Call for Writers

Island Nature is always interested in well-written articles about nature and nature related activities on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We are also interested in helping to publicize nature related events, activities and festivals.

Guidelines

Please submit your ideas by email as a means to reduce the use of paper. All submissions must include your name, and e-mail address. They should be at least 500 words long. Articles can be sent as a Word .doc format, as a Text .txt file, or in the body of the email itself.

Once received, articles are considered by our editors and its fit with the concept of the magazine evaluated. Articles must address a nature related topic that is relevant to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Not all material submitted will be published by Island Nature.

If your article is published, you will be offered space for a 30-50 word credit/bio as well as a link back to your web site if applicable. Regular columnists (submitting at least one article per month) will also be featured in our regular contributors section with space for a 100 word bio.

While Island Nature welcomes articles submitted by eco-tour companies that operate on Vancouver Island, all articles must be free of internal advertising. Readers should be able to walk away from the article with information about a nature related destination or activity. No advertorial style articles will be accepted.

Authors retain copyright of their work and agree to allow Island Nature to publish them on the web. Permission to reuse articles and images elsewhere can only be granted by the original author.

Photographs or Illustrations

Send images as either .jpg or .gif files that are at least 1000 pixels in length on the longest side. Island Nature will resize the images to an appropriate size for on-line use and add a copyright symbol to credit the photographer.

Photographers can also contribute to the Island Nature Flickr pool. The most recently added images will be featured on Island Nature’s “Photos of the Day” section of the magazine.

Types of Articles

Articles published on Island Nature are generally associated with one of five areas on the Island: South Vancouver Island (Victoria north to Nanaimo), Central Vancouver Island (Nanaimo north to Campbell River and west to Port Alberni), North Vancouver Island (Campbell River north), Pacific Rim(the west coast of Vancouver Island), and The Gulf Islands (including the Southern and Northern Gulf Islands). The articles can fit into one or more of five broad themes:

Birding:

Anything about birds and bird watching! Articles in this category could include a profile of a particular species of bird, a description of a birding destination, equipment reviews, volunteer research opportunities, or recounting a particularly memorable birding trip.

Natural History:

Articles in this group feature interesting natural history related stories including profiles of living things found on Vancouver Island, natural phenomena, unique ecosystems, landscapes, geology, and nature related activity.

Photography:

Photography related articles could focus on describing where to take photographs on Vancouver Island, how to photograph wildlife or plants, or equipment reviews. Nature related photo stories will also be considered.

Destinations:

Island Nature wants to get people out exploring nature on Vancouver Island. Articles in this category could feature profiles of parks, walking trails, local nature spots, birding destinations, and more. Ideally, these destinations should be places that a visitor to an area might not know about.

Events:

PSAs for nature related events or festivals are always welcomed. Interpretive programs offered by all levels of parks, NGO group nature walks, and other activities can be submitted—email us the details!

Questions? Please use the comment form below and we’ll return your email as soon as we get back from our latest nature adventure!

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    I don’t currently have a long telephoto lens so it was good to try out some during the LondonDrugs​ and Fujifilm Cameras​ photo walk in Victoria, British Columbia today. I took this image with the XF 55-200mm and the XF 18-135mm WR lens. Both were sharp, but this photograph with the 55-200 seemed a tad sharper (maybe because this field of view is in the middle of the zoom’s range at about 120mm). I also had an opportunity to use the XF 50-140mm WR lens earlier in the walk and it was very sharp (but also a lot heavier).

    Fuji X-T1, XF 55-200mm lens, post processed in Lightroom with VSCO Kodak Porta 160 film profile.

    05/25/15

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    Expectation

    Must be the warmer weather or perhaps a late spring migration - there seems to be more feral carts on the move turning up in interesting locations. I spotted this one on  an evening scooter ride with my kids and thought that the juxtaposition of the loading bay doors and the single cart was nicely balanced. We kept our distance from this unpredictable little fellow - it seemed to be waiting wistfully for the loading bay doors to open.

    Fuji X100S, post processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.

    05/24/15

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    Sunset photographs from the mouth of the Trent River in Royston, Vancouver Island, BC last night. Gorgeous light, dramatic clouds.

    Photographed with a Fuji X-T1, XF 10-24mm lens.

    05/23/15

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