About Us

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Nature First promotes the protection and preservation of the world's natural and wild places through inspiring, educating, and uniting everyone making photographs and videos in nature; empowering them to be ambassadors of the natural world.

Nature First was launched in 2019 by a group of passionate nature photographers who were concerned about the impact of nature photography on the natural world. The inaugural meeting was held in Ridgway, Colorado at the base of the spectacular San Juan Mountains. This first little meeting led to others and eventually to the establishment of the Nature First Principles and, later, the Nature First organization.

Less than three years later, Nature First is a rapidly growing international organization with over 5000 members in 72 nations.  Our membership represents a diverse, international body of casual hobbyists, aspiring professionals and some of the world’s most accomplished nature and wildlife photographers and videographers.

Everyone is welcome.  The only prerequisite for joining this alliance is a passion for nature and a commitment to Nature First’s principles for environmental stewardship and responsible nature photography.  We’d love to have you join us!

Nature First is led by a large team of volunteers from across the globe. We are registered in the US state of Colorado. If you are interested in volunteering with Nature First, please inquire here.

Nature First founders together in 2019

Back row: Matt Payne, Erik Stensland, Ron Coscorrosa, David Kingham, Michael Anderson, and Tony Litschewski

Front row: Jack Brauer, Scott Bacon, Sarah Marino, and Jennifer Renwick

We are always looking for local ambassadors to help establish a Nature First presence in their country.  If your country does not have a Nature First Regional Group and you are interested in learning how to establish one, please inquire here.

Photograph well, treat nature kindly and enjoy the reward!

In August 2021 Nature First was recognized as a Public Charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

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