Wildlife Photography & Conservation

South Africa

4 - 12 weeks

3,645 - 6,445 Euro

Unleash your inner wildlife photographer and make a positive impact on conservation. Learn from experts and capture Africa's stunning wildlife on this specialized photography course - an experience not to be missed!

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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY & CONSERVATION

Embark on an extraordinary adventure in the captivating Big Five Greater Kruger Area, where the art of wildlife photography blends seamlessly with proactive conservation efforts. Under the expert guidance of a professional photographer, immerse yourself in a 4-12 week adventure dedicated to refining your photography skills while making a tangible impact on wildlife preservation.
As you explore the breathtaking landscapes, every click of your camera not only captures the essence of Africa's diverse ecosystems but also contributes to vital research initiatives.
Join us for an unforgettable experience where your passion for photography meets the call of conservation, shaping a brighter future for the majestic wildlife of the African wilderness.

Why Choose this Wildlife Photography Experience?

  • Perfect Your Photography:
    In the heart of the Greater Kruger Area, elevate your photography techniques under the guidance of experts. From capturing elusive wildlife to vast landscapes, it's a photographer's dream.
  • Aid in Conservation:
    Your clicks aren’t just memories; they empower wildlife conservation. Contribute to a pivotal photographic database that is crucial for identification and further conservation efforts.
  • In-Depth Training:
    Dive deep into photography workshops, unraveling the mysteries of the perfect shot. Learn Adobe Lightroom post-processing and the ethics of wildlife photography.
  • Encounter African Wilderness:
    Delve into the Greater Kruger Region. Capture Africa's iconic species, contributing to crucial wildlife health monitoring and preserving pristine landscapes.
  • Strengthen Conservation Initiatives:
    Your shots hold power. Whether in conservation campaigns or promotional endeavors, your visuals speak of nature's grandeur that awaits preservation.

Join the Wildlife Photography & Conservation project in South Africa:

For photographers, nature enthusiasts, and wildlife conservationists, this is your canvas. Blend your love for photography with tangible conservation impact. Reach out to us and let us start planning your adventure in the heart of South Africa.

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QUICK FACTS

GENERAL
  • Up to 14 volunteers, 4-12 weeks, 1-2 starts/month (Sundays). Part of a up to 50-volunteer wildlife research and photography project.
  • Minimum age: 18.
TRAVEL AND TRANSFERS
  • Arrive/depart via Hoedspruit airport (HDS), South Africa, Sundays any time.
  • 1.5-hour road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to project (return) included in price.
MEALS & MORE
  • Full-board meals, drinking water, coffee, tea are included.
  • Free Wi-Fi available; local SIM/data for purchase at Johannesburg airport or Hoedspruit town.
ADDITIONAL ADVENTURES
  • Explore on weekends: Safari in Kruger Park, panoramic road trips, quad biking, and more.
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During the initial week of this program, you'll dive into an immersive workshop guided by the skilled professional photographer who will act as your tutor. You'll explore the fundamentals, secrets, and highlights of photography while mastering your camera settings and discovering the essentials for capturing stunning images. Engaging assignments will challenge you to photograph various elements like frames, colors, movement, and portraits, all designed to teach you new techniques and elevate your skills as a photographer. To top it off, you'll learn the art of editing your photos using Adobe Lightroom, ensuring your images truly stand out and captivate viewers. ‍

Engaging Photographic Workshop

This photography workshop offers expert guidance, hands-on assignments, and editing skills to elevate your abilities to create captivating images.

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Embrace macro photography to reveal the mesmerizing, often unnoticed world beneath our feet. As a dedicated photography volunteer, you'll develop a deeper connection with the smaller elements of the wildlife environment and master the art of capturing their extraordinary allure. You'll be amazed by the stunning creatures we frequently ignore, such as dung beetles, dragonflies, and countless others.

Macro Photography

Explore macro photography to uncover the fascinating, often unseen world right under our feet.

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Cross (Close)

Embrace macro photography to reveal the mesmerizing, often unnoticed world beneath our feet. As a dedicated photography volunteer, you'll develop a deeper connection with the smaller elements of the wildlife environment and master the art of capturing their extraordinary allure. You'll be amazed by the stunning creatures we frequently ignore, such as dung beetles, dragonflies, and countless others.

Macro Photography

Explore macro photography to uncover the fascinating, often unseen world right under our feet.

Read more

Cross (Close)

Embrace macro photography to reveal the mesmerizing, often unnoticed world beneath our feet. As a dedicated photography volunteer, you'll develop a deeper connection with the smaller elements of the wildlife environment and master the art of capturing their extraordinary allure. You'll be amazed by the stunning creatures we frequently ignore, such as dung beetles, dragonflies, and countless others.

Macro Photography

Explore macro photography to uncover the fascinating, often unseen world right under our feet.

Read more

Cross (Close)

Embrace macro photography to reveal the mesmerizing, often unnoticed world beneath our feet. As a dedicated photography volunteer, you'll develop a deeper connection with the smaller elements of the wildlife environment and master the art of capturing their extraordinary allure. You'll be amazed by the stunning creatures we frequently ignore, such as dung beetles, dragonflies, and countless others.

Macro Photography

Explore macro photography to uncover the fascinating, often unseen world right under our feet.

Read more

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Following an action-packed day of exploration and effort, retreat to the lodge and unwind poolside, catch a movie, or engage in a friendly games night with fellow volunteers. On occasion, guides and staff members host informative presentations, offering you further opportunities to discover the intriguing African landscape and its varied residents, encompassing both wildlife and people. Relish your dinner on the scenic deck, with a comforting fire to set the mood—often followed by marshmallow roasting! You can also enjoy participating in entertaining fundraising events such as trivia and game nights.

Additional Activities

Unwind at the lodge with fellow volunteers and embark on thrilling weekend adventures, exploring nearby attractions and capturing unforgettable moments.

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Activity Overview

Engaging Photographic Workshop

During the initial week of this program, you'll dive into an immersive workshop guided by the skilled professional photographer who will act as your tutor. You'll explore the fundamentals, secrets, and highlights of photography while mastering your camera settings and discovering the essentials for capturing stunning images. Engaging assignments will challenge you to photograph various elements like frames, colors, movement, and portraits, all designed to teach you new techniques and elevate your skills as a photographer. To top it off, you'll learn the art of editing your photos using Adobe Lightroom, ensuring your images truly stand out and captivate viewers.

Macro Photography

Embrace macro photography to reveal the mesmerizing, often unnoticed world beneath our feet. As a dedicated photography volunteer, you'll develop a deeper connection with the smaller elements of the wildlife environment and master the art of capturing their extraordinary allure. You'll be amazed by the stunning creatures we frequently ignore, such as dung beetles, dragonflies, and countless others.

Responsible Photography

Practicing ethical photography when capturing animals in their natural surroundings is vital for any wildlife photographer. The program will teach you about animal behavior, fostering a conservation-focused mindset in your photographic endeavors. By understanding how to photograph responsibly in this setting, you'll make a positive impact on wildlife conservation while creating awe-inspiring images.

Hands-on Volunteering Experience

Throughout the remainder of your time on this project, you'll actively contribute to our broader goals and objectives in the Greater Kruger region, all while continuously refining your photography skills. The aim is to provide you with a genuine understanding of what it means to be a professional photographer, encompassing editing and effective utilization of your photographs. Through various activities detailed in the following sections, the tutor takes pride in guiding you toward creating top-notch images, presenting them with context, and exploring opportunities for exposure. You'll be tasked with completing assignments, and by the end of the four weeks, you'll be amazed by your incredible progress.

Contributing to Wildlife Conservation

As an active participant in the project's research initiatives, your photography will aid in collecting crucial animal identification data. Through taking sharp, detailed images of wildlife during game drives, you'll support the research team in recognizing individual animals, enabling them to monitor their health, movements, and behavior. Your photographs will be invaluable for updating identification databases that shape conservation-driven decisions in reserve management.

Additional Activities

Following an action-packed day of exploration and effort, retreat to the lodge and unwind poolside, catch a movie, or engage in a friendly games night with fellow volunteers. On occasion, guides and staff members host informative presentations, offering you further opportunities to discover the intriguing African landscape and its varied residents, encompassing both wildlife and people. Relish your dinner on the scenic deck, with a comforting fire to set the mood—often followed by marshmallow roasting! You can also enjoy participating in entertaining fundraising events such as trivia and game nights.

Volunteers on a game drive at Shamwari Conservation Experience in Port Elizabeth.
Volunteers doing plant research at Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa.
Wildlife volunteers doing telemetry search in South Africa.
Lion roaring at Born Free Foundation in South Africa.
Wildlife volunteers at the vet clinic at Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa.
Group photo of Volunteer at Shamwari Conservation Experience in South Africa.

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WHY we love it

Work closely with an experienced photographer to improve and grow your photography skills while building a portfolio that showcases your talent in wildlife and other specialized photography genres.

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This project offers a challenging learning experience, taking you beyond your comfort zone as you discover more about yourself, the environment, and the incredible wildlife.

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Use your photography to raise awareness about conservation and various local and global matters, while developing your skills in image planning, production, and editing techniques.

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Collaborate with a group of wildlife and conservation specialists, local residents, and fellow volunteers, while living in one of South Africa's most stunning regions near the Kruger National Park.

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Wildlife Photography & Conservation

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