article / 19 July 2023

2018 #Tech4Wildlife Recap: Showcasing Stunning Whales and Bespoke Hardware 

To celebrate the start of our 2023 #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge on July 24th, we’re jumping back in time this week to relive past challenges and see how far we’ve come in conservation tech.

In 2018, our third annual #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge continued to grow and hit its stride with beautiful photos and videos of wildlife and technology from community members working around the world and in diverse environments! 

See more from our 2018 challenge here.

Among the many highlights were stunning whale photos and videos from projects involving unique marine #biologging deployment techniques, drone footage from the top honorees at Duke Marine Lab, and even a flying SnotBot drone non-invasively capturing samples and exciting footage! Since then, whales and other marine species have become an absolute staple in the #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenge.

Whales in Antarctica captured via drone, by Duke Marine Lab UAS. 
A drone taking off to spot whales, by Duke Marine Lab UAS.

Back on land and in the air, we saw many more #biologging projects, like tiny trackers and collars on bats, birds, and a Tasmanian devil. Watching tracking gear get smaller and lighter every year is just one of the fascinating ways that your #Tech4Wildlife photos capture how tech is always evolving! 

A GPS tag on a bat in Kenya, by Adria Lopez-Baucells.
A GPS tag on a Curlew during breeding season, by RSPB Science.
A Tasmanian Devil wearing a proximity logger collar to study how disease spreads, by David Hamilton.

Among other highlights were bespoke hardware to capture data on birds’ weights, a creative method of luring wolverines to #cameratraps with a custom scent dispenser, open-source Arribada cameras monitoring penguins in Antarctica, and so much more. 

Bespoke Gough bunting weighers, by RSPB Science.
A wolverine is lured to a camera trap by a scent dispenser, by Robert Long. 
An Arribada open source camera trap monitors penguin colonies in Antarctica, by Alasdair Davies
Zebras photographed during an anti-predator behavior study, by Blair Costelloe.

And finally, we also saw Shah Selbe traveling the world to deploy open-source data collection tools like sensors, including those that eventually became FieldKit’s signature sensor hardware!

Deploying open source water quality sensors, by Shah Selbe. 
Building an open source glacier seismic observatory on the Bow Glacier, by Shah Selbe. 

Check back all this week for more highlights from past #Tech4Wildlife Photo Challenges. Read the full announcement here to find out how you can participate this year:

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