As a wildlife photographer, World Photography Day on August 19th holds special meaning for me. This international celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography is a time to reflect on how this amazing medium allows us to capture fleeting moments in nature and share the beauty of the natural world with others.

Great Egret Flying With A Stick

Great Egret Flying With A Stick

I feel extremely fortunate to have photography as my profession. When I’m out in the field tracking a rare bird or waiting patiently for mammals to emerge, camera in hand, I’m filled with gratitude. Getting the perfect shot of animals in their natural habitat is a thrill – it’s the culmination of countless hours of preparation, research, trailblazing through remote terrain, and being ready when luck and skill collide for a special photo opportunity.

For wildlife photographers, the end result is about more than just a great image. Photography enables us to document biodiversity, show people species and behaviors they may never see in person, and hopefully inspire them to have a greater appreciation for the environment. From endangered species to common backyard birds, each creature is a small miracle worthy of attention.

World Photography Day celebrates all the ways photography makes the world a bit smaller, reminding us that no matter where we live, we are citizens of one planet. For those of us passionate about conservation, photography is an important tool for increasing awareness and helping others make more environmentally conscious choices.

To capture amazing wildlife images requires patience, persistence and passion. But the effort is rewarded when we achieve powerful pictures that resonate with viewers. So this World Photography Day, I celebrate the capacity of this art form to open our eyes to nature’s wonders, beauty and diversity. May our photos motivate people to protect fragile ecosystems and appreciate the wildlife that surrounds us.

Steve Creek, Wildlife Photographer

Equipment Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical Details:

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: May 27, 2023 (06:49 A. M.)
  • Program: Manual
  • Aperture: f7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500
  • ISO: 2500 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +0.7
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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