The “selfie” photo-taking phenomenon has exploded around the world in the last few years – and our staff are no exception when it comes to the craze. “Selfie” was crowned the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year in 2013, and the dictionary’s editors claim the word’s usage skyrocketed by 17,000% between 2012 and 2013. This is largely thanks to the constantly buzzing world of social media, where people usually post their selfie shots (oh, and by the way, have you followed us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram yet?).
While some consider taking selfies narcissistic, we enjoy the fact that such photos can offer a unique window into the world of fisheries biology. We had a laugh when two of our staff on opposite sides of the globe submitted these photos in the same month, unbeknownst to each other. The shots ended up co-winning our “Best of the Month” photo prize. We like how they capture the breadth and diversity of our work around the world, whether it’s catching rainbow trout in California’s Central Valley or establishing Fish Conservation Zones on the Mekong River in Laos. At the same time, they are an important reminder that doing good work depends on having good people – our staff are the backbone of everything we do, and it’s because of them that all our successes are possible. Take a look at some of the other faces that make up the FISHBIO team.