See It…Snap It…Upload It
October 4, 2013

See It…Snap It…Upload It

From September 21-29, 2013, National Geographic wanted you. Well, they wanted your pictures of nature, at least. They invited the entire world, all of us, to step outside, snap pics of what we see, and share them through National Geographic’s Great Nature Project website.

And just what is the Great Nature Project, you ask? Well, according to the website, “The Great Nature Project is a worldwide celebration of the planet and its wonders. People of all ages are invited to appreciate nature by taking pictures of plants and animals in their worlds, and then sharing those pictures with the whole world. Together we’ll create a global snapshot of the Earth’s incredible biodiversity—and try for a Guinness World Records® title for the Largest Online Photo Album of Animals!” So not only is it a place for people worldwide to share what they see in Nature, but it is also an opportunity to contribute to a Guinness World Record®, which is kind of cool. Sure the main credit will go to Nat Geo, but anyone who submits a photo will know that they, too, helped with the project.

The theme is to see it, snap it, and upload it. To join, the website explains, “snap a picture of a plant or animal in your neighborhood, and upload it to a photo sharing site like Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, or National Geographic Your Shot, making sure to tag it #GreatNature. To participate in the record, add #animal to any animal photo.”

What I really like about this is the push to get the everyday girl or guy to take photos of his or her personal Nature. Sure, many will post pictures from their outdoor adventures, but they could also just step out on their back porch and wait for the birds and bees, animals and plants, flowers and trees to step into their frame. With a quick click, the next step would be to share with the world.

What is more is that people do not need uber technical cameras to participate; they can simply use their personal digital cameras, one-use cameras, or phone cameras. Some of the most amazing photos I have taken in my life have been with the camera on my phone. It is not super high-tech, yet somehow the fact that I can take a pic in an instant has led to some great photographs for memory.

With the Great Nature Project we can share those memories with the world. And we can share in the world’s Nature moments from continent to continent, city to city, country to country. We can all connect with each other simply by taking a photo and sharing it through National Geographic. What a completely cool experience!

Right now, I wish I had a Flickr, Twitter, or Instagram account because I would love to participate in this project. However, I am about social media to death. I do only have Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest, but frankly those are enough for me. Maybe I should have joined Twitter just to participate in the Great Nature Project…or maybe you, sweet readers, should take my place in the project with your own Flickr, Twitter, or Instagram accounts and upload your photo of your Nature. Happy clicking!

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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