Join the sixth annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge!

How are you using tech for wildlife conservation? A picture says a thousand words, so take a photo this World Wildlife Day and share how you're using #Tech4Wildlife!

Published Date: 2021/02/24

Today is the start of our sixth annual #Tech4Wildlife photo challenge

To celebrate World Wildlife Day on March 3rd, this week we’re asking users of conservation tech to share photos on Twitter of how they use tech in the field and the lab, using the #Tech4Wildlife hashtag. This is your chance to show off your best photos and share the diverse, innovative ways you are using tech for wildlife conservation.

Over the past five years, we've seen orca biologging tags collecting movement data and HD video footage in Norway, a collaborative camera trap project that studied predator/prey relationships by using auditory cues, non-invasive monitoring techniques to identify individual big cats by footprints, machine learning to study bat populations, ROVS and drones surveying for ghost gear underwater in Myanmar and the Indian Ocean, camera collars to capture behavioral data, and much more! So we want to know: How are you using #Tech4Wildlife

This year's header image is from Save the Elephants, who joined the 2020 challenge to share their #Tech4Wildlife work pioneering elephant tracking technology, which is now being used in 12 countries to monitor over 400 elephants. The data from elephant collars helps us understand their behaviour so that we're able to help secure their future. (Image credit: Frank af Petersens / @Ste_Kenya). Check out our 2020 #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge In Review

By participating, you’ll join hundreds of other users of conservation tech and draw attention to all the ways in which tech can be used to support wildlife conservation. In six years, we've seen over 6,000 tweets around the hashtag, with more than 1000 photos and videos posted by our community showing how they're using tech in the wild. Images from our #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge have reached more than 1.5 million people, establishing our #tech4wildlife hashtag as the go-to place for conservation tech on twitter and raising awareness for all the vital conservation work happening within our community on every continent around the globe. If you're just dicovering #Tech4Wildlife, our photo wall is a fanastic visual resource for uncovering the breadth of projects happening in our commnity. 

tech4wildlife post feed

This has been a huge year for the #tech4wildlife community online. In spite of worldwide lockdowns, cancelled field seasons, and other disruptions to conservation tech work, this community has continued to grow. We want to make this year’s #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge bigger than ever, to celebrate all our community and welcome everyone into the world of conservation tech!

We'd love to see what you're working on. To participate this year, all you need to do is: 

  1. Take a photo of how you are using tech to help wildlife (or dig out your favourite photos from past field seasons!)
  2. Share it on Twitter: tell us a bit about your work and the tech featured
  3. Remember to use the hashtag #Tech4Wildlife and tag us at @WILDLABSNET

All week, we will feature all the images shared in our #Tech4Wildlife image feed right here on WILDLABS.NET. 

On Tuesday March 3, we'll celebrate World Wildlife Day and highlight the very best images shared in the 2020 #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge. Make sure you share your photos before March 3rd to be considered for the #Tech4Wildlife honours list! 

We can't wait to see what you're working on! 

Please note that if your picture includes children under the age of 18, by using the hashtag, you grant WILDLABS permission to use that image and represent that you have the authority to grant that permission on behalf of all pictured children.

By participating in the WILDLABS #tech4wildlife campaign through the sharing of photos on social media sites (e.g., without limitation, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), you grant WILDLABS the right to display your photo and/or post on the #tech4wildlife webpage, in WILDLABS's discretion, and represent that you have all rights necessary to grant that right, including without limitation all necessary copyrights and permissions of those featured. If your photo contains images of children under the age of 18, you specifically grant to WILDLABS permission to use those images and represent that you have all necessary authority to grant such permission. If you have any questions about the use of these photos, please email us at [email protected].

#Tech4Wildlife Photo Feed

View the full feed on twitter to see all the photos and videos that have been shared with the #Tech4Wildlife hashtag.