Leave No Trace

The ‘Leave no Trace’ organisation has released social media guidelines of interest to us photographers.   I have included them bellow. 

When posting to social media, consider the following:

Tag thoughtfully – avoid tagging (or geotagging) specific locations. Instead, tag a general location such as a state or region, if any at all. While tagging can seem innocent, it can also lead to significant impacts to particular places.

Be mindful of what your images portray – give some thought to what your images may encourage others to do. Images that demonstrate good Leave No Trace practices and stewardship are always in style.

Give back to places you love – invest your own sweat equity into the outdoor spaces and places you care about. Learn about volunteer stewardship opportunities and get involved in the protection of our shared lands.

Encourage and inspire Leave No Trace in social media posts– given the millions of social media users in the world, think of the incredible potential that social media has to educate outdoor enthusiasts – first timers to seasoned adventurers – about enjoying our wild lands responsibly.”


Link to full article https://lnt.org/blog/new-social-media-guidance 


These are on top of thier original Leave no Trace principles.  

The Seven Principles

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors


The Australian website for local guidance can be accessed here..  http://www.lnt.org.au/programs/7-principles.html


Dip Falls, The Tarkine, Tasmania.  A marked tourist location with tracks, car parking, toilets and picnic areas.  Designed by the forestry commission for tourism.  Just in case you were wondering why I put the location.   

Photograph and Text copyright © Len Metcalf 2018

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