The tragedy of the nature photography commons

Veríssimo, Diogo and Kanagavel, Arun and Seshadri, KS and Raghavan, Rajeev (2013) The tragedy of the nature photography commons. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 2 (1). pp. 1-2. ISSN 2278-7666

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Over the last few decades, photography has become a crucial tool in the mainstreaming of biodiversity and its conservation. Today, it would be almost impossible to find any conservation outreach or marketing materials that do not include at least a few photographs. This em-phasis on photographic material is well justified, as there is evidence that photographs can have an important im-pact in our perceptions, attitudes and even behaviour to-wards nature (Kalof, Zammit-Lucia and Kelly 2011; Myers Jr., 2006). Examples of this are the efforts of the Sierra Club to establish some of the world’s first pro-tected areas in the USA; National Geographic’s coverage of the “Megatransect” trek by ecologist Michael Fay across the Congo basin; or the recent media reports on the large scale killing of Amur Falcons in the of Nagaland, India (Dalvi and Sreenivasan, 2012; Myers Jr., 2006). Such encouraging outcomes have lead to the creation of the field of “conservation photography” and to the forma-tion of organizations such as the International League of Conservation Photographers, who work specifically to disseminate the need for biodiversity conservation (Myers Jr., 2006)

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