Our Teton area and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem offers some of the most incredible photographic opportunities on the planet! But, did you know that many photographers that visit or live here are unaware of some of the impact that we could have on our wildlife subjects?
Shoot To Care is a program developed by the Teton Photography Club to educate photographers and visitors on how to get great shots using best practices for responsible and sustainable nature photography. Shoot To Care is supported by partners that have joined the TPC to develop ethical and responsible wildlife photography practices: Jackson Hole Bird and Nature Club, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Grand Teton National Park, and the National Elk Refuge. Together, these partners have developed a foundation of core ethical principles for responsible wildlife photographers. The Teton Photography Club received funding from the Art Association of Jackson Hole and a grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole to help forward the educational program.
We’ll have more information about the best practices for wildlife photography in the weeks and months to come. If you are interested in learning more about Shoot To Care, e-mail: info@TetonPhotographyClub.org.
To access the full Shoot To Care Wildlife Photography Ethics Statement click: Principles of Wildlife Photography Ethics
To access the Shoot To Care Wildlife Photography Ethics Brochure click: Shoot To Care brochure
Here is another point of view from wildlife photographer, George Lepp: Keeping Wildlife Wild
The Darker Side of Wildlife Photography — Understanding Ethical Practices by Tusk Photo and Picture Correct.
The North American Nature Photography Association updated their document, Principles of Ethical Field Practices:
A little too close – Image by Ben Nardi.