Animal Cruelty on Photography


A photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene’s visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. The process and practice of creating photographs is called photography.

Jimmy McIntyre is an experienced travel photographer for almost 4 years. He have incredible pleasure of shooting amazing spots all over the world and teaching photography on 4 different continents. He have also written for some of the largest online photography publications in the world, and had photos published in local and national publications, including the BBC.

On his blog site “Through Strange Lenses“, he wrote an article about the famous Cormorant Fishermen which he wanted to photograph a long time ago.

But according to McIntyre, that many photographers do not admit because they don’t want to spoil the illusion, that these guys are no longer fishermen, since they make more money than from tourists, they gave up their trade to become professional models.

Often, photos of these fishermen, fishing birds with their mighty wings wide open. It makes for an interesting sight, and hoped he could capture it too.

What he didn’t realize was that to get the bird to do that, the fishermen grab the bird by the neck and dunk it in the water. The bird then stands with its wings open to let them dry out.

Cormorant Fisherman

Another travel photographer is Ignacio Palacios, he described about what can happen when the need to “get it right in camera” is taken to a revolting extreme. Palacios have seen photographers that call themselves “nature photographers” cutting branches off trees, and even worse once in Indonesia, while he’s diving, he have seen some “wildlife photographers” breaking coral reefs and rearranging them to get the perfect shot. That made him really angry and he’s sure that some of those photographers have presented their “untouched” RAW images in competitions but wished they had actually done some cloning in Photoshop instead.

How a photographer can justify destroying the nature they’re supposed to be documenting and sharing with the world for the sake of a prettier picture I’ll never understand. It feels tantamount to selling your soul for a few more likes, or an ill-gotten award.

Meanwhile Ellen Cuylaerts is an underwater photographer. A traveler, adventurer, and in awe of nature’s beauty. Cuylaerts, also a master diver have a deep respect for the undersea creatures she photographs but not everyone.

There are some instances where underwater photographer literally push the turtle down deeper while trying to get away, struggling to get back to the surface to take a breath for buoyancy.

Before turtles dive, they take an appropriate breath for the depth they’ll go to and the time they plan to stay underwater. So when a photographer does what my instructor described, they could very possibly be killing their subject.


Alarming but in the name of photography, some would take risk even if it can cause damage just to get the shot. Let’s just hope photographers will take it to a higher standard to avoid hurting the nature.