Any environmentally-conscious photographers out there? Even better if you identify as female or non-binary. The #everydayclimatecrisis project is a visual petition to take action against the effects of climate change. Over 400 images have already been submitted, almost halfway to the project’s 1000 image target, but they still need your help.

Launched by Canberra and Queanbeyan-based photographer, Hilary Wardhaugh, the initiative calls on women and non-binary photographers to submit images with the climate crisis as the focus. The aim is then to present this visual petition to the Australian government in Canerma in June this year, to put pressure on them to take action. The visual petition will also be available online through New Art City. 

Most people will recognise the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words". Wardhaugh has decided to put words into action by collating 1000 images, equating to one million words collectively, in what she terms “a powerful feminist document”. 

The choice to focus on the work of women and non-binary artists was intentional, representing a challenge to the patriarchal underpinnings of “the industrial, capitalist and economic systems that have gotten us to this point.”

Amateurs and professionals of any age are encouraged, whether you work with a DSLR, film camera, or simply your with phone. All that is required is a passion for saving the planet. 

So what kind of submissions are they looking for?

“I want women to respond to the call out literally but also emotionally, personally and creatively,” says Wardaugh. “I [am seeking] a variety of images, including those that illustrate the beauty of the land we live on, cultural practices to enhance and regenerate the lands and hope generated by photos of humans doing great things to repair damage. Too much negativity and our problems are seemingly insurmountable so by adding some positivity and hope the Petition will inspire and help and change our behaviours.”

There's really no time to waste. You can find out more about #everydayclimatecrisis here and submit your photos. 

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