Join the fifth 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: 2020/02/26

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

To celebrate World Wildlife Day, 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 the diverse, innovative ways you are using tech for wildlife conservation.

Over the past five years, we've seen proximity loggers on Tasmanian Devils in Australia, tags on endangered minki whales in Antarctica, tiny tags tracking desert bats in Kenya, acoustic tracking of endangered hawksbill sea turtles in Ecuador, camera traps watching snow leopards in Mongolia, 3D cameras mounted on drones filming river dolphins in the Amazon, and camera traps capturing Jaguar in Bolivia. So we want to know, how are you using #Tech4Wildlife

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. Through the sharing of these photos and the accompanying stories, we discover and connect people and projects who are pushing technology to provide better tools to help us understand, monitor and protect our natural world. In four years, our community has shared hundreds of photos and videos. We've seen over 6,000 tweets around the hashtag, with more than 700 photos and videos posted showing how they're using tech in the wild. These tweets have been seen by more than 1,000,000 people. 

In 2019, the World Wildlife Day the was around celebrating life in the world’s oceans, so it was fitting that our top #Tech4Wildlife honour was taken out by Regina Eisert with her incredible photos from her work in Antarctica. Regina went on to share that with the help of Anthony Powell, they built a multi-media whale trap combining acoustic monitoring with surface and underwater camera traps. Regina's team work off the sea ice in McMurdo Sound, which provides excellent conditions for setting 'whale traps'. In her words: 'Stable sea ice, lots of whales, and water as clear as gin'. She wrapped up her #tech4wildlife entry with a powerful video of a minke whale captured under the ice with their whale trap. One of the many photos she shared is featured as our header image for the 2020 #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge.  

Check out our 10 favourite entries from the 2019 #Tech4Wildlife Photo challenge.

To participate this year, all you need to do is: 

  1. Take a photo of how you are using tech to help wildlife
  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

In the week leading up to World Wildlife Day on March 3, 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.