This annual observance began in 2006, through the North American Nature Photography Association.  The association’s aim is to promote the enjoyment of nature photography and to tell how images  have been used to protect plants and animals everywhere. Over the years, enthusiasm for  celebrating on June 15 has spread worldwide. 

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Whether by images or words, a story exerts a unique pull, no matter someone’s age. Nature  Photography Day, celebrated this year on Saturday, June 15, is a reminder of the power of  photography to tell stories–and to make a positive difference. The North American Nature  Photography Association encourages people everywhere to use a camera to explore the natural  world. Even a backyard, park, or other place close by can be just right. 

Here are some ways to celebrate Nature Photography Day. 

Learn even more about the natural history of your environment: plants, wildlife, and land. 

Encourage the creative spirit among your family and friends. Tell them about books and online  resources with suggestions on how to photograph flowers, birds, and more. 

Know that your photos can be invaluable, telling vital stories about nature. Find something that  detracts from the natural world, showing images about how human beings sometimes adversely  affect the environment. 

Remind your colleagues about Nature Photography Day and how images have been used to protect  the natural world. If you have a website or blog, spread the news there, too. 

Even before June 15, immerse yourself in the legacy of nature photography by reading about the  work of naturalists as well as pioneers in the profession. 

Take learning even further: Whether you teach online or in person, ask your students to also read  about the experiences of nature photographers—legends of the past and today. 

Build vibrant memories by picking something close to home that you’ve never photographed before.  Then make plans to photograph that subject or scene every June 15. Enjoy the pilgrimage! 

Create a scavenger hunt for birds, butterflies, insects, rocks, and other natural sights likely to be close  to you. But don’t just list what you’ve found. Take photos! 

Finally, ask yourself how your images can help to bring positive changes to the Earth. After all, it’s our  common home.