The contest has the larger goal of photo-documenting common species, some of them already under threat

Conservation of wildlife involves not just the protection of the tiger or the elephant, but an appreciation of all wonders of nature, including ants, bees, garden lizards, common birds and plants in one’s backyard.

In an effort to take this message across all sections of people, especially those in cities, a “BiodiverCity Photo Contest” organised by the Nature Forever Society (NFS) opens on Republic Day. Not merely making people aware of the often overlooked rich flora and fauna around them, the contest has the larger goal of photo-documenting common species, some of them already under threat. There is a chance that people in the process of taking photos could stumble on hitherto unknown species in cities that have virtually turned into concrete jungles.

The objective is to involve as many people as possible, even if they are equipped just with a mobile phone or point and shoot camera, in this massive photo documentation exercise across the country, says Mohammed Dilawar, conservationist with NFS, prime mover of the novel awareness programme. Photos taken inside national parks and protected areas as well as those of domesticated and caged animals and pets are not allowed.

Contest details

Participants can submit entries until the midnight of February 28. Registrations can be done at www.thehindushutterbug.com, The Hindu’s in-house app. Each participant can upload two photographs. The winning photograph will be featured in The Hindu and top entries will be displayed online, at www.thehindu.com. Submitted images will be sent to The Hindu archives for future use, with due credit.