"A Photographic Call to Action"

Clyde Butcher, a photographer who lives in the Everglades, uses his nature photographs to support calls for conservation. He's a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, who address issues ranging from poaching to global warming.

"When Clyde Butcher first began exploring the Everglades in 1984, 'there was virtually nothing to photograph — it was one big ditch,' he says. A century of destructive intrusions like artificial canals, levees, pumps and spillways had left the swamps in a fragile and broken state.

But Mr. Butcher, a conservation photographer who lives in Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida, felt that all was not lost.

When birds and fish began to disappear, he drew on his photographs — black-and-white large-format shots depicting the mystery and beauty of the environment — to issue a call to action. ...

Mr. Butcher is not alone: the International League of Conservation Photographers, founded in 2005, has 102 members around the world addressing issues from poaching to global warming through their work.

Many of them are photojournalists, and on Thursday evening, some were on hand for a conservation photography forum at the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Miami. Among them was Connie Bransilver, a nature photographer and charter member of the group."

Rachel Nuwer reports for the New York Times' Green blog October 25, 2011.

Source: Green/NYT, 10/26/2011