The National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest is held annually, showcasing some of the world’s best nature and wildlife photography. They encourage photographer’s to donate some of their images to help their cause of saving wildlife species and their habitats. They choose several winning photos, give out some prizes and publish those winning photos in print and online.
I participated this year, submitting the 10 photographs shown throughout this post. I was completely amazed to see how many photographs were submitted. Last I checked, the count was at 18,779 and the deadline date for submissions is March 31. I would guess they will have well over 20,000 images by then. That is quite an impressive showing.
It’s no wonder that it takes them until October to decide on the winning photographs. It would be a tough job to widdle all those entries down to the top 10 best of the best photographs.
Nature is one of the things I believe we should all appreciate. It is a huge part of what our world is made of. I think we often take for granted the beauty and wonder that surrounds us in our every day life.
So often, wildlife habitats are taken over by developments in order to make money. These wildlife creature are pushed out of their homes and are all of a sudden considered a nuisance to what used to be their habitats. They are forced to venture out and find new homes in order to survive.
This sort of thing happens to people too, when the government authorities use eminent domain to force a sale of a property because they see a better use for it. Often times, this is upsetting even to the people who weren’t pushed out of their homes. I find it funny that the correlation between these two circumstances is often not made.
I believe we all have rights that should be protected and that we need to fight for. Nature and wildlife often cannot fight these things by themselves. We have lawyers to help us do our fighting, but they need organizations like the National Wildlife Foundation to do theirs.
Organizations like these are so important for so many reasons. The National Wildlife Federation is obviously doing a wonderful job of bringing awareness to their cause. After all, tens of thousands of photographs were submitted for just this one event. Click here to see the National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest Gallery.
We can all do our part to support and bring awareness to those things which we believe in and feel are important. What is your cause?