Ok, here is a bit of speculation based on a faint hunch backed by paper-thin evidence. But I want to hear your ideas – to rubbish the notion or say, “maybe there’s a spark of truth in this.”
Is it possible, perhaps, that the peak of interest in participative nature photography is past? That the surge of interest we have seen in the last 15 years or so is beginning to decline. That fewer people want to do the hard work – as Andy details below – and are happy just to view photography (or use ready made photo opportunities) instead? Evidence? What about the dramatic fall in workshop and tour bookings and the reduced quality of nature coverage in many of the photo mags. (as I said, paper-thin and perhaps simply economically related.) But let’s face it; the whole process is so expensive and complicated nowadays that maybe people just don’t want to get into it any more.
But I hope I’m wrong. Your thoughts please!