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Nature's Witness

An Invitation: Join our global family of photographers, travelers, storytellers and stewards of the planet.

  • Lisa Moore
  • PhotoZone
  • Dec 01, 2020

Enthralled by late-day light, Israel Cruces Fernandez photographs Squamish, British Columbia, near the Stawamus Chief, a regal granite dome.

IN 2021, NATIONAL WILDLIFE® MAGAZINE WILL LAUNCH its 50th annual photo contest—a milestone we’ll honor by unrolling our new Nature’s Witness™ initiative. Through this effort, we hope to connect all programs of the National Wildlife Federation—including education, membership, philanthropy, affiliates and advocacy—with professional and amateur photographers from across the globe whose photographs inspire conservation. This initiative will help ensure a healthier planet for the wildlife and people who share it, including those from communities that are suffering disproportionately from a lack of access to safe, healthy air, water and outdoor spaces.

Photographers are ultimately storytellers, raising awareness about the beauty of the world and threats to its existence. We highlighted both through our first “Nature’s Witness” photography exhibit, which ran from late 2019 through 2020 in Washington, D.C. In the days ahead—through new exhibits, books, videos, panel discussions, workshops, livestream events and more—we hope to harness the power of photography to help inform scientific understanding of wildlife at risk and to inspire NWF members, supporters and others to care and to act on behalf of conservation. If you’re out in the world with your camera, join us in telling nature’s story—and saving Earth’s treasures for future generations.


More from National Wildlife magazine and the National Wildlife Federation:

Learn more about the National Wildlife Photo Contest »
49th Annual Photo Contest Winners »
Read Last Issue's Nature's Witness »

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