My mission when I came to Wild Planet Photo magazine was to include features from writers and photographers with a strong sense of ethical responsibility toward wildlife, and ultimately, to keep the nature around us that longs to stay undercover, just that. For those of us absorbed by the world of nature - as photographers, writers, naturalists, scientists, and the many other passions that lead us into the great outdoors - it is virtually impossible to remain unmoved by the relentless challenges that other species face today through human impact.
Some wildlife photographers have been uniting to take action and help save these animals, a number of them having graced the pages of WPM. And perhaps many of you are, or will become, advocates for wildlife in your own communities.
This issue will be my last as the Editor of Wild Planet Photo Magazine. It’s been both fascinating and inspiring to follow the photographic journey of those readers who submit images month after month, and to watch their style develop with each issue. Keep submitting your work and keep pushing your own boundaries when it comes to your pictures. Here’s to changing perceptions so our wildlife stands a chance.
Professional wildlife photographers Ann and Steve Toon tell the story of Africa’s First Peace Park – Kgalagadi – a place of pristine wilderness that has continued to welcome them back for more than 20 years