Ecosystems are everything around us, habitat, flora and fauna, including the interactions between them. They are all the areas that never fail to surprise us and take our breath away, and that can be so varied, unique and impressive as the Tepuis of La Gran Sabana in Venezuela, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or the Himalayas in Asia.
Every time that we have the chance to climb a mountain, walk an esplanade, go to a beautiful beach, or be in any other environment that shows little human intervention, we feel like we are in the middle of paradise. But perhaps it is more common for us to frequent environments where human intervention plays a key role and is part of the surroundings, even from ancient times, as in Tikal in Guatemala, Machu Picchu in Peru or any European cultural landscape. In many cases, human intervention can completely change the ecosystem, degrading it, threatening the biodiversity present in it or driving it to collapse, as occurred in the Aral Sea, in Central Asia.
As a way to raise awareness of our planet’s ecosystem diversity, and the role human beings play on this diversity, we invite you to document and share with us images from the ecosystems where you live or have visited, by participating in the Second IUCN Red List of Ecosystems Photo Contest.
If you are not a professional photographer, no worries! You do not have to be one to participate! Just go to your favorite landscape, take a picture and send it to us through [email protected] or through [email protected] Registration and reception of photographs will start on Friday July 25th and finish on Sunday October 5th of 2014. You can participate in any of these two categories: Wild Beauty, where ecosystems are displayed without visible human intervention, and The Changing World, in the case of ecosystems that show a human impact, either positive or negative. The photos that receive the highest number of “Likes” via our Facebook page will be evaluated by a jury, which will select the winning photos for each category.
The earliest you send your photo(s), the more “Likes” it may have!
Winners will be announced during the IUCN World Parks Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia, in November 2014. As part of the prize, selected photos will be exhibited at the Congress and published on the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems’s website.