Nature photography in Singapore – attitude and perspectives

on 27th September 2014

This is a call on nature enthusiasts who regularly take photographs of birds to please join in the survey on attitude and perspectives of nature photography in Singapore. You can upload the survey form from HERE and complete it accordingly. No names are required and entries will remain confidential.

David Tan, from the National University of Singapore’s Avian Genetics Lab is currently undertaking this survey of local photographers to determine their attitude towards certain practices covered in yesterday post: “Call playback, mealworm use, flash photography, mist netting and the like: What length to get the shot?” – LINK. The author of this report, a Malaysian birder based in Ipoh, Perak, has been a regular contributor to BESG since many years ago. Amar’s post was triggered by the unacceptable behaviour of a local “kiasu” photographer and his group who tied a tern chick to a bush in order to have a “perfect” shot LINK.

Unethical field behaviour is not isolated as there had been many instances, like the person or persons who tied the stems of the aquatic plant Typha sp. together to stop the nest from swaying in the breeze – the better to photograph it (photos sent in anonymously).

David’s survey is designed to figure out photographers’ attitudes in such practices. Hopefully the results of the survey will lead to a better understand on how nature photographers approach their craft, and in turn, lead to a better understanding of the nature photography scene in Singapore.

If you like this post please tap on the Like button at the left bottom of page. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the authors/contributors, and are not endorsed by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM, NUS) or its affiliated institutions. Readers are encouraged to use their discretion before making any decisions or judgements based on the information presented.

YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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