As a writer, it may pain me to say it, but a picture really can be worth a thousand words. At some point in our lives, we’ve probably all seen at least one photograph that had the power to stop us in our tracks, marveling that such a beautiful or unusual or iconic moment could be captured on film.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (coming up this Thursday, April 22), the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) was tasked with choosing the “Top 40 Nature Photographs” of all time. Perusing thousands of remarkable photographs and selecting only a few is a difficult (and highly subjective) undertaking; still, the team has picked a stunning collection of images that capture the wonder, spontaneity and beauty of nature that has captivated humans since long before the invention of the camera.
This photo collection has been gathered by Christie’s Green Auction, which is raising funds for CI, Oceana, the Central Park Conservancy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Prints of many of these top photos have been donated by the photographers for sale in the auction – using the power of imagery to help save the world.