Samantha and I believe that most nature photographers care deeply for and respect nature. Personally, we do photography because we love nature and we feel more connected with ourselves and the world when we are outdoors. Many of you feel the same way. We also believe that we can use photography for good; to start conversations about issues affecting everyone, that collaboration is more beneficial than competition, and that the world can be changed in a positive manner through small acts of creativity. These are the reasons we started the annual print publication League, to showcase the creative, collaborate and caring work of photographers from around the world. The inaugural issue of League confirmed that photographers are doing meaningful, thoughtful work that needs to be seen and discussed. We are now just starting to edit and design Issue 2 and are excited by the amazing imagery we get to publish. Also we are thrilled that subscribers are putting their hard earned money into a publication that pays artists for their good work. League is a magazine supported by artists for artists (collaboration for good!).
Recently we were honoured to be able to discuss our philosophy of photography for good with podcaster, photographer, and fellow ethical nature photographer, Matt Payne. In our podcast we touched on the power of photography to influence change, to express your creativity and as a vehicle to start meaningful conversations. As well, we discussed our goals of rewarding photography for good though Matt’s Landscape Conservation Award and our Best of the League Award. It was a stimulating discussion that went beyond gear, how-to, and iconic locations to the heart of why we photograph… head to this link to hear the whole conversation.