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This Saturday, April 22nd is going to be a big day. Not only is it Earth Day 2017, but it’s also the day of the March for Science in Washington, DC and all over the world. And whether or not you’ll be out there marching, you can show your support by making an edit with a message. If you’re participating in the march, print out your creation and carry it as a protest sign. If you’re not able to march, set it as your profile picture for the day, or submit it to the Virtual March. It’s an easy and fun way to show your support and send a message, and honestly, has there ever been a time where that’s more important? Download PicsArt photo editor and collage maker for iOS, Android or Windows. Tap on the pink plus sign > Edit > Background and select a background color. If…

Before he became Dr. Alex Mustard, award winning underwater photographer and marine biologist, young Alex was avid snorkeler — to the point where his family joked that he always returned from vacations with a tanned back and a pasty white front. One day, after much begging for an underwater camera, his family finally gave in and bought him one. And so, at nine years old, his underwater photography career began. Since then, he has seen things that most of us can only dream about, and the incredible images he has captured give us a peek into the otherworldly beauty of what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. So in honor of World Oceans Day, we sat down with him to learn a bit about what it takes to get the right shot — while luring sharks toward his lens, swimming in live volcanoes and exploring shipwrecks. What’s your absolute favorite thing…

Nature photography is everywhere — from your computer’s desktop background to the glossy calendar on your wall, wherever you go there seems to be an abundance of stunning imagery featuring the best of mother nature. Conservation photography, on the other hand, is a niche that you may not have heard about. But the artists who call themselves conservation photographers, many of whom started out photographing nature, are a group of dedicated individuals with a mission: to use their expertise and talent to capture images that raise awareness about the need for both environmental and cultural preservation. Which begs the question, do nature photographers hold a responsibility to raise awareness about environmental issues, to protect the very nature that they so often photograph and appreciate? For all the beauty that we capture, should we not also capture the not-so-beautiful reality of the forces that threaten it? We sat down with Alexandra…