Environmental Photojournalism: Who’s Got What It Takes?

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Being paid to travel around the world and take photographs of breaking news? Sign me up! Environmental photojournalism is without a doubt one of the most interesting forms of journalism a photographer could take on. Traveling to phenomenal locations around the world seems like business mixed with pleasure; a perfect combination for a photojournalist. Having the opportunity to become involved with natural disasters and manmade disasters is an experience worth waiting for. Along with this, being an environmentalist photographer is a great method of communicating the true environmental issues occurring around the world because pictures are the all-time verification for an event that occurs.

The BP Oil Spill that effected the marine life along the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, was a phenomenal disaster that occurred due to an accidental marine oil spill, that was ranked the world’s largest oil spill in history. The photograph above shows multiple patches of smoke rising into the atmosphere of oil being burned as a cleanup process that was used to help erase the disaster that occurred. The man who took this photograph, Joel Sartore, captured an amazing shot of oil patterns reflecting off the water, with boats nearby keeping the burning under control. This photograph captures many different elements of the event itself, but also the larger image of man destructing earth. It captures the perfect message that humans created this disaster. Even though it was an accident, we, as humans, had the ability and power to create such a negative impact on the ocean and the species that it contains. Sartore was able to capture the entire disaster in just one image, which is truly a gift for a photojournalist. For more image from the BP Oil Spill, click here.

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This image with a duck wading in a pond with plastic strewn about behind it is another great photograph that portrays the life of a photojournalist. These photojournalists are able to get up close and personal, and experience something extremely unique. For more spectacular images of environmental photographs where humans have effected wildlife and nature, you can view them here.


4 thoughts on “Environmental Photojournalism: Who’s Got What It Takes?

  1. Great post, I feel that this entry matched well with the theme of your blog and the pictures on your blog as well. I was very intrigued by the different responsibilities of photojournalists, and the fact that I enjoy taking photographs as well made me hooked on what you were writing about. Pictures truly speak a thousand words, and I feel you detailed that well with written and visual examples.

  2. It would be really interesting to be able to travel around for a living. I also think it would be really interesting to see the environmental damage in person. I really think it would change how you think about the environmental issues we face.

  3. I think working for a publication such as National Geographic is a chance of a lifetime… You get paid to travel, marvel, take photographs, and experience moments that most people would only DREAM of. I think environmental photojournalism is so unique so I really appreciated this post of yours!

  4. This is definitely really similar to one of my dream jobs. I would love to be a traveling photojournalist and anthropologist. I’ve always been intrigued and fascinated by natural disasters, and capturing them at that exact right moment. I really liked this post!

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