DCP Countrywide Free Photo Walk in support of National Geographic's Great Nature Project
DCP Free Weekend Photowalks started as an innovative concept, in 2013 with an objective to help the city dwellers know the wild side of their cities better. We first identified 52 locations, in and around Mumbai, which still have greenery. It wasn’t an easy task and we could successfully conduct 52 weekend photo walks in a series in those 52 locations covering the entire year. The entire team of DCP worked selflessly to make it a grand success. The concept was immensely appreciated and motivated by the undying optimism of the team, we started running parallel photo walks in multiple cities. Popular Global brands in Photography like 500px and globally renowned lens companies like Tamron came forward to shake hands and appreciate the effort to conduct nationwide photo walks and spread further awareness among common man. Since then, we have never looked back. The latest and the most exciting of all the nationwide photo walks series is our country wide photowalks initiative in support of National Geographic's Great Nature Project. The team just completed the third in the series in 7 cities of India and Dhaka, Bangladesh.
You may wonder - how is this walk different from our regular Sunday Photo Walks? The best part of these photo walks is that our participants are encouraged to share their photos of living things with National Geographic’s Great Nature Project so that their photos become scientific records of biodiversity. Photographers can upload photos directly on greatnatureproject.org. The emphasis of the Great Nature Project is more about using photography as a tool to document biodiversity rather than photography as art, and it’s a pleasure that the Great Nature team found our photo walks doing both. Your Shot is the best for getting feedback on photography (and My Shot for Kids!) and you can tag it with #DCP and #GreatNature so that it shows up in the photo stream search. But even your ‘not so perfect’ photos of biodiversity can also be added to the Great Nature Project website along with where and when they were taken to make them a scientifically useful records. When you contribute via greatnatureproject.org, you will also get feedback from people around the world who can help you identify unknown species or comment on what you saw.
This is one of the most prestigious photo walks that we conduct periodically. The Great Nature Project is a global record of the biodiversity around us, starting in our backyard gardens. It encourages people of all ages to go out and document nature by taking pictures of plants and animals in their worlds, and then share those pictures with the whole world online. Its an attempt to create a global snapshot of the Earth’s incredible biodiversity by all of us working together. It is indeed one of the largest initiatives National Geographic has ever taken up. So get outside, explore and join National Geographic’s Great Nature Project … and yes don’t forget to hash tag your images with #DCP and #GreatNature.
Here are some glimpses from our previous photo walks.