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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    Towards the Storm

    There seemed to be pockets of calm in today’s storm and late this afternoon after work I found one down at Florencia Bay. I liked the way that the clouds were shaping up over the bay and the size of the waves - a group of four surfers tried to tackle the water but it looked too rough for them and they came back in quickly. I included them with their boards in some of my first images but wasn’t quite happy with what I was getting. It was when they ran back to the water without their boards that I got the image that I was looking for.

    Fuji X-T1, converted to black and white with Silver Efex Pro 2

    08/30/15

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    Molten

    Had some options last night but decided that since I was already at Wickaninnish Beach I would shoot there. I initially thought of shooting the sand flats, but the tide was on its way in and the clouds were looking more promising out towards Lismer Beach. I started on the rocky island with the trees on it (left side of the image) but the angle wasn’t quite right so I moved over to a low rocky outcrop that was starting to flood with the incoming tide. That’s when the colour started to hit going from a grey and orange to a brilliant purple, blue and mauve. Got my feet a little wet, well worth it.

    Fuji X-T1, VSCO Kodak Porta 160 profile

    08/30/15

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    Wickaninnish Beach Sunrise

    I had a couple of good options for August 27 - I shot Wick Beach at sunrise before going to work and then in the evening headed to Cox Bay for sunset. I like my morning image a bit better, it’s more subdued and I think it speaks to the feeling of being the first one out on the beach (a lone surfer showed up at around 6:30). I didn’t get a big blast of colour, but a combination of calm blues and salmons. Love shooting this beach at a lowish tide, lots of reflections to work with.

    I’m still working on the Cox Bay images - the colour is so surreal that it’s hard to process the images without making them look over cooked. Once those are done, I’ll see about doing a comparison post of the two shoots.

    Fuji X-T1, Fuji’s Classic Chrome camera profile

    08/30/15

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