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Please click on the bar below to learn why we care so much about wildlife photography. Below the bar, you will find several albums that are organized around various topics that are essential skills for effective wildlife photography. If you desire, as we do, to use photographs to raise awareness, support conservation efforts, and document animal interactions, then we strongly recommend that you become proficient in the skill areas depicted below. Several times a year we organize short and extended photography workshops and forest expeditions for students and wildlife enthusiasts. We will take you off-trail on animal follows, to canopy walks, oxbow lakes, palm swamps, down secluded rivers, and climbing up emergent trees all to help you hone your skills and capture images that you will then put to good use. To request information on upcoming photography events, please contact us HERE.

Our Photography Philosophy

Cameras have come a long way since the time of Ansel Adams, so much so that virtually anyone can produce visually outstanding pictures, even with something as simple as a cell phone. Yet, while the technical aspects of taking high quality pictures may have become more automated and affordable to the masses, opportunities for wildlife and nature photography are becoming increasingly rare, difficult, and contrived. One principal reason is that human-wildlife conflicts are driving animals closer to extinction, and at a faster rate, than ever before. Gorillas, chimpanzees, rhinos, elephants, exotic birds, the great barrier reef, pandas should all ring a bell. Animal population declines are caused by loss of habitat first and foremost, but also illegal poaching, climate change, invasive species, and disease.

Film and photography is arguably the most valuable tool we have for raising awareness and mobilizing efforts to protect what jewels remain on this planet. For our organization, photography is our way of recording animal morphology (or unique features and appearance), behavior, and ecological interactions. An image of  a poison dart frog in front of a white or black backdrop is beautiful, but the same frog squatting on a leaf near to an uninterested snake or a dart frog mimmic is priceless to us, because it captures the result of millions of years of almost unimaginably complex evolution. Optimistically, such a picture will catalyze a movement to protect the poison dart frog, pessimistically, the picture would become a record of the frogs natural history, both good causes.

 

The photographs found herein are the work of Ishaan Raghunandan, official wildlife research photographer for FPI.
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