The Lure of the Wild
There’s no doubting that wildlife photography is more popular than ever. Ask any experienced old pro who grew up on film and they will tell you that the digital revolution wasn’t just a technical one. It also revolutionized the public’s perception and inspired many more creative-minded people to combine their love of nature with their artistic aspirations. This has been reflected in the growth of wildlife photography awards and competitions in recent years. In this issue of Wild Planet we publish the winners of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (page 64), which attracted a record number of entries. As a member of the judging panel of this year’s contest I was able to assess first hand the overall standard of entry – it was extraordinarily good, which augurs well for the future of wildlife photography.
You & Frans Lanting
Can you imagine having one of your photographs in the same book as Frans Lanting? Maybe not, so how about you and Art Wolfe? Or Greg du Toit? Well, it is possible – providing of course you have photographed elephants in the wild. Yes, the competition is now open to find 10 photographs from members of the public to be published in the Remembering Elephants book, alongside those images by Frans, Art, Greg and 47 other leading wildlife photographers.
This is a rare opportunity to be part of a unique book that will go on sale in September next year, with all profits going to anti-poaching projects run by Born Free. Even if you’re unsuccessful, simply by entering, your $7.50 entry fee will be helping the fight to save elephants from extinction.
Keith Wilson, Editor