Top wildlife photography requires ethics, patience, and kindness

  • More than 100 wildlife photographers have come together for the latest “Prints for Wildlife” campaign, a conservation funding effort that sells unique animal photos at a reduced rate.
  • Their upcoming, third campaign builds on the $1.75 million that they already raised for the conservation NGO African Parks.
  • Freelance photographer Marcus Westberg is part of the effort and joins the podcast to talk about the project, conservation philanthropy, photography, and the ethics behind the shots he captures.

In April 2020, on Mongabay Newscast episode #93, Suzi Eszterhas explained the patience and dedication necessary in her work as a wildlife photographer, the importance of adhering to photography ethics, and how this enables and enhances conservation efforts.

In this episode, photographer Marcus Westberg joins the show to talk about the “Prints for Wildlife” conservation fundraiser, his perspective on wildlife photography ethics, and the importance of kindness while working in the field.

As a freelance photographer who works regularly for the large conservation NGO African Parks, Westberg details his work contributing to the “Prints for Wildlife” campaign. The campaign has raised $1.75 million since 2020 for the South Africa-based NGO that manages protected areas in several African countries.

The third and most recent iteration of the initiative kicks off on Aug. 28 and runs through Sept. 25. Westberg explains the unique nature of the collaboration, which features the works of more than 100 photographers who, as he notes, normally would be competing with each other, but have come together for this conservation fundraiser.

An African Parks ranger with his young daughter in Penjari National Park, Benin. Image by Marcus Westberg.

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A ranger with a rescued putty-nosed monkey in Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo. Image by Marcus Westberg.

Hear the previous conversation we had with Eszterhas, who shares her best advice for capturing great wildlife photos, here:

Banner Image: Two Grauer’s gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DR Congo. Grauer’s gorillas are the world’s largest primates, and highly threatened, their population having declined close to 80% in just a few decades. Image by Marcus Westberg.

Mike DiGirolamo is Mongabay’s audience engagement associate. Find him on Twitter @MikeDiGirolamo, Instagram, or TikTok via @midigirolamo.

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