Thursday, August 20, 2009

Leave only footprints...

August 20, 2009
Robert Friel penguin photograph sums up the conservationist mantra

It is an image that sums up the conservationist’s mantra “Leave only footprints. Take nothing but photographs.”

As British photographer Robert Friel was leaving the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, he noticed that a curious King Penguin chick had wandered over to examine the shoeprints he had made in the wet sand.

The resulting photograph, a highly commended entry into this year’s Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, is both an entertaining picture and a reminder to all who visit wild places that they must tread lightly. In Mr Friel’s words: “However brief and well-managed our visits, we are intruding on their environment.”

This year the competition, which is run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine attracted a record-breaking 43,135 entries from around the world, also including Danish photographer Morten Hilmer's backlit image of Arctic hares squaring up for a fight.


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