A Diverse Edition of Wild Planet
It seems like only yesterday that Keith Wilson and I were discussing a brief for a piece to be included in the inaugural issue of Wild Planet. Here we are, some two and a half years later, the online magazine well established and Keith has decided the time has come for him to move on to pursue the increasing love of photography-led conservation projects, which I suspect his work here has increased his passion for.
I’m genuinely delighted to be asked to assume the mantle of Guest Editor for this issue in his wake. I was asked if I would take on the job while in a remote lodge on the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border photographing toucans and hummingbirds. My photographic work and the photography holiday business I run means that I am genuinely lucky to see an array of wildlife and wild places that our planet has to offer. One of the beauties of the digital age though, is that it’s possible for anyone to enjoy high quality images and tales about them through publications like this one which deliver a great monthly taster.
In this edition we visit the iconic Yellowstone National Park, enjoy the opportunities that the light of summer in the extreme north offers, and the impactful use of monochrome in southern Africa amongst a collection of readers’ images from almost everywhere. Wildlife photography offers creativity and enjoyment to an increasingly global audience these days and the diversity of this edition is testament to that. Enjoy the pages but don’t forget our responsibilities to the species we photograph at the same time.
Mark Sisson • Guest Editor