Top 40 Nature Photographs of All Time

Admin May 16, 2010 0

The exercise of selecting the Top Forty Nature Photographs of all time in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day is both an honor and a tremendous challenge. It may not be possible to for anyone to create a definitive selection of the forty “best” or “most important” nature photographs, if only due to the vast variety of criteria that must be considered. We decided to try anyway.

The International League of Conservation Photographers, a fellowship of the top professional conservation photographers working today, was recruited to nominate nature photographs that the member photographers considered to be “the best,” in whatever way they chose to define it. They were encouraged, however, to consider factors such as aesthetics, uniqueness, historical and scientific significance, or contribution to conservation efforts. The photographers were not permitted to self-nominate.

The Top Forty nominations, which represent a diverse spectrum of styles and genres and span over 100 years of the history of photography, are presented here. We hope you enjoy them, and that you will express your thoughts about the images that have meaning for you in each image’s “comments” section.

Some of these photographs have been generously donated by the photographers or their representatives for the inaugural Christie’s Green Auction in support of Conservation International, Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Central Park Conservancy.

Please visit www.christies.com/features/auctions/0410 /greenauction/?CI… for more information on the Inaugural Green Auction.
Visit
www.abidtosavetheearth.org/ to bid on items in the silent auction, including signed prints of some of the Top 40 images.

© Ansel Adams, Corbis by ILCP © Ansel Adams, Corbis by ILCP © Brent Stirton/Getty Images for Newsweek by ILCP © Brian Skerry by ILCP © Brian Skerry by ILCP © Chris Johns/National Geographic Stock by ILCP
© Chris Johns/National Geographic Stock by ILCP © Chris Johns/National Geographic Stock by ILCP © David Doubilet by ILCP © David Doubilet by ILCP © Doc White by ILCP © Frans Lanting by ILCP
© Frans Lanting by ILCP © Frans Lanting by ILCP © Galen Rowell by ILCP © Galen Rowell by ILCP © George Shiras/National Geographic Stock by ILCP © Jim Brandenburg by ILCP
© Jim Brandenburg by ILCP © Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic by ILCP© Jim Brandenburg by ILCP © Michael Kenna by ILCP © Michael K. Nichols/National Geographic Stock by ILCP © Michael K. Nichols/National Geographic Stock by ILCP
© Michael K. Nichols/National Geographic Stock by ILCP © Minor White, courtesy of Princeton University by ILCP © Nick Brandt by ILCP © Paul Nicklen by ILCP © Paul Nicklen by ILCP © Peter Dombrovskis by ILCP
© Tom Mangelsen by ILCP © NASA, photo by William Anders by ILCP © David Muench, Muench Photography Inc. by ILCP © Mitsuaki Iwago by ILCP © Robert Glenn Ketchum by ILCP © Jack Dykinga by ILCP
© Eliot Porter, Amon Carter Museum by ILCP © Steve Winter by ILCP © Eliot Porter, Amon Carter Museum by ILCP Photograph by Edward Weston © 1981 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents by ILCP
[Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilcptop40/]
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