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ATTN: SHUTTERBUGS ~ PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST ~ FAB PRIZES!!!

 

To all you shutter bugs (camera buffs) out there, here is another opportunity for you to get out in nature to zoom in on the magnificent essence of nature’s animal kingdom.

Canadian Geographic is hosting the “Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition”
~ deadline ~ 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 4, 2012
~ link to enter contest ~ http://photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca/cg/Contests/wpy/Prizes.aspx
~ Categories ~ From the ground up, Things with wings, On the prowl, What’s in the water and Junior Photographers (kids 15 and under)
~ Prizes ~ too many to list here ~ click on the contest link above for a complete list ~ 500 cash prize, a Lowepro Slingshot 102 AW, a family membership to the Canadian Museum of Nature (value $99), a selection of Canadian Museum of Nature products ~ books, pens, cups and t-shirts, in an environmentally friendly bag ($50). Winning photos will also be published in the December 2012 issue of Canadian Geographic and receive a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic ($30) and more…

Watching this YouTube video, “National Geographic’s Best Nature Photos Of The Year”,  by  on Jun 2, 2009, should be all the inspiration you need to pack up your equipment and outdoor gear and head out into nature in search of your award winning ‘shoot and capture’ moment.

~ More inspiration for our aspiring “Award Winning” Photographers ~

Uploaded by on Jan 10, 2011 ~ Some photos from fellow Canadians & animal lovers from a photo competition that I am in; all amateur. The first pic is my entry, the last 4 belong to me also, used as filler. All credit goes to the respective photographers who have captured superb moments in time with some of Canada’s most beautiful & interesting critters. So many more wonderful pictures to be seen on the competition site.”

http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/natureofthings/2010/photocontest/

Link ~ Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition ~ Slide Show ~
http://photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca/photos/wpy_category3/slideshowpro.aspx

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KEVIN RICHARDSON THE LION WHISPERER

Kevin Richardson, animal behaviorist, works with some of the most dangerous animals known to man. He sleeps with lions, cuddles newborn hyenas and swims with lionesses.

Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson has such an intimate bond with big cats that he can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of attack.

Richardson, 32, who is based in a wildlife conservation area near Johannesburg in South Africa, works his unusual magic on other species too. Cheetahs, leopards and even unpredictable hyenas hold no threats for him

A former student of human physiology who once worked with pre and post-operative human patients, Kevin turned to animals ten years ago when he came to the conclusion that he could trust a lion over one of his own kind every time – well, nearly every time.

A close encounter with an aggressive four-year-old male in the early days taught him a lesson he has not forgotten. The animal pinned him to the ground and started biting him until something about Kevin’s passive attitude stopped him in his tracks.

Kevin has always shown an interest in all types of creatures large and small and from an early age at just 3, was breeding crickets under his bed and keeping a pet toad called “Paddatjie”.  He grew from a young boy who cared for so many animals that he was called “The Bird Man of Orange Grove” in his home town to an adolescent who ran wild and, finally, to a man who is able to cross the divide between humans and predators. As a self-taught animal behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them.

Quote from book, ‘Part of the Pride’ –  “As a self-taught animal behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them.” “In ‘Part of the Pride’, Richardson, with novelist Tony Park, delves into the mind of the big cats and their world to show readers a different way of understanding the dangerous big cats of Africa.”

Link to 4 videos –

http://www.lionwhisperer.co.za/video.asp?menuId=5

Read more – 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-464353/The-king-jungle-doesnt-frighten-lion-whisperer.html#ixzz1syuO4Ubd

Kevin Richardson home –

http://www.lionwhisperer.co.za/