In the spirit of Earth Day throughout the coming year, the National Archives is collaborating with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a new photography project. We are inviting you to submit your best photos of the environment you experience in your hometown or your travels.
The Earth Day State of the Environment photo project is inspired by the EPA’s Documerica project. From 1971 to 1977, the EPA hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s. The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series and we have shared more than 4,000 of them on Flickr.
Starting this week, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, and throughout the year, the EPA will be featuring chosen photos on their website and via Facebook. We will be sharing them on our Facebook pages, too. Stay tuned for an Earth Day 2012 exhibit venue that will bring together selected photos from the new project and highlights from the 1970s project.