Photo Assignment: Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park

Parc naturel régional Livradois-Forez
Photo assignment by Kristel Schneider

Today, I signed a contract with La Maison du Tourisme du Parc Naturel Régional for a photo assignment.

PNR Livradois-ForezThe Auvergne has two regional natural parks (PNR):  The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Natural Park  and The Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park.

In the course of conducting workshops, I have observed that – of those two – PNR Livradois -Forez (the subject of my photo assignment) is the least well-known by the public. This is, for me, another reason to be thrilled with this assignment, besides knowing that there is nothing more rewarding than to promote one’s own living area.  I also think it is great that – via my photography work – the public’s awareness of a  great nature location will increase.

Across the year’s four seasons, I will work in different areas of the park, and in close contact with the park’s main Information Center, several local Tourism Boards and local communities.

The themes for photographic reportage will be:
– sports activities (snow-racketing, hiking, fishing, etc.)
– heritage (Castles, village scenes, remains of historical places etc.)
– local festivals
– traditional gastronomy
– landscapes

Livradois-Forez Regional Natural Park (French: Le Parc naturel régional Livradois-Forez)  is a protected area of woodlands and traditional farmland in the Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes regions of central France. Spanning the departments of Puy-de-Dôme, Haute-Loire, and Loire, the park covers a total area of 297,000 hectares (730,000 acres). (map /map) Within its borders, the park contains more than 150 small communes. The area was officially designated as a regional natural park in 1986. (Text Wikipedia)

The park’s main information center is located in Saint-Gervais-sous-Meymont.
(La Maison du Tourisme du Parc Naturel Régional is working on a new website,
ready in Spring 2013)

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