How ONE Photo Changed the WORLD

The Other Day, We Were Asked Why we Chose to Pursue Nature Photography.

I didn’t know how to answer that question at the time. However, I think the best way to effectively explain why we pursue nature photography, is by sharing this story.


In 1864 Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Yosemite Grant Act. The grant laid the foundation for the entire National Park System. National Parks now protect over 84 million acres of land.

Old photo of Yosemite Valley.

This was all thanks to a nature photographer named Carleton Watkins. Watkins’ photos inspired actionable change in people, and in government. Change that influenced the largest conservation law in history.

Positive Changes Constantly Occur as a Direct Result of Nature Photography.

I think that now more than ever, people and government need to see the beauty of the outdoors. To be inspired by nature, to encourage each other to get outside. To strive to be better. It’s amazing what a single photo can do.

Learn about Iceland’s attempt to salvage their wild nature: Europe’s Last True Wilderness is Under Attack. Read here.

Grand Canyon at sunset.

There are always encouraging stories that make me believe that photography can make a quantifiable impact on our daily lives. Conservation groups around the world would argue that photos and videos are their most effective tools.

Not for profit organizations have been advertising and marketing with photography as their preferred kind of media for over a century. They believe images are the most effective way to influence a person. I can only imagine how many lives have been positively affected by nature photographers’ work and their images throughout history.

Have you ever felt the need to change a habit, behaviour, or alter a way of thinking as a result of an image you had seen? Do you think nature photography can still affect the same change it did over a hundred years ago?

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