CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AS A TOOL FOR NON-INVASIVE RESEARCH AND NATURE PROTECTION
Photography has been widely used as a documentary tool for more than a century. Its capability to preserve almost exact interpretation of reality at given time makes photography one of major sources of information. Via social and digital media it can spread all over the world just within hours and often create higher impact than other information resources.
Although wildlife photography has been one of traditional areas thorough the history, due to expensive film materials, equipment and almost unlimited amount of patience required it wasn't field for vast majority.
Recent digital revolution made photography more accessible and easier to use even in harsh conditions. With DSLRs, compact cameras and mobile devices, there are billions of photographers in the world and the amount of photographs taken every year rises exponentially.
This also made wildlife photography sort of prestigious discipline driving enthusiasts all over the world to get action photos of the rarest species or unseen places. Growing number of these photographers goes in opposite with rapidly decreasing amount of undisturbed wildlife places as habitats of rarest species become major attraction. Wildlife photography substitutes for modern hunting.
Increasing number of visitors and uneducated approach may cause significant source of stress for wildlife especially during breeding period or flowering time.
Conservation photography establishes non-invasive approach that focuses on fragility of the environment and responsibility of the observer during preparations, acquiring the images and their interpretation to the public.