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  1. Hi, I have searched in Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Superstore, Coles and I cannot find this magazine ANYWHERE!! Please help or provide any information you have as to where I can find it. Thank you

  2. Hmmmm,
    I found it in the first place I looked, which was Britton’s magazine shop in Ottawa. They have a huge selection of magazines, so it is no surprise that they had it, I guess. Sorry I cannot be more help. Good luck getting your hands on a copy.

  3. Where do you draw the line in terms of ‘wild’ wildlife photography? What about the photographer who essentially trains the wild animal to be able to take the photo they envision? For example the photographer who plants meat to lure the wolf in order to get a shot. Is this truely ‘wild’ photography?

  4. Interesting question.

    It is common practice for photographers to lure raptors with live mice. And some people take pictures at bird feeders. Few people seem to have a problem with that. However, it is illegal to feed “dangerous wildlife” like bears, wolves and cougars in British Columbia (and probably other jurisdictions too), so luring them in with food to photograph them could get you in some doo doo. Not to mention the many other risks associated with feeding animals like bears.

    Generally speaking though, I think luring wildlife – particularly carnivores- to photograph them is frowned upon, but not everywhere. There are places in Scandinavia where people feed brown (grizzly) bears the spoils from salmon farms so people hiding in blinds can photograph them. In the old days in Churchill, Manitoba, people used to throw chunks of lard out onto the snow to bring the polar bears within camera range. The white chunks of lard blended in beautifully with the snow and most people never even noticed them in the photos. This not allowed today.

    I definitely draw the line at anything that could cause wildlife (or people) harm in some way for the sake of a few photos. Feeding is almost always in this category, but there are other issues as well. Not long ago two photographers in BC were given large fines, and had their equipment confiscated, after they deliberately damaged the nesting habitat of an endangered warbler when setting up their photography blind.

    It is possible that the high quality images coming out of game farms raise the bar such that people photographing in the wild have to push the ethics envelope to get comparable images (then again, most people will never even see a wolf in the wild let alone have a chance to photograph it). So, if you don’t mind photographing captive animals, one could make the argument that doing so is less harmful than photographers harassing wild animals. That could be a long debate for another time.

    Personally, I would rather produce inferior images taken in the wild, where I get to experience wildlife interacting with its natural habitat. Said in another way, the images are not the bottom line for me. They are the icing on the cake. I studied ecology in university because it fascinates me. Wildlife and landscape photography are simply an extension of that. It is just one way I like to explore the outdoors.

    I’ve met some folks who go to game farms to take photos and have a fabulous time – and I am happy for them. It simply does not appeal to me. The point I was making in the post above is that photographs taken at game farms should be clearly labelled as such and should not be judged against photos from the wild. They are as different as static portraits of people when compared to dynamic sports photos.

  5. Hi,
    great article, i agree with you, i did enter this photo contest in 2010 and 2011 and found that many people enter captive wildlife photos and some have been selected in the winners. I think they should specify or ask before publishing if it’s from captive animals, in the rules of the contest it’s not said anywhere that captive animals photos are not accepted.

    Personally i always entered wild animals photos (even one of my photo won a prize) in that contest and i think they should do a category for captive animals. It’s fun that they publish the photos in a special edition and i’m happy that they published 2 of my photos in that edition but i’m not sure if i will enter that contest again.

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