The nature and environmental photography of Peter Essick

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Torres del Paine National Park, © Peter EssickTorres del Paine National Park, © Peter Essick
 
 
This year, Patagon Journal has the tremendous honor of having as part of its panel of judges for the 2nd Patagonia Photo Contest the longtime National Geographic photographer Peter Essick.
 
Over the past three decades, Peter has shot photos for more than 40 stories for National Geographic magazine. His photos have also been featured in diverse other publications and exhibitions, receiving a slew of accolades. Most recently, Outdoor Photographer Magazine named him one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world. Some of his photos were included in the Time Magazine book Great Images of the 20th Century.
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Ana Stipicic's fight for the environment

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Four years ago, Ana Stipicic became the spokesperson for “Alerta Isla Riesco,” a citizen environmental group determined to protect Riesco Island in southern Chilean Patagonia from the impacts of big mining. Five large open-pit mining projects are proposed for this area to extract coal, threatening one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world and home to unique flora and fauna found in a few other places.
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The perspective of Roberto Candia

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The Chilean photographer Roberto Candia, 43, is part of the select jury that has the mission of choosing the winning photos in the 2nd Patagonia Photo Contest. .
 
The marked influence ofr his father, Sergio, an amateur photographer, along with his childhood and youth living in the southern Chilean city of Puerto Montt,  give Roberto an especially qualified eye for rewarding the best images from Patagonia. From the age of 12 he began photographing his family and surroundings, developing early what would become a life-long passion.
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Update: Wildfire largely controlled at Patagonia Park

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Looking west across the affected area of the future Patagonia National Park this morningLooking west across the affected area of the future Patagonia National Park this morning

 
Monday, March 31—After five days of round-the-clock fighting, wildfires in Valle Chacabuco are under control but continue to burn in several forested pockets.  All fast-spreading grassland fires have been contained, including the flames that threatened the park headquarters on Friday night. We are grateful to report that thus far, no one has been injured and no buildings affected in the fire (although many a truck and tractor have taken a beating!)
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Wildfire at Patagonia Park

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Over 5,000 acres burn in still-raging wildfireOver 5,000 acres burn in still-raging wildfire
 
 
Friday, March 28, 6pm–Quickly, as it’s all-hands-on-deck here in Valle Chacabuco.  Everyone–landscapers, trail builders, mechanics, lawyers, architects, cooks, pilots, along with help from the Chilean Forest Service and army—is pitching in fighting the worse wildfire in memory, with over 5,000 acres burned in the past 48 hours. All of us here feel deeply grateful and proud of how this team has mobilized to protect the park.  Everyone is going far beyond the call of duty and banding together to keep morale high.
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