The Great Nature Project

The world goes on assignment for National Geographic this week, in a record breaking attempt for nature.

The Great Nature Project, establishes a benchmark initiative to create the largest photographic album of animals—sourced from a global collective of amateur and professional photographers in a week-long picture-based bioblitz event from September 21-29, 2013.

Seeking to amass 100,000 animal images and set a Guinness World Record, the invitation stands open to all with a camera, or camera phone. The assignment to take a photo of an animal, upload and share the image with the Great Nature Project adding the hashtag #animal so it will be counted toward the record.

This unique undertaking aims to inspire people of every age and level of skill to engage in discovery, connect with nature and contribute to a visual archive of the worlds wildlife. National Geographic is uniquely positioned to promote a visual attempt like this, their resources are vast (including project partners like, a favourite film and photography resource for nature lovers) experience unrivalled and ability to captivate and compel through vision and narrative is legendary.

Who among us, hasn’t dreamt of going on assignment for NG?

This is your chance to step into the shoes of a National Geographic photographer, all you need is a camera (yes, mobile devices count) and the spirit to explore!

Australians on Assignment: our subjects are especially rich this time of year—spring has lifted the veil of winter to welcome natures newly born. Animal parents are busy foraging to feed their young and life can be heard, seen and smelled from every corner of the outside world.

Spring is also baby time at Healesville Sanctuary their ‘Bush Babies’ program is free for kids and available only during the spring school holidays. The animals you’ll meet could range from rescued babies to new surrogate mums or young wildlife in need of extra care.

Backyard Biodiversity: the garden is a great place to take a photo-safari, the ecosystem found here consists of invertebrates, avian subjects, botanical delights and much more!But you shouldn’t limit your expeditions to the garden, family events like the Royal Melbourne Show which opened this weekend also offer a wonderful variety of animals to photograph and encounter.

‘See it, Snap it, Upload it!’

Visit the Great Nature Project website for a range of support materials including cool facts about biodiversity, educational resources (great for school projects or community groups) and loads of photos offering a glimpse into the world of nature.


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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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