Two years ago I was reading a forum discussion about underwater photographers complained about they are not allowed anymore to swim with whales to make some great pictures… whales are generally an easy way to get some final shots in great wildlife and underwater photography contests.… so those guys weren’t really happy about New restrictions cause they are a part of whale conservancy their speech was around if we do not do this shots whales cannot be saved and eco tourism cannot develop…… ok why not but what about a great shot put light on a place and brings lot of tourists wanted to get a great shot for their social network ? Those people are ready for everything expecting to get a great photo of a situation. They think those awarded photographers jump push the button and got it perhaps sometimes it happened once or twice but how many get back home and put the Go Pro somewhere on the desk and forget they disturbed underwater life ?
Photography is not a game but a way to tell something to put in light something unknown on a place, a situation, an animal it’s not something funny you need to work on it. Like for this humpback dolphin the last one of Mayotte lagoon finding a new familly with a female bottlenose and a group of Tursiops. Is not a question of fun to show how great is your life. You want to be great join an association spend lot of time underwater to make great photo not to show how great you are but how useful you can be for a better world.
Social media can be a great powerful tool to tell to the world we need to do actions there to preserve life, to change conditions of people etc… but it can also be a stupid tool when people look for vanity instead how to be usefully. Think about the world you want to leave to your children a world full of selfish or a better world