Everything is for the perfect picture, but there are limits

Nature photographer Rick Buesink. Photo: Omrup Gelderland

Otterlo – those who depict animals in nature must adhere to the rules. That’s what forester Frank Theunissen of Natuurmonumenten and Rick Buesink of JNM Youth in Nature say. In doing so, they respond to the criticisms of the photographers, who are trying their best to get a perfect picture.

Photographers in Hoge Veluwe National Park recently approached a wolf a few meters away. Several fines have already been issued and a photographer has been removed from the park.

A good nature photographer adheres to the Ten Golden Rules. It can be found on the Natuurmonumenten website. The basis for this code of conduct seems simple: just photograph the animals and plants in their environment and don’t disturb them.

However, this is what happens. We read reports of wildlife photographers putting butterflies in the refrigerator, drugging frogs with spray cans, feeding croquettes to foxes, trampling plants, climbing trees to approach nests and walking around restricted areas. Now he also approached the wolf at a petting distance. Everything seems fair to the prettiest picture.

Address or reference

Forest ranger Frank Theunissen of Natuurmonumenten sees this with some regularity in his work area in South Philoy: “People who deliberately go into restricted areas. I’m a speaker and I believe in giving information to people, but when the abuses happen in a comfort zone, you always get the a ticket “. Then the fine is about 100 euros.

Rick Buesink has long been associated with JNM Youth in Nature, which organizes several photography camps and excursions each year. Buesink is also a nature photographer and is very clear: “The best thing about photographing nature is to show the animal in its natural environment. That’s why we often go out early, eg insects and other animals sit in place because it’s even cooler.”

They also teach young people between the ages of 11 and 25 to respect nature. Buesink: “Young children are especially excited when they see big birds or birds. They want to take the cutest pictures, but we are very opposed to them in pursuit of animals.”

old hand at work

Louis Fraanje of Ede, now 72, has been taking pictures in Veluwe for more than fifty years. He’s not pleased with the way some of the photographers are doing it: “Ridiculous, that’s a bridge too far! We never go into a restricted area. We see others doing it. Then I’ll talk to someone like that. Next time I’ll pass it on.”

Watch a conversation with Frank Theunissen and Rick Buesink:

Leave the little animals alone

Forest ranger Theunisen agrees, but believes most in explaining the necessity. He does this mainly with people in nature. Theunissen: “I saw it with these paparazzi with that wolf. That was a little animal that didn’t yet know what to do. They are easy to reach, but you have to get away from them. I’ll explain that. Stay on the roads and the trails. I have to say, 99 percent of the paparazzi stick to the rules. , but others spoil it for the rest.”

Frank continues, “As a human, I respect nature. Know that animals cannot use their terrain during the day. So stay out of restricted areas and stay away before sunrise and after sunset. Especially with stray dogs, you are really disrespectful in the process.”

Nature photographer Louis Fraani also says he always sticks to the rules. Together with his wife, Francian, he maintains an extensive weblog under the name Filoy. There you can see photos. Fraanje: “And there are also stories. You know, we nature lovers have the camera with us and try to capture what we experience. Our motto is: Respect to all that lives, greetings and prosperity. ”

The Ten Golden Rules of Nature Photography:
1. Photographing animals and plants only in their environment; 2. Do not catch or disturb any animals; 3. Do not provide special food for the image; 4. Photograph the nests only if it does not disturb the animals; 5. Keep a proper distance when shooting; 6. Getting acquainted with the nature and ecology of the species; 7. Images of nature are not regulated and manipulated; 8. Be a good guest and do no harm to nature; 9. Do not enter restricted areas and adhere to the rules of access, unless permission has been given to deviate from this; 10. Do not leave any waste or other traces.

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