I recently made like the prodigal daughter and traveled back to my hometown after more than a decade absence. The salty air smelled like memories as I bobbed on a boat in Virginia Beach, Virginia’s, Lynnhaven River. As an emerging photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers, I was home to participate in one of their Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions, or RAVEs, where teams of photographers fan out across a geographic area at risk in order to document and raise awareness of the environmental issues taking place there.
On this trip, I returned to my nature roots to help document environmental issues of the Chesapeake Bay, and support a campaign by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to pass the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act. One of my first stops was an Oyster Roundup, one of the local efforts by residents and the CBF to help bolster struggling oyster populations. Check out the video and some photos here, and see what some of the other photographers have been up to at the iLCP blog.