After two days of participation in the annual Europarc Conference, this year in Genk, Belgium, I am convinced more than ever that the nature photography community needs to get itself into gear and start talking to people outside its own ranks if it has any hope of achieving anything. Europarc brings together many of the most influential people in nature conservation practice and policy in Europe (including the DG, Environment) not only to listen to keynotes but also, through a [...]
When I was 15 years old I was given a Christmas present of a remarkable book – The Concise British Flora in Colour by the Rev W. Keble Martin, a country parson who, spent many years traveling in his spare time and drawing the specimens he found…1486 of them are illustrated. Tucked away at the bottom left-hand of plate 82 lies a flower so exotic in appearance that I immediately fell in love with its beauty – a yellow, inflated [...]
Stéphane Hette continues to amaze us with his spectacular photographs of European birds. His latest contribution to Meet Your Neighbours includes these beautiful portraits of a wild Hoopoe (Upupa epops) (or Huppe as it is known in France) coming to the nest. You can see his set-up for making these photos below!
Nature photography is full of serendipitous moments. There are those times when you are quite delighted with what you have found, are happily photographing and then nature provides the “fries with that” moment, the perfect add on. This has happened to me on several occasions and today was another of those days. I was photographing a Pied Lacewing (Porismus strigatus) that a friend had spotted on a Grasstree leaf. That is if Grasstrees can be said to have leaves, for [...]
If you love beautiful images of wildlife then you’ve come to the right place! Here is just a selection of some of the amazing plants and animals that the MYN team has been photographing (in the wild) for you to see. Our photographers currently represent 6 continents around the world. Please consider becoming a fan of our Facebook page to see a new image each day.
Founded in 2009, Meet Your Neighbours is a worldwide photographic initiative created by Niall Benvie and Clay Bolt. The project is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps – and enriching their lives in the process. These creatures and plants are vital to people: they represent the first, and for some, the only contact with wild nature we have. Yet too often they are overlooked, undervalued. How does Meet Your Neighbours make this reconnection? Through producing [...]
Meet Your Neighbours – New Hampshire from Jerry Monkman on Vimeo. Meet Your Neighbours is a global initiative partnering photographers with local NGO’s to photograph the small plants and animals that live “in the neighborhood.” This video is a result of New Hampshire photographer Jerry Monkman’s partnership with the Seacoast Science Center. The images in this video were shot entirely at the Science Center which is located in Odiorne Point State Park on the New Hampshire coast. seacoastsciencecenter.org/
Common neighbourhood plants and animals are usually overlooked and undervalued, yet they are most people’s first, sometimes only, point of contact with wild nature. They matter for that reason if no other. They can make us feel better, let us see ourselves in perspective. We want people to sit up and take notice of these wild neighbours by presenting them as celebrities: photographed in the white field studio, in exquisite detail under beautiful lighting. And we need photographers from around [...]