Below is a classic Australian photo that helped to save a wild river in Tasmania:
Peter Dombrovski, Rock Island Bend
As Tim Bonyhady says:
"Dombrovskis' most famous photograph, Rock Island Bend, was the iconic image of the campaign to stop Tasmania's Hydro-Electric Commission damming the Franklin River. When it appeared as a full-page advertisement in the Herald just before the 1983 federal election, the caption was "Would you vote for a party that would destroy this?"
"He was the finest landscape photographer in Tasmania, a master of his large format camera which recorded the environment in remarkable detail. The others typically were bushwalker photographers short on skill and experience.The work of the bushwalker photographers was often poorly composed, short of detail, devoid of any particular stamp of authority or individuality. Dombrovskis's photographs were superbly composed, wonderfully detailed and always immediately identifiable as his. They were, at simplest, much more beautiful - providing much stronger reason to support the campaign and vote on that basis at the federal election."
"One of the oddest features of the campaign to safeguard the Styx is the poverty of the photographs that have gained the greatest dissemination. It is as if the Wilderness Society and the Greens senator Bob Brown, who have been central to the campaign, have forgotten the lessons of the Franklin: that it takes the best photographers to produce images that galvanise the public. Instead they have relied on their own, generally very ordinary photographs. They have made no attempt to find a new Dombrovskis."