Your event photo is one of the most important parts of your action. By sharing all of our photos, we’ll be able to demonstrate the size and beauty of the growing global climate movement on a single day.
Here’s a great example photo of a simple, small action that has all the key elements:
Here are seven guidelines to help you get a great action photo:
1. Check the camera.
Make sure that it works, someone knows how to use it, and that its batteries are fully charged. Use the best digital camera you can find, and ask someone with the most knowledge of photography to take the photo. If possible, organise a backup camera. If you have to use a film camera rather than a digital one, make a plan to have the film developed as quickly as possible so it can be shared with the world.
2. Gather your people.
It’s crucial that you gather everyone together at your action for your photo – this is how we can show world leaders just how big this movement is. Think about a location where you’ll be able to capture a photo of everyone present.
3. Show a dot.
We can’t “connect the dots” without dots! Use signs, banners, the people with you, cardboard, canoes, land cleared of dead vegetation, or whatever else you can think of to form your dot. If people across the world send in photos with dots from their events, we can connect them online to tell the story of what climate change is already doing to the planet and its people.
4. Show us where you are.
If possible, include local landmarks or typical surroundings of your area in your picture. If you live in a city, have some buildings in the shot, or if you live by the sea, let’s see some water. Be careful not to make the people and the 350 too small in the picture, though.
5. Take more than one picture!
It’s easy to take a few shots of groups, also from different angles or closer and further away. This will allow you a choice from which you can select your best images. Be creative with some of your shots!
6. Check the picture.
Most digital cameras allow you to instantly review your pictures. Make sure your pictures look OK before everyone goes home.
7. IMPORTANT: Send us your best image.
We ask that you submit your best photo as soon as you can — and you can get instructions on how to do that right here.
Good luck! We can’t wait to see your wonderful images!