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Debra Gail is committed to Nature First. Read more to find out why.

“Help conserve the places we love and photograph through wise use, education, outreach, community, and research.”

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From Debra Gail on Nature First:

“Many of Earth’s greatest landscapes and treasured public lands are in jeopardy due to increased traffic and decreased care. Therefore, I feel a sense of responsibility to contribute to the preservation of these places. Because of this, I made a commitment and joined Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography.

I’m a proud member of Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography and I’m dedicated to following the principles of Nature First.

Nature First is an organization whose mission is to ‘promote the protection and preservation of the world’s natural and wild places through inspiring, educating, and uniting everyone making photographs and videos in nature; empowering them to be ambassadors of the natural world.’

As a photographer, I explore our natural world almost every day. And, this makes me a perfect candidate to share information and the Nature First principles that will further protect the land and animals we love.

Also, as a nature photographer, it’s easy to assume that my own actions in this great big world are inconsequential. But the opposite is true.

nature first – debra gail

Nature First – Debra Gail

The Principles of Nature First

  • Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
  • Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  • Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  • Use discretion if sharing locations.
  • Know and follow rules and regulations.
  • Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
  • Actively promote and educate others about these principles

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To learn more or to become a member, check out Nature First.

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