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How to “Meet Your Neighbours”

Between tiny sizes, detailed camouflage, and an unbelievable ability simply to hide, it’s easy to never notice most of the species living around us every day. The photographers of Meet Your Neighbours are on a mission to change that.

As part of this year’s BioBlitz from National Geographic and the U.S. National Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, this team of photographers are going out with volunteers and scientists as they work to identify every living species of plant and animal they can find.

What Meet Your Neighbours brings specially to the table is a simple but striking method of recording these creatures. Placed against a brilliantly lit white background the animals are isolated from their surroundings, “encouraging appreciation of the subject as an individual rather than a species,” as the group says on their website. “Their own form constitutes the composition.”

In the above gallery, see the photographers at work and the beautiful images they are able to create right out in the great outdoors. Then get outside and meet some of your own neighbors and realize how much you gain by doing it. Again as the group’s website says, “The project is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps – and enriching their lives in the process.”



  1. Krista Schlyer
    Washington DC
    August 27, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Thanks for this great story Andrew!