Earth Day Bolivia 2012

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Español For Earth Day Bolivia 2012 we wanted to do something really significant to create more awareness regarding the need to protect and conserve Bolivia's amazing biodiversity, landscapes, ecosystems and environment. So we decided to ask YOU to help us do that! Bolivia is one of the top 10 most biologically diverse countries on the planet and we want to keep it that way. You helped us show the world the beauty of Bolivia's nature and wildlife by entering nearly 200 photos of Bolivia in our Earth Day Bolivia 2012 photo contest.

The first Earth Day — widely recognized as the birth of the modern environmental movement — was organized in 1970 by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson and young activist Denis Hayes. 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums on April 22, 1970 to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. 42 years later, Earth Day is still going strong. Over one billion people in 192 countries now participate each year.

The theme for Earth Day 2012 is Mobilize the Earth™. In recent years, people have become frustrated by the lack of environmental protection and conservation. The Earth Day 2012 campaign provides people with the opportunity to unite their voices in a call for a sustainable future.

In addition, we enlisted Bolivia's top wildlife and nature photographer, Willy Kenning. Not only is he known throughout the world for his stunning photography, he has sold more books than any other Bolivian author. Mr. Kenning judged all photo entries and chose the final winner! He also sponsored our Earth Day Bolivia photo contest by providing the prize! The winning photo entry will receive an autographed copy of his book "6000+" which features some of the highest elevations and most beautiful landscapes of Bolivia.

Also sponsoring this event is Santa Cruz Crece Verde (Santa Cruz Grows Green), a voluntary environmental education alliance formed as an Earth Day initiative in 2011 between the state government of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and our website, Our mission is to disseminate information on actions taken to conserve and protect our natural resources and environment in Bolivia, and to educate, raise awareness, position and create among the population a desire to keep our cities clean, and ensure our state develops in harmony with the environment, along with a deep respect for nature.

A few words from our judge, Willy Kenning

I chose the photo of the jaguar (or tigre, as we call it in Bolivia) because it is an animal that is in serious danger of becoming extinct, that is continually hunted, and whose habitat is being reduced. The photo shows this animal in great detail, with very good composition and vibrant colors, and the jaguar looks attentive. It should be energetically protected.

The contest contemplates only one winner and only one prize will be given. However, I believe three photographs merit at least an online "virtual" honorable mention:

Honorable Mention No. 1 has excellent composition and was taken at the TIPNIS (Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park), an area that must be protected with tremendous urgency, as we all know.

Honorable Mention No. 2 is a beautiful photo of the Altiplano (Andean highlands), with excellent lighting. The flamingos must also be protected as their feathers are used to adorn folkloric costumes.

Honorable Mention No. 3 shows the importance of protecting our glaciers (this photo must be of the Cordillera Real or Tres Cruces area), an important source of fresh water. Our glaciers have been retreating at drastic rates over the past few decades.

All photos that were entered into the contest are shown in the slideshow above. We sincerely thank all who participated. Each photo, whether a winning entry or not, sends the message we wanted to ensure the world hears: we need to protect our wildlife, our resources and our natural environment. Thank you!

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