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.