If you’re interested in photography and wildlife then get yourself down to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition that is on display in London’s National History Museum until 11th March.
This is simply a stunning showcase featuring images of the natural world from a wide range of amateur, professional and young photographers.
I usually visit the exhibition every year around Easter and always leave feeling inspired to go straight out and start snapping away on my Olympus SZ10.
From China Town to the South Bank, London has loads of locations for taking photos and although there aren’t that many watering holes surrounded by wild beasts (other than the pubs), chances to capture urban images on film are literally everywhere.
Of course, if you really want to get some wild shots then safari holidays offer no end of magnificent opportunities to capture animals in their natural environment and from North America to South Africa, your trigger finger will be kept busier than a woodpecker’s beak.
The following destinations are perfect for wildlife spotting and even if you don’t enter the next competition you can rest assured that your mantelpiece will be overflowing with fabulous photographs.
The west coast of Canada is an amazing destination for wildlife photographers and it won’t take long before you’re exploring forests and mountains in search of black bears, bald eagles and wood bison. The range of marine life is magnificent too and around Vancouver Island, sightings of Orcas, Greys and Humpback whales are practically guaranteed.
Chances to practise photography in South Africa are simply as good as it gets and from the awesome Garden Route to the national parks of Kruger and Etosha, this is an absolute dream destination. Whatever you’re hoping to capture on film: lions, giraffes and leopards or waterfalls, mountains and coastline, South Africa never fails to impress.
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If you like your wildlife photographs splashed with colour then look no further than Malaysia where you’ll discover lush green tea plantations, glorious tropical rainforests and a huge range of wildlife ranging from exotic birds to curious orangutans. The island of Borneo is home to some truly amazing wildlife sanctuaries and from Kinabalu to Sepilok, prepare for a real treat.
The east coast of Africa is regarded as an exceptional location for lovers of wildlife and no matter what you’re hoping to see: the Big Five, white sand beaches or the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania has got the lot. This really is a spectacular setting and from tropical sunsets to the sprawling plains of the Serengeti, wildlife photographers will be in their ultimate element.
Of course, when undertaking a trip that’s designed with wildlife in mind you don’t have to be on the back of a 4×4 and from trekking to cycling holidays, there’s more than one way to photograph a big cat. Cycling through northern India is a fabulous experience that will introduce you to the culture, animals and magnificent natural realm of the Himalaya.
Another fantastic destination for a holiday in the saddle is Cuba where you’ll find a wide array of locations that lend themselves effortlessly to wildlife and cultural photographers. From the colonial architecture of Havana to the inviting hues of the Caribbean Sea, whatever you’re hoping to see through your lens, Cuba will fill you with inspiration.
Once you get the bug it’s extremely difficult to shake and going travelling will do absolutely nothing to quash your desire to click. The best thing to do is embrace your passion by going on cycling, trekking or safari holidaysand before you know it you’ll be catapulted into photography paradise.
Biog: Chris is a keen traveller and photographer and can’t wait to go on a couple of safari holidays in the near future.