Today is the day to use a camera to explore the natural world

Nature Photography Day – 15 June
Since its beginning, enthusiasm for Nature Photography Day continues to grow worldwide. Each year, June 15 is designated by North American Nature Photography Association to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images are used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.
Today is the day to use a camera to explore the natural world, venture out into a garden, park, greenspace. Focus on the sky, peer into the depths of a flower, look at the bark on the tree shading pavement, set up and spend an hour or two watching birds feeding their young, there are so many things to look at and to capture the problem is knowing which and sometimes how to frame your shot to obtain the best image. As Rob Moore wrote last year: "stop taking pictures and start taking photos" (read here on Medium.)
As you may know CJS has been one of the sponsors of the British Wildlife Photography Awards since the first competition in 2009, this year's competition closed last week, however, today NANAPA invites everyone to take photos of our natural world then enter our contest for a chance to win great prizes. Learn more now.
There are plenty of other competitions asking for entries every month and places to exhibit your work and opportunities to see your photos in print by letting organisations use your images, for example CMA would love to have a photo library to call upon to use in their promotions and for Ranger magazine and some organisations need volunteer photographers to document their work and use the photos in their literature too, WWT explain what they need in this article.
It's possible to make a career of a life behind the lens, Piers Warren of Wildeye explains: "It’s an attractive proposition and therefore competitive – but don’t let this deter you – with the right skills and determination it’s possible to create an amazing career filming the world’s magnificent wildlife." To find out what you need you do and what opportunities there are read on.