Issue 27 • Jan 2016
A Free Share
As I write this, it’s just three weeks until the end of the year and all the festivities and expectations associated with this period. It is an important and rewarding time, an all too brief opportunity to reflect on the year gone and also to consider the prospects that lie ahead. Looking at 12 issues of Wild Planet published during 2015, I believe it has been a very strong year for wildlife photography. Every month I have been highly impressed with the wonderful work submitted from an ever-increasing audience of all ages and levels of experience who share a love of nature and photography.
If you want to get an idea of what the year brought through the pages of Wild Planet, then I can thoroughly recommend that you download the Wild Planet Annual 2015, which is available to everyone, absolutely FREE! Please tell your friends about Wild Planet and share this link with them. After all, the best things in life are free, and the Wild Planet Annual 2015 is certainly that!
In our hands
While I believe 2015 has been a good year for wildlife photography, it has been a bad year for wildlife. In recent weeks lions have been poisoned in the Maasai Mara, the poaching of rhinos in South Africa is set to reach another record tally and devastating fires have turned much of Indonesia’s rainforests to ash. There is no doubting that the world’s ecosystems and the species that depend on them for survival are at a crisis point and the next five to 10 years will determine the fate of many iconic wildlife species, including tigers, orangutans, rhino and elephants. Can you imagine a world without any of these animals? It is a very real possibility.
As wildlife and nature photographers, we need to find ways whereby our actions and decisions as photographers both demonstrates respect for our subject and makes a positive contribution to its survival. In the scheme of things, our own survival depends upon it.
Keith Wilson, Editor