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How to become a Wildlife Photographer?

Gone are the days when every child dreamt of being a doctor, an engineer or a pilot. Today there are so many diverse job opportunities out there. Realizing the need to be happy in a job, many are rethinking working in a nine to five job, day in and day out, at a desk. In this section we take a look at a few of the exciting, new and offbeat careers that many are opting for these days.

Become a Wildlife Photographer

If you love observing animals in their natural habitat and want to capture some of the rare moments in the wild, then wildlife photography is the career for you. It is not only an exciting career opportunity, but also highly paying and very satisfying. With a good camera and technical know-how to match an undying passion for wildlife, you are all set to hit the adventure trail.

Skill Set

Passion and zeal for nature and wildlife, creative vision, risk-taking ability, sprit for adventure, compassion and love for travel.


Wildlife PhotographerIn India, a handful of institutes like National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore and the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun offer M.Sc. courses in wildlife sciences. On the job training with a professional wildlife photographer is the best way to learn the ropes.

Career Guidance & Remuneration

Although the ultimate dream of a wildlife photographer is to work for National Geographic, be aware that initially you have to slog it out working as a freelancer or working with other magazines, newspapers, websites and publications. It’s also essential to market your talent by creating a portfolio and using mediums like Facebook and Flickr to showcase it. At the entry level, you start with a modest remuneration of Rs. 15,000 per month. More established photographers can earn anything between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 5 lakh a month!

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