Camera Trap Photo Contest Yields Great Images—But is it Art?By Michael Frank on December 10th, 2012
You know the old one about the tree falling in the forest…but if a robotic camera takes a photo in that forest, is it art? Okay, who cares. It’s just cool, and if BBC’s Camera Trap Competition, now in its third year, raises awareness about the natural world that’s a good thing. Also, most of this year’s winners are scientists, setting the traps to study populations, their habitats, collect census information, and so on. And just maybe contests like this encourage more amateurs to set their own traps, too, especially parents and kids who live in relatively wild places. Because why not, right? You don’t need to be great with a camera and the odds of winning beat the lotto. Although it’d help to be scientist Zhou Zhefeng whose winning shot of a leopard was caught exceedingly far off the grid, where he was there for a project funded by the Shanxi Wocheng Institute of Ecology and Environment. And the prize? A healthy £3,000. Via BBC Wildlife.
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