This week’s photo challenge ‘Earth‘ offers me the perfect opportunity to introduce you to GaiaGuardians. The brainchild of my friend and mentor Karen Thurman, GaiaGuardians builds upon the work that Karen started in 2014 with the On Your Doorstep project and is all about inspiring the protection of Mother Nature through art. As Karen reminds us,
Art can be a powerful tool in driving change. Ansel Adams’ photography of the Sierras led to the designation of lands as National Parks in the US. Sebastiao Salgado’s Genesis project is about “seeing and marveling, understanding the necessity for the protection of natural beauty and inspiring action for its preservation.” There is much beauty to preserve and we don’t have to go far to find it. In our own country, county and hometown, Gaia’s glory abounds.
GaiaGuardians is looking for art and literature that celebrates nature: photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, tapestries and other needlework, stories, poems and more. There are only three simple rules:
- The work has to be your own
- It has to be from your country of residence (there is exception is for people who are on long-term travels)
- It has to be of nature
**Note – the crew of Amandla are happily sailing along the east coast of Australia toward Fraser Island with limited internet access so response to comments may be delayed **