June 15 is Nature Photography Day. The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) created the day in 2006 as a way to encourage people to learn and enjoy capturing the beauty of nature through their cameras.
The day also promotes conservation through photography.
Nature photography is a branch of photography that is devoted to taking pictures of natural elements including landscapes, geological formations, and flora and fauna in their natural habitats and in zoos. As a rule, nature photography does not include photographing human subjects, though some exceptions can be made depending on the situation.
Preserving Nature's Bounties
NANPA is a non-profit organization based in the United States that promotes nature photography as a way to preserve and conserve nature and to promote appreciation of the bounties of our natural environment.
How to Celebrate?
Join a local nature photography club and participate in any events they may have on this day.
Take a nature photography class.
Take a hike with your family and friends and take in the nature around you, while capturing the scenes with your camera.
Share your favorite outdoorsy picture on social media.
Volunteer time and money to a local conservation organization.
Did You Know…
…the largest flower in the world is the Rafflesia arnoldii? Found in the rainforests of Indonesia, the flower can grow up to 3 feet (0.914 meters) across.