When Nature, Adventure, And Passion Go All Together: A Career In Wildlife Photography

To capture moments of nature is wildlife photography is all about. Wildlife photography focuses on photographing animal or other mammal species in their natural habitat.

Whichever place you find yourself at, the nature never fails to mesmerize you.

And to capture moments of those mesmerisation, is what wildlife photography is all about.

Wildlife photography focuses on photographing animal or other mammal species in their natural habitat. The work is not only valued highly for its artistic value but also because it has uses scientifically too.

Unlike many other photography that rely on staged and posed subjects, wildlife photography is something you can pursue if you have the passion for. While this field requires a lot of endurance and a knack for adventure, it does not really require a degree or studying through. We tell you all about pursuing a career in wildlife photography.

Education and Qualifications

There is no specific degree required for being a wildlife photographer; however you should possess a sound knowledge of what you’re about to start with. A Diploma or course in photography would give you a briefing into what does the job involve, how to start with, the basic as well as advanced photography techniques required for a successful career.

A degree in subject concerning natural habitat like zoology with minor in photography is a good way to learn about this field. For a freelance wildlife photographer, who works for a company or publication, a college degree may be required, depending on the employer.

What is the job like

Wildlife photographers picture photos of wild animals in their natural surroundings. These pictures often convey a larger and true picture of life in the wild. From altering the light to utilizing various cameras and lenses during photographing, wildlife photographers understand how to produce compelling images through tools at their disposal.

Wildlife photographers are encouraged to understand the environments in and creatures with which they work. They must not interfere with the subjects of the photographs nor must they put themselves or their subjects in danger, which is why a grasp on the cultural context, geography, history and customs is equally important for the photographer to know.

Pay package

While starting your career as a wildlife photographer, you should go for as much independent work as you can. Share your work with newspapers, agencies, magazines and wildlife preservation NGOs. Once your work is noticed, you start earning, depending on your ingenuity. Established wildlife photographers generally earn Rs 30,000 to Rs 5,00,000 a month. 


Given India’s dexterity in wildlife, a qualified candidate would be very well positioned to take this up as a profession. The diversity we enjoy could help you travel to a totally different environment every two days a week, no matter which part of the country you live in.

Taking a look at the youngsters interested in photography these days, one could easily say that times have changed and so has the demand for a photographer. Wildlife photography is no longer the reserve of someone peculiar as it used to be. Starting young could help you get recognition early. After all wildlife photography is not just for the most educated, anyone could pick it up.

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