Our "Photo of the Week" comes to us from James Rivera, who serves at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. James submitted this photograph to the Office of Art in Embassies for the "Through Their Eyes...Service Abroad" exhibition. His image captures the Nile River, with two boats silhouetted in the orange and yellow glow of a beautiful sunset.
James' image reminds us of the beauty and importance of our planet's natural resources, particularly our water resources. The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in partnership with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat are celebrating World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2012. To help us celebrate, now through January 20, anyone can submit his or her best photographs to a Flickr site in one of four wetlands and environmental tourism-related categories: wildlife, landscapes, plants, and tourists (submissions are limited to one per category). All are invited to mark their favorite photographs in each category through January 22. The top photographs will be showcased on the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, and international organization partners' websites and social media platforms on World Wetlands Day, February 2.
Visit the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science Facebook page for additional information.