December 31, 2021
Looking back at my top 12 images of 2021 has been very interesting. I have received a lot of great exposure for my wildlife and nature conservation photography. Selecting these top 12 was based on the how well they were received on social media. In addition, how well they did in photo contests mattered. Of course, a few were just some of my favorites. I hope you will enjoy these images.
I found that the majority of the top 12 images were wildlife with only a couple of bird images and one landscape image. For many years, I was mainly a bird photographer, actually a water bird photographer with landscape/seascapes photography. However, over these last few years, I have developed better skills as a landscape/seascape photographer. So I was surprised that I ended up with only 1 scape image in my top 12 images.
I would say that 2021 brought me opportunities to photograph some new wildlife subjects such as the red foxes. I have had some of my red fox images do well in photo contests and on social media. During last spring, I absolutely loved being out there watching, observing and photographing the red foxes and their many kits. I cannot wait to get back out in the spring of 2022 to observe and photograph more of the red foxes.
Over the past couple of years, one of my new favorite subjects has been the American Bullfrog, and on occasion Green Frog. I continue to be inspired each year to photograph the frogs at Norfolk Botanical Garden. I try to find and capture new compositions that show the beauty of this amphibian.
Top Image of 2021
The American Bullfrog Sitting on Pine Needles was most definitely my top image fro 2021. It did very on social media and in photos contests. This image made finalist in the Great Outdoors 2020 Photo Contest by Outdoor Photographer. Then later in 2021 it was named in the Top 250 Winning Images of the 2022 NANPA Showcase Photo Competition. This image has produced well for me this past year and brought some national attention to my photography.
3 Red Fox Images in My Top 12 images
As I mentioned before, my red foxes images have done well with 2 red fox kit images placing in photo contests here in Virginia. The Red Fox Kit Exploring was the grand prize winner of the 2022 Our Common Agenda Photo Contest held by Virginia Conservation Network. As the grand prize winner, my fox image is the cover image for the 2022 Our Common Agenda which outlines conservation priorities for the Commonwealth of Virginia. So, this was definitely a very important win for me as a conservation photographer.
My other Red Fox Kit in Grass Meadow just missed the cut for being in my top 12 images; however, it was recently named as a honorable mention in the 2021 Virginia Vistas Photo Contest in the Wildlife in Vistas category.
The image of my Red Fox Kit Looking Up to Vixen was the image in 2021 that received the most likes on Instagram and actually did pretty well on Twitter, being one of the most commented on posted images of mine. I want to give a shout-out and a big thank you to A Bender, Nature Photographer, for sharing this image on @nanpapix on Instagram back in August where it got over 300 likes. I have seen my social media followers increasing this past year and hope that trend continues in 2022.
The third red fox image in my Top 12 images of 2021 is a personal favorite of mine as I have a very special memory of photographing that Red Fox Kit with Rabbit. Unfortunately, it did not do well in a couple of photo contests in which I entered this image.
Butterflies and Caterpillar in my Top 12 Images
In 2021, I made a move from Norfolk, Virginia to Hampton, Virginia. Since I had a yard again, I created a butterfly garden. The purpose behind this garden was to help the declining monarch butterflies by providing host plants of milkweed as well as nectar plants. Of course, you know, as a photographer, I would want to photograph the visitors to my backyard butterfly garden. In the first year of its existence I had over 12 monarch caterpillars as well as black swallowtail caterpillars that fed on my fennel.
As for butterflies, I had a lot of little skipper butterflies with a few Monarch and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies that would come to feed off the nectar plants. I photographed some awesome images of the caterpillars and butterflies in my garden this past year. I am looking to add a few more nectar plants, butterfly house and maybe another host plant or two to my backyard butterfly garden next spring. So, I am hoping for even better things as this has turned out to be a conservation project for me called Butterfly Preservation.
Last of the Top 12 Images of 2021
This past year in 2021, I saw a little decrease in my bird photography. However, two of the biggest amounts of time that I did spend photographing birds were with ospreys and brown pelicans. I really love the osprey on the nest with the trumpet flowers. I found it to be such a unique image. The lone scape image on my top 12 images is a picture of the Yorktown fishing Pier at Yorktown beach. The sunrise that morning had some very gorgeous light. I was able to capture a variety of sunrise images from that morning. And the last image that made my Top 12 Images of 2021 was a baby rabbit which got a lot of love on social media.
Images for Conservation
In 2021, I was fortunate to volunteer with non-profit organization called Wild Virginia, and they are focused on “Protecting and Connecting Your Favorite Wild Places”. I serve on their communication team, and I licensed them 20 of my images to use on their website, blog, etc. Also, in the last few months I started working on the Virginia Wildlife and Corridors project with Wild Virginia and Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative to help educate and bring awareness to Virginians about the need for wildlife corridors and crossings.
In addition, I licensed another 10 images to Virginia Community Rights Network (VACRN). VACRN’s focus is on “Uniting the Rights of Nature and Community”.
My Focus on Photography Subjects for 2022
For 2022, I want to continue to photograph a variety of subjects such as birds, wildlife, macro and scapes. I want to continue focusing on photographing Virginia’s wildlife and nature and building storytelling images that will continue to inspire others to appreciate our natural world and to advocate for wildlife and our environment. One goal I have is to most definitely work on creating a lot more scapes images.
Exciting Things Will be Happening in 2022
Stay tuned! I will be announcing some great opportunities coming up for me in 2022. If you have not already signed up for my monthly newsletter, you can do so at the end of this post. Also, you can follow me on social media as I regularly post on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (links below). Great things are happening with Lori A Cash Conservation Photography.
I wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year in 2022 with much happiness and good health.
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Let’s protect our wildlife and nature!
All the very best,
- Humpback Whales in Monterey BayPhotographing humpback whales and their behaviors such as breaching and tail fluke up dive in the Monterey Bay off the coast of California.
- Article Published on Nature Photographers NetworkArticle on Photographing Butterflies Through Their Life Cycle by Lori A Cash was published on Nature Photographers Network. This article discusses the life cycle of butterflies, conservation efforts and tips on photographing butterflies.
- Article on Pollinator Corridors Published on Wild Virginia BlogPollinator corridors provide the habitat needed for our declining pollinators with the use of native plants and flowers in our gardens or along roadsides.
- 2023 Butterflies Calendars Now Available at My Zazzle Store2023 Monarch Butterflies Wall Calendar and a variety of Butterfly Calendar now available for purchase at my Zazzle Store.
- Images Published in Our Common Agenda: 2023 Environmental Briefing BookImages photographed by Lori A Cash Conservation Photography published in our Our Common Agenda: 2023 Environmental Briefing Book for conservation policies for Virginia.
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