In 2010 Laredo, Texas hosted the Pro-Tour of Nature Photography. The competition region stretched from Zapata County on the southeast to Maverick County on the northwest, combining extraordinary wildlife diversity with unique and beautiful arid landscapes, making it an ideal setting for unforgettable photography.
This southwest Texas region is home to thousands of speices of flora and fauna and extremely important to migratory birds, mammals and insects. The Pro-Tour photographers created a visual inventory that continues to educate the public and participating landowners about the plants and animals that share the land. Now you can have a part in the efforts of conserving wildlife through sustainable development, using the power of photography. Select a ranch below to learn more and begin your nature tourism journey.View Ranches
HOME TOWN OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
Kerrville, Fredericksburg and Bandera were the inaugural Home Towns of Nature Photography. Recognizing the opportunity to participate in growing new industry these three convention and visitor bureaus, representing their respective cities, joined together to sponsor the first Images for Conservation Pro-Tour of Nature Photography in the Hill Country of Texas. Images for Conservation has enjoyed helping these cities and the Hill Country Ranches they represent participate in the Nature Photo Tourism Industry.
The Texas Hill Country Nature Photography Alliance is a group of ranchers that offer their property to guests for the purposes of nature photography and tourism. Most of the ranches have several established photography sites with food and water to attract wildlife, and one or more professionally established photo blinds carefully situated for optimal photographic opportunities. Many of the ranches also offer overnight accommodations, allowing guests the chance to enjoy hill country scenery with privacy.View Ranches
The development of the second Images for Conservation Fund Pro-Tour of Nature Photography would not have been possible without the support of Kingsville and Corpus Christi Convention and Visitor Bureaus. The Coastal Bend of Texas region enthusiastically endorsed the vision of the Pro-Tour and the new Nature Photo Tourism Industry. We are presently helping three ranches to develop for wildlife photography and to market to the traveling photographer market. The long term goal is 10 to 20 ranches open to the public.
The Bird the Bend Web site has been created to provide a source for information related to birding and birding destinations in the Texas Coastal Bend region. The Web site is both a storefront, where traveling birders will first be introduced to birding along the Texas Coastal Bend, as well as a site where significant amounts of information can be accessed (such as the birding site database). Much of the dynamic information on the Web site is fed from the Bird the Bend blog.View Ranches