Members of the Alliance exemplify the Nature First Principles
Join us to make a declaration of your commitment to care for our wild places by practicing the Nature First Principles, and let others know that you are a part of the responsible photography movement. #naturefirst
"In nature, change is a constant. Your experience in a natural place today likely is different from that of those who have been in that place before you, and those who will come to that place after you. Nothing you can do will ultimately prevent natural places from changing; but having the courage and discipline to adhere to the Nature First principles, may have great influence on the kind and rate of changes to come. Natural places, and the photographs you make in them, may satisfy in many ways, but no photograph you ever make will elevate your living experience as much as making the choice and effort to live out your days as a good human being." -Guy Tal
“As nature photography continues to increase in popularity and damage to special wild places accumulates, we all have an increasing responsibility to be good stewards of the places we visit, photograph, and share with the public. This effort can help reverse these negative impacts through education and sharing tangible steps to reduce our collective impact.” -Sarah Marino
“We can't ignore our impact on the environment so we must do our bit to minimise it, communicate the importance of positive change and give back to the landscape to help mitigate our damage. Collectively, we can make a difference.” -Simon Baxter
"Our mission as photographers is to be the visual storytellers of nature. But, now more than ever we need to share stories about becoming better stewards to the places we visit, love and photograph. We need to unite and give a voice to the voiceless and stand up for the natural world. Together, we can make sure these wild places stay wild and beautiful so the next generations of photographers can share their future stories with the world. " -Jennifer Renwick
“I too am disturbed by the, seemingly, growing disregard of our natural treasures. As a life long outdoorsman and landscape photographer I want to do my part to educate, promote, and inspire others to make wise choices while in nature.” -Michael Bollino
Because we all need to protect nature from ourselves - we started League of Landscape Photographers for precisely the same reason.” -Darwin Wiggett, The League of Landscape Photographers
“This is a great idea! I've been so disappointed with seeing the damage being done to beautiful locations within the last few years. I've personally witnessed bad behavior to some protected locations. I will be happy to support the effort.” -Patricia Davidson
“As a working professional in photo workshops business I witness in first hand how irresponsible photographers can be. And I also believe that we can have a positive role, educating people and exposing bad behaviour.” -Luka Esenko
“As a workshop leader and nature lover, I have had a growing concern about my and my groups impact on the incredible places we are privileged to visit. I fully support this initiative to put nature first, lead by example, and to teach others." - John Barclay
“It's time to take intentional steps to protect the places we love to shoot. It's time to stop talking and start acting. Nature photographers are ambassadors to the places we love and it's time to preserve them. “ -David Johnston
Help spread the word…
We encourage all our members to help grow the Nature First movement by socializing with your family, friends and followers. Here are some simple ways to bring awareness to the Nature First Principles:
Use #naturefirst when posting about nature photography ethics on social media.
Add a personal statement to your website showing your dedication to following the Nature First Principles. Here’s an example:
Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
Use discretion if sharing locations.
Know and follow rules and regulations.
Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
Actively promote and educate others about these principles
You are welcome to use the following logos on your website to display your commitment.