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Mauri A.


San Francisco, CA

Member since:

February 5, 2012


What does "conservation photography" mean to you?

Conservation photography is closely conected to my work in NatureGate online services. At time being NatureGate uses digital photos to facilitate species identification for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, which promotes cnservation of species and habitats/biotopes/ecosystems. When we have opened our platfrm for collaborative knowledge bulding, we are expecting that we can promote conservation photography, activate citizen scientists, all kinds of people to become involved in conservation photography as photographers, as audience, as active collaborative knowledge builders to promote good life, good environment and sustainable development. Good nature photographs, especially of specimens of species in their natural habitat, create strong nature experiences, good feelings, relaxation, willingness to protect those organisms and ecosystems. In that way they wil promote conservation and ecosystem services.

What is your favorite subject matter?

Wild flowers, pollinators like butterflies and bumble bees, trees and shrubs. I find dragonflies facinating. I have university studies both in biology and in geography. I am interested also in geology, soils, geodiversity, fossils as evidence of earlier life forms, landscapes as an outline of ecosystems.

What camera do you currently use?

Mainly Canon. Not any professional level. I have taken hundreds and thousands of nature photos using Canon Ixus series cameras.


Professor of Biology and Sustainability Education (University of Helsinki, Finland), Research Director of NatureGate online services: http://www.nature...­. An expert member of IUCN CEC: http://www.iucn.o...­

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