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Community Week 37: My favourite critter challenge “Silver eyes” by Catherine Thompson.

PICTURE PERFECT Join photo-artist Judi Lapsley Miller on a year-long nature photography challenge and help change the world one image at a time. Do you love taking photos of our wildlife and wild spaces? Perhaps you want to take your photographs further and use them for positive change in the world? Join like-minded enthusiasts from around the world on a year-long weekly photography challenge, designed especially for wildlife and nature photographers of all ages, abilities, and gear. Photo-artist Judi Lapsley Miller created the “Art of Birding” Wildlife & Nature Photography Challenge in 2018 to push herself creatively and to encourage others to do the same. The challenge has since been taken up by photographers and artists all around the world. Continuing in 2019, the all-new weekly challenges will encourage you to take nature photos more intentionally. You will think more about the stories your photo can tell, you will hook the viewer in with compelling, creative images, and you will increase your technical skills and repertoire. You will be encouraged to share your photos and stories so they can make a difference. This is your challenge: do as much or as little as you want and in your own timeframe. Each challenge is created so that most people can participate, regardless of skill level or where you live in the world (though there is a New Zealand bias). Most challenges can be achieved with just a camera phone and app. Some challenges have advanced options to push those with more experience. By the end of the year, your photography will be at a whole new level. If you want to start using your photography for causes you care about, head to www.artbyjlm.com/aob. The 2019 challenges will go live in late December, but in the meantime you can sign up on our social media groups and newsletter. *Judi Lapsley Miller is a photo-artist, Forest & Bird member, and conservation volunteer based in Wellington. She created the “Art of Birding” weekly wildlife and nature photography challenge for her volunteer “Storyteller” team at Zealandia Eco Sanctuary. The challenge is named after her “Art of Birding” blog.

Week 34: Bokeh/blur challenge “Australasian gannet” by Janice McKenna.

Week 27: The human touch challenge “Kākahi harvesting” by Linton Miller. Linton was new to photography, but after six months of weekly challenges he was confident enough to cover the kākahi (freshwater mussel) translocation for Zealandia. The resulting photos were used widely by Zealandia and national media, including Radio New Zealand and Stuff.

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Profile for Forest & Bird

Forest & Bird Magazine Issue 370 Summer 2018  

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation protecting and restoring our wildlife and wild places.

Forest & Bird Magazine Issue 370 Summer 2018  

Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation protecting and restoring our wildlife and wild places.