Choosing an Ethical Photography Workshop

Grey owls typically punch through the snow to capture the prey moving beneath the surface, as seen in this image. However, we often see images of great grey owls swooping down to pluck mice off the top of the snow. That is indicative of a scene captured using store-bought mice. © Daniel Dietrich
Grey owls typically punch through the snow to capture the prey moving beneath the surface, as seen in this image. However, we often see images of great grey owls swooping down to pluck mice off the top of the snow. That is indicative of a scene captured using store-bought mice. © Daniel Dietrich

By Sarah Killingsworth & Daniel Dietrich

Getting started in wildlife or nature photography can be overwhelming, with gear to select, locations to identify and scout out, and numerous new skills to learn. Many photographers look to photography workshops or guides to help them build skills or capture a “dream shot.” But how do you know if the person you’re hiring for a photo workshop is ethical? Are the shots you see on Instagram truly wild animals, not manipulated in any way? Are they taken at game farms, where animals are bred specifically for photography? Are they lured in with bait? Are they captive animals simply not disclosed as such?

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Volunteer Profile: Daniel Dietrich

NANPA volunteer and ethics committee member Daniel Dietrich.

NANPA volunteer and ethics committee member Daniel Dietrich (and some precious cargo).

Volunteers are the life blood of membership organizations.  At NANPA and the NANPA Foundation, volunteers serve on committees, help plan conferences, present webinars, judge competitions and evaluate grant applications.  Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and play other key roles in keeping NANPA vibrant, relevant and growing.

This is the third of an occasional series of volunteer profiles, saluting those whose hard work, ideas, passion and commitment benefit NANPA and its members.

NANPA recently had the opportunity to ask NANPA ethics committee member Daniel Dietrich a few questions about his volunteer experiences.

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