Visual exploration of environmental issues: Photographers as environmental advocates

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Photographers of recent years document land, nature, and the environment to reveal to the public, politicians and lawmakers decay or spoiled lands, endangered cultures and wildlife, and other issues affecting the degradation of Earth’s natural resources and all its inhabitants. Different from their predecessors, contemporary photographers use all media to expose and make the public aware of wide-ranging environmental concerns. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to explore how photographers visually document environmental issues. Interviews and analysis of environmental and nature photographers’ websites are the primary sources for this exploratory study. Findings reveal photographers do not just document the environment, they engage in media as activism. More than words and pictures, media activism comprises a myriad of mediated content from still photos, to moving images, graphics, audio, web and mobile devices, as well as social media all in an effort to improve society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-320
Number of pages15
JournalMedia Watch
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Advocacy
  • Environment
  • Land
  • Nature
  • Photography
  • Visuals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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