A conservation image tells a story with an issue behind it. For the Showcase category, the story can be told by the image/caption combination.
The difference between a nature photograph and a conservation photograph is that a nature photograph is a lovely photo of a lovely flower. A conservation photograph is the same flower with a bulldozer in the background approaching it.
This category is just for single image entries. Each entry should be a single image with a caption of up to 500 characters, adding context to the conservation story it represents.
Ideally, there will be an element of impact beyond a typical beautiful photo. One shouldn’t have to read the caption to know there’s something different about the image, but the words can add a full understanding about what’s going on.
Entries in the conservation category cannot be altered or designated photo illustration. Images for this category cannot be altered in any way that would require it to be designated Photo Illustration.
Entries in the conservation category should have an additional dimension beyond images entered in other Showcase categories. The category is not for pretty pictures and captions that force a story. A pretty picture might just belong in another category.
In creating a conservation photo, elements cannot be altered, added or removed to affect the meaning or integrity of the scene.
Review the following winning conservation images from the 2021 Showcase competition to help you form a vision of what constitutes a conservation photo.