Carterville FWCO 2014 Photo Contest...Best of the Best
BY ROB SIMMONDS, CARTERVILLE FWCO
We have always known that photos are a great way to tell a story...and we certainly have some stories to tell. Our challenge has always been taking the time to take a great shot of our work, sorting through hundreds of photos now that we are in the digital age, or just remembering to break out the camera when we are in the field. Of course there is also the question of what makes a great photo.
I decided that two things were needed. First, we asked Katie Steiger-Meister, our friendly neighborhood External Affairs photographer extraordinaire, for her thoughts on taking a great photo. She was kind enough to provide a presentation that helped us to better consider lighting, off-centering photos, getting up close, and other helpful tips. Second, as a manager I had to develop just the right blend of carrot and stick. All employees are required to participate (more for techs who are in the field most), but more importantly there is also an award for the best photo of the month (generally lunch on the boss's dime). The result was a great bunch of photos that had always been readily available to us, but are now being captured and catalogued for easy access. A few examples of the great work of our staff (and a contribution from a partner agency) are included!
Credit: Rob Simmonds, USFWS