NATURE & WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP
PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP/VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Min. 14 days
Max. 90 days
Las Piedras, Peru
Wildlife Photography Internship
All Skill Levels
14 days from £1,288 GBP
FEB - JUL 2021
MAY - JUL 2022
PHOTOGRAPH THE WILD
EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN
Opportunity is available for aspiring photographers/videographers to intern with Untamed Photography here in some of the most remote, and largely unspoiled parts of the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome to join the team; the only requirement is that you are eager to learn. We are particularly interested in those people who want to use their photography skills to contribute to our understanding of the natural world and to help spread the nature/wildlife conservation message far and wide with imagery and video coupled to information of an educational nature.
Interns and volunteers will have the opportunity to build a brilliant portfolio with the abundance of species here in the Amazon Rainforest. While our programs are focused on the promotion of conservation and rehabilitation of the Amazon, interns will leave with their very own portfolios that showcase what interests them most on a personal level. Along with building an amazing portfolio, interns will have the opportunity to produce educational videos for a worldwide television series, work alongside researchers from around the world, become part of the Mirror Image Stimulation Study by Mark Fernley, and study the art of Macro Photography.
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Our interns/volunteers have the opportunity to work in a truly untouched part of the Amazon Rainforest. We will travel hours from Puerto Maldonado to go deep into the Rainforest where people are minimal and wildlife is flourishing. Sleep with open walls to hear all of the sounds of the Rainforest and wake up to the Howler Monkeys calling bright and early. Interns are surrounded by wildlife at all times. See the Capuchin Monkeys hanging around the research station along with many other species of wildlife.
INFORMATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL VIDEO PRODUCTION
The informational environmental video production project is a new and exciting addition to our internships/volunteer programs. The videos we create are combined to be published on an environmental TV channel featured on Apple Play, Roku TV and Amazon Fire. Our short videos are designed to raise awareness to people around the globe in order to protect the vast Rainforest that supports our planet. Here Mark will take you along with other photographers deep into the Rainforest to create wildlife educational and environmental videos. Interns/volunteers will participate in script writing, recording, editing and much more. Learn the skills of videography, while teaching the world about the Rainforest and the environmental issues that people are blind to. Get creative and entice others to take interest in the natural world to help protect our planet. This is a great way to get your name out in the videography/conservation field as every individual that takes part in this project will be thanked for contributing in the credits of our television series. Individuals are required to write a short, detailed blog discussing what they have learned through working on this project.
DOCUMENTING BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Our photography programs are based at a biological research station located in the Peruvian Amazon. Here, research and conservation efforts are happening daily and our job as photographers is to help these biologists document their research by taking photographs and videos of them in action.
Our goal here is to promote wildlife conservation of the Amazon Rainforest through photography. The biologists here are working hard and we want the world to see their progress to promote conservation. Some days, we will join researchers on their treks and document what/how they are studying.
Formal interviews are necessary for viewers to receive full understanding of what the biologists and researchers are discovering. Individuals are required to write a short, detailed blog discussing what they have learned through working on this project.
Learn the techniques of extreme macro wildlife photography here in the lush Amazon Rainforest of Peru. Here wildlife photographer Mark Fernley will take interns/volunteers on a journey of capturing images of insects and transforming their ordinary status of a pest into a unique subject of interest. By using the Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x Macro lens provided by Mark, interns will gain the skills to get as close to a subject as possible. During your time in the Rainforest, you will capture stunning images to catalogue and study the fine details of these little beasts that rule the Amazon Rainforest. Interns will learn the skills of capturing great imagery and understanding the dilemma of depth of field with all extreme macro photography. Mark will teach you the art of “Focus Stacking!” Here you will learn the techniques of stacking multiple images of the same subject together to gain beautiful and very impressive fully focused museum quality images. This is a very tedious project that requires extreme patience and concentration, but at the end of the day, you are rewarded with amazing photos that will leave you craving to do more Macro Photography! Individuals are required to write a short, detailed blog discussing what they have learned through working on this project.
MIRROR IMAGE STIMULATION STUDY (M.I.S.S.)
Mark Fernley’s Mirror Image Stimulation Study (M.I.S.S.) focuses on the competitive recognition of Neo-tropical Cats in the lowland Peruvian Amazon and volunteers/interns of Untamed Photography will have the opportunity to work with Mark on this project.
Since 2017, M.I.S.S. has been featured in National Geographic, The BBC, The Daily Mail, and has gone viral online around the world. This competitive recognition study looks at the behaviour of Neo-tropical Cats as they encounter the mirrors placed throughout the forest. Gender, size, body language, vocalisations, and many more aspects are studied after collecting the video footage.
Each mirror is constructed and placed in a specific position for approximately two to three months at a time, where interns return to the mirrors every few weeks to retrieved footage to review and compare previous data to new data.
This project requires interns and volunteers to have high interest in big cats of the Amazon, the desire to learn about how big cats interact when they encounter what could be a competitor, and basic Microsoft Excel skills.
Individuals are required to write a short, detailed blog discussing what they have learned through working on this project.
EQUIPMENT TO BRING
100-400mm lens: We recommend this lens for a variety of wildlife shots during our photography workshop/tour.
80-600mm Sigma lens: (Highly Recommended) Fantastic lens when photographing wildlife to gain that extra reach.
16-35mm wide angle lens: These great lenses are by far one of the most popular. It is truly a great lens for all types of photography including landscapes and wildlife.
100mm macro lens: (Highly Recommended) These 100mm macro lenses allow you to take macro images but at a respectable and safe distance so your subject does not fly or jump away.
1-2 camera bodies: Two cameras can be helpful however one camera body is perfect during our photographic tours to gain those memorable images of a life time.
Tripod: (Limited amount provided, contact us for availability) Tripods are a must for all tours in the Amazon Rainforest. As light is low under the canopy, tripods are great ways to control lens stability.
Back up Storage: As all photographers like to return and briefly view their images, laptops are advised. Also backing up your images of a life time onto an external device such as a hard drive is a must.
Multiple CF Cards/SD Cards: (Recommended)
Drybag & Silica Gel: (Highly Recommended) To protect equipment from rain and humidity damage during extended periods in the rainforest.
Powerful Headlight: (Highly Recommended) The number one gadget used in the Amazon Rainforest.
Airport pick-up/drop off
First & last nights accommodation in Puerto Maldonado
Accommodation at th research station
bedding, sheets, mosquito nets
3 nutritious meals a day
purified drinking water, coffee, tea, fresh juice, snacks
Electricity: 2 hours in the afternoon & 5pm-9:30pm
Transportation to and from research station
Tripod upon request
All photographic guidance
All international/domestic flight
Soda & alcoholic beverages at the lodge