Inspiring Ocean Protection Through Photography

The ocean provides endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation.
The ocean provides endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

At the height of summer many of us are dreaming of cool ocean breezes, swimming in lakes, and playing in rivers. Our ocean and inland waters provide endless opportunities for recreation, and also endless opportunities to appreciate the beauty – and vulnerability – of the resource that sustains our planet.

We know that photography has the power to connect people to a story far more effectively than words alone. And the act of taking a picture captures a moment in time, creates a memory, that can then be shared with friends, family, and – in the age of social media – with the world. For the many people that don’t live near a coastline photos may be the only way they ever see the ocean, so we need to find ways to both collect and disseminate incredible images that can tell the stories of the ocean – stories of its power and beauty, its vital role in mankind’s survival and also stories of the challenges it faces.

Photography competitions can play an important role in this global storytelling effort. “Out of the Blue” is one such competition currently underway that will showcase the value and importance of our blue planet. This competition is directed to citizens of Commonwealth countries, whose leaders will meet later this year to discuss issues of critical global importance, including the future of the ‘Blue Economy’ – an economy that depends on a healthy ocean. An incredible area of our ocean is within the jurisdiction of Commonwealth countries and more than half of those countries are islands. It’s important to engage the citizens of these critical areas and to capture imagery from around the Commonwealth’s watery environment to celebrate its beauty, highlight —> Read More

Ants in the lead: How ants cooperate in steering food to their nest

A physics-based model can explain how ants cooperate in steering food to their nest. To lug a large object, a number of ants surround it — the back ones lift, those on the leading edge pull. How do they stay on track, instead of simply pulling all around in a sort of tug-of-war? Scientists used video analysis to track the individual movements of ants in a group that was carrying a large food item toward their nest. —> Read More

The bold and the shy one: Could woodlice have personalities?

Put before a predator, one of the defensive behavior terrestrial crustaceans like the Common rough woodlouse can exercise is feigning death. Personality is argued to influence the duration and repetitiveness of the reaction. This is why a team of researchers observed three types of external impact and the variables in the individual woodlouses’ responses. Their findings showed there is in fact a significant individual pattern. —> Read More

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