Wildlife Ethics

Wildlife Ethics | Responsible Wildlife Viewing


The Principles of Ethical Field Practices

At Expedition Wild, we are big believers that following these practices promotes the continued health and well-being of the location, subject, and the photographer. Each plant, animal, and place (both above and below water) is unique in its own way, and impacts can happen over time.


It is always important for one to always try to practice good individual judgement. It is the belief of us at Expedition Wild that these principles will make all who participate in enjoying nature does so in ways that promotes taking care of the resource.


Environmental: Knowledge of the Subject and Place


Social: Knowledge of Rules and Laws



Individual: Expertise and Responsibilities


Photographic Truth in Captioning Statement

Technology and software has led to a huge explosion in how popular nature photography is, and has brought with it almost unlimited possibilities for photo editing. We are strong proponents of truth in captioning which helps achieve three valuable goals of consistent and accurate image captioning:


At Expedition Wild, we believe methods and definitions offered here can act as a resource for accurate captioning in this digital age. Our intent here is to create a common vocabulary, assisting interested photographers in captioning their images correctly and on par with industry standards.

The Elements of Accurate Captioning

Accurate captions give honest context and empower visitors to understand the photographer’s perspective. These are the building blocks to accurate captioning:


The “What” – This is a description of what the photo depicts. Just an honest description of what is being photographed will do, along with any notes on the species of animals or plants in the image.


The “When” and “Where” – Note the time, location, and year the photo was taken. Location and time are important factors for any photo. You can omit specific details like location if the subject of the photo is an endangered species or other vulnerable subjects. You can even strip your photos of GPS and other metadata.


The “How” – Being honest about the conditions under which the photo was captured. Most people think nature shots are pretty straightforward and simple to understand, but it’s important for photographers to communicate the conditions and stories behind certain pictures.

Check out the ethics guide by Nanpa. They have also put together a great guide for wildlife photographers and how they should interact with their wild subjects!  You may also want to take a look at our photo page.