Wildlife Photography Internship in Africa

These internships are the photographic adventure of a lifetime. You’ll journey on regular game drives in the heart of the African bush to practice photography on Africa’s remarkable wildlife. Regularly encountering iconic African animals like lions, elephants, zebras, and lesser-spotted creatures like leopards and wild dogs, the photographic opportunities on these internships are endless. Throughout your photography internship, you’ll work with a professional wildlife photographer who will train your eye and help you develop an incredible portfolio of images!

Highlights of our Wildlife Photography Internship in Africa:

  • Work alongside a professional photographer to enhance and develop your photography skills
  • Build a portfolio that will showcase your talent for wildlife and other genre-specific photography
  • Use your photographs to increase awareness of conservation and other local and global issues
  • Gain experience in pre-visualisation, production, and photo editing
  • Work alongside a team of wildlife and conservation experts, local people, and volunteers
  • Live in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, near the Kruger National Park

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African Impact's Top Rated Wildlife Photography Internship in Africa

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP

£3845 – £5045
Join us in the Greater Kruger Area in South Africa, and be guided by a professional wildlife photographer and other budding photographers on this internship to gain practical experience in wildlife and other genre-specific photography.

Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

Specific Start Dates

Impact: Wildlife Photography

Frequently asked questions about our Wildlife Photography Internship in Africa

Looking for an opportunity to enhance and develop your wildlife photography skills in Africa’s stunning parks? Join one of our Wildlife Photography internships!

Developing your photography skills

These internships are the photographic adventure of a lifetime. You’ll journey on regular game drives in the heart of the African bush to practice photography on Africa’s remarkable wildlife. Regularly encountering iconic African animals like lions, elephants, zebras, and lesser-spotted creatures like leopards and wild dogs, the photographic opportunities on these internships are endless. Throughout your photography internship, you’ll work with a professional wildlife photographer who will train your eye and help you develop an incredible portfolio of images!

Making an impact

The benefits of this photography internship go far beyond your development as a photographer, however. Adding a selection of your images to international environmental databases, you’ll support the long-term conservation of wildlife in Africa’s parks. NGOs and reserves use these databases to support conservation education, research and fundraising, meaning impacts will continue long after your rewarding internship ends!

Program Fees

Our photography internships start at £3295 for eight weeks and increase depending on your placement length. These costs cover your accommodation, meals, airport transportation, full-time support from African Impact staff and extensive mentorship from a professional wildlife photographer.

African Impact Sustainability Fund

Additionally, as a commitment to sustainable development in local African communities, all interns pay an additional £20 donation towards the African Impact Sustainability Fund. This donation goes directly to the African Impact Foundation, which independently ensures our projects’ sustainability long after volunteers and interns leave their placements. If you are interested in learning more about the African Impact Sustainability Fund, click here!

Our wildlife photography internships welcome photographers of all levels – from eager beginners to seasoned pros!

Full-Time Intern Support

You’ll receive full support and training from a professional wildlife photographer, who will help you refine your skills and take your photography to the next level, regardless of previous experience. By participating in developmental workshops and game drives, there are endless opportunities to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in ethical wildlife photography techniques throughout your internship.

Digital Photography Equipment

Regarding equipment, we ask that photographers come with an SLR camera and laptop for post-production editing, as we do not cover these in our program fees. Additionally, all interns on African Impact projects must complete a criminal records check before arriving in Africa for their placement. This policy is firm and deeply ingrained in our stance on Responsible Volunteering, which you learn more about by clicking here.

Absolutely! We do not require interns to have a university degree or certification in wildlife photography. More important than experience or education, we ask that all photography interns come with a passion for wildlife photography, enthusiasm towards learning, and ready to have an incredible adventure!

Field Experience

As a photography intern, you’ll venture into the heart of the African bush at the best times of day, where extraordinary photographic opportunities lie around every corner. During your time as a photography intern, your classroom will be the incredible Greater Kruger Area – a sprawling expanse of 20 private game reserves that share a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park.

Here, you’ll spend your days out on the field with fellow photography interns practicing essential wildlife photography techniques on some of Africa’s most incredible animals. After exciting days training your photography skills in Kruger, we always leave plenty of time in the evenings to kick back at our volunteer accommodations and practice photo editing techniques on your incredible images.

Theoretical and Practical Learning

Additionally, you’ll participate in workshops to explore critical theoretical techniques in wildlife photography. Exploring topics like ethical wildlife photography, pre-visualization, and post-production editing, you’ll walk away from your photography internship with an extensive range of new knowledge and skills in this exciting specialty.

Making an Impact

Opportunities for impact on these internships are exciting and highly varied! During your time as a photography intern, you’ll contribute a selection of your images to environmental databases used for protecting, promoting and preserving conservation efforts in African parks. Additionally, there’ll be opportunities to get your hands dirty in physical conservation work with fellow African Impact volunteers in the area. Living in the expansive Greater Kruger Area, there are endless opportunities for conservation and photographic adventures!

At African Impact, our mission is to provide the best volunteer and intern abroad experiences that create sustainable, long-term impacts for local communities. To us, this means putting your development as a photographer and your positive contribution to conservation efforts first!

These photography internships are the ultimate adventure for developing your photography skills. Aside from taking you into the heart of some of Africa’s most photogenic areas, we are passionate about providing all the support you’ll need to thrive in your placement.

Additional to your professional wildlife photographer who will help refine your skills, you’ll work closely with a personal development coach who will help you reach your personal and professional goals. Whether you are passionate about pursuing wildlife photography as a career or are simply looking to develop your skills, these resources are devoted to helping you achieve your goals during your internship and beyond!

Absolutely!

As an African-based company, we live and breathe incredible internships in Africa. We take our interns’ safety and comfort throughout their internship seriously. We carefully design each of our photography internships to ensure everyone is safe at their placements.

To learn more about our safety protocols, please visit our Safety Tips. If you have any additional questions, we would be glad to answer them! You can contact us with any further questions that you may have.

Volunteer Reviews of our Wildlife Photography Internship

“This has been a once in a lifetime experience. I came to the project knowing far less than I even thought about both my camera and the art of photography, but the team have taught, encouraged and pushed my boundaries. The difference between the photos I produced at the start of the trip, to the photos I have produced in the final week, are almost incomparable as I have improved so much.”

Sophie, UK

Photography Internship Kruger

“I was pretty hesitant at first to volunteer in South Africa again, my first time with another company wasn’t the best experience. However, volunteering with African Impact was one of the best decisions I have made. We got to do so many amazing things and learnt so much about conservation photography. I was stoked with the amount of opportunities we had to be out in the field and practising our skills. It really felt like we were true wildlife photographers and my photography developed so quickly over the 4 weeks.”

Hannah, Australia

Photography Internship Kruger

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