Wildlife Photography as a Career option in India

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Career as a Wildlife Photographer

Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography is taking pictures of non domestic or wildlife with complete focus on wild creatures and nature. It provides a chance to experience the sheer thrill and rare excitement of their fascinating world.

Wildlife photographers provide publications with pictures of plants, animals and environments from all across the world. This profession is not just about taking pictures but also enjoying the wildlife and getting knowledge form the surroundings.

The profession of wild life photography requires a lot of passion for conservations, nature and wildlife. It is a profession to shoot plants and animals in their most habitual and natural form. As a wild life photographer you need to spend a lot of time traveling around the world to various remote locations to get that prefect shoot.

For a wildlife photographer it is essential to have as many people as possible to like and appreciate their work. Their focus should be on building their portfolio and on promoting as well as showcasing their work on various online social networks such as flickr, facebook, twitter and others.

A wildlife photographer can sell his work to art galleries, websites, publishing companies those which may be interested in such work, can. You can also host exhibitions, enter photography contests, design calendars and cards.


To become a wildlife photographer it is important to possess good technical skills as well as a lot of patience with creativity, good hand-eye coordination, sharp eye sight for detail and knowledge of computer software used for processing and editing images.

A bachelor’s degree in photojournalism or photography can also help you get into this field. To take a course in photography or wildlife photography the minimum qualification required is 10+2. There are many institutes/ colleges that offers diploma and certificate courses for Wildlife and nature photography. Here are some of the institutes/ colleges that offer courses for wildlife photography in India:

  • National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad
  • Sir JJ School of Applied Arts, Mumbai
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad
  • Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai
  • Ambitions 4 Photography Academy, Chennai
  • Academy of Photography, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
  • National Academy of Photography, Kolkata
  • Shari Academy of Photography and Digital Imaging, Mumbai
  • Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts & Communication, New Delhi

Income/ Salary

As a wildlife photographer as fresher can earn around Rs. 5000/- to Rs/ 10000/- per month where as an experienced, reputed and popular wildlife photographer cane earn around Rs. 30000/- to Rs. 5 lakhs a month.

Thus, this profession of wildlife photography is for those interested taking pictures and are passionate about it. It is a challenging profession like others and involves traveling and thrill. If you like nature and animals this is a good career option….. 🙂

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