritize a good frame, instead of the well-being of the subject they are photographing.
Cynthia Bandurek is an Argentinian Conservationist Ecologist, Field-Naturalist, Nature photographer, and wildlife artist. She has worked for more than eleven years at the Natural Science Museum and two years at the Darwinion Botanical Institute in Buenos Aires. In January 2021, Cynthia moved to Costa Rica to pursue work in conservation biology and photography.
Since the birth of Nature First on Earth Day in 2019, the United Kingdom has had an incredibly turbulent relationship with its countryside, National Parks, and wild spaces. Now, more than ever, photographers in the United Kingdom (including those who choose to visit our Isles) should strive to follow the Nature First and Leave No Trace principles and set the right examples for others whom they might know or influence.
Here at Nature First, every day is a day for prioritizing and celebrating the earth as we work alongside our partners, ambassadors, members, and dedicated volunteers to bring awareness to the impact of photography on wildlife and wildlands and promote the role of photographers as stewards of nature.
Het zal niemand verbazen dat Nature First is opgericht op Earth Day (Dag van de Aarde) in 2019. Het belang van de natuur plaatsen boven het belang van de foto ligt in het verlengde van het voornemen om goed te zorgen voor onze planeet en het inzetten op duurzaamheid.
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