Ecology – The branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

This week’s #PPEco Instagram challenge is all about (you guessed it) ecology! How do we affect our surrounding environment and those that share it with us? As travelers, this should be a question we’re constantly asking ourselves.

Guest judges @captainmaji & are joining in, so check their feeds for inspiration and follow the guidelines below to enter!


  1. Post or re-post photos/videos according to your interpretation of the theme between Tuesday, July 10th and 11:59am EST on Sunday, July 15th*.
  2. Tag @passionpassport and #PPEco in your caption (if in the comments, we may miss it).
  3. Take us into the moment with you in your caption by sharing 3-4 sentences.
  4. Check the sample below, get creative, and get going!

*NOTE: Entries must be posted or re-posted (i.e. you cannot simply ‘tag’ an older photo/video) from a public account during the challenge period. Those posted from private accounts and/or posted outside of the challenge period will NOT be considered eligible for feature.

We’ll announce the winner and honorable mentions Monday, July 16th on our Instagram feed based on Quality of ImageQuality of Caption, and Creativity/Interpretation of the Theme.


Reindeer Laying in Grass in  Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
Photo by: @simonhird Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

For @passionpassport‘s #PPEco challenge // I had visited Scotland a couple of times before, but this time, my sole aim was to experience the Scottish wilderness. On my first afternoon in Cairngorms National Park, a couple spotted my camera and steered me toward some very relaxed reindeer. The light was starting to turn golden when I saw them for myself. I slowly made my way over and sat down next to them in the grass. It was my first experience with wildlife photography, and an afternoon for the books.

Photo and words by: @simonhird  Cairngorms National Park, Scotland


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Top photo by: @arjunajosefina Boulder’s Beach, Simon’s Town, Southern Cape, South Africa