WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP, AMAZON RAINFOREST

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Become a wildlife photographer & conservationist

IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS WHILE HAVING A WILD ADVENTURE

If you’re a wildlife photographer in the making, here’s a brilliant opportunity; join us for a wildlife photography internship in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest! Guided by a professional photographer, you’ll sharpen your skills while exploring this dense jungle. You can expect to photograph a wealth of exciting wildlife, including jaguars, tapirs, monkeys, snakes, and – of course – lots of photographic creepy crawlies. Photographers of all levels are welcome, as you can learn at your own pace and design your own focus. The program is heavily focused on nature conservation; as an intern, you’ll be exploring ways that photographs can help raise awareness of important causes. This photography internship has weekly start dates, and we’re now open to applications!

QUICK FACTS
QuickFacts Place - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Amazon, Peru
QuickFacts Dates - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Weekly start dates
QuickFacts Photography Type - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Photography
QuickFacts Leader - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Leader: Mark Fernley
QuickFacts Group Size - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Group Size: Max. 6
QuickFacts Level - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest All Photography Levels
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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Embrace the Amazon

Spend some time in the depths of the Amazon

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Tutoring by professional wildlife photographer

Improve your skills through personal tutoring.

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Phenomenal Photography

Enjoy amazing wildlife photography opportunities

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Assist Conservation

Contribute to wildlife conservation efforts

5
Be Part of a TV Series

Contribute to an exciting TV series

  1. Spend some time in the depths of the Amazon
  2. Improve your photography skills
  3. Enjoy incredible wildlife photography
  4. Contribute to conservation education 
  5. Be involved in the production of wildlife TV series
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THE DESTINATION

This wildlife photography internship is a unique way of spending some time in depth of the Amazon, a legendary and thrilling tropical rainforest. Covering an area of 5.5 million square kilometres, the Amazon is an ancient jungle with an incredible biodiversity. As a budding wildlife or nature photographer, it doesn’t get much better.

ACCOMMODATION

As a wildlife photography intern, you’ll be based at a remote research station in the middle of the rainforest, about three hours from Puerto Maldonado. The research station was built with the idea of bringing people together from around the world to respectfully explore the extremely biodiverse and pristine rainforest ecosystem, learn about its importance, and conserve it all at the same time. The base was designed with as little of an impact as possible; it was built with responsibly and locally sourced hardwood timber and abundantly growing cane, up-cycled vinyl billboards, rammed earth and a few removable cement blocks. 

There are three researcher platforms with shared accommodation for researchers, interns, volunteers, student groups, and staff members. Each platform has a private composting toilet, outdoor shower and basin, and access to shared western toilets. 

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THE PHOTOGRAPHY

You’ll be spoiled for photographic opportunities during this internship in the Amazon. Some of the photographic highlights to expect are;

  • Large mammals such as the jaguar and lowland tapir
  • Primates including spider monkeys, red howler monkeys, capuchins, saddleback tamarins
  • Multiple species of snake, including emerald tree boa, bush master, fer de lance, rainbow boa, coral snake, pineapple snake
  •  Multiple species of frogs and lizards
  • Caimans basking in the sun during the day and lurking in the streams at night
  • Camera trap operations allowing interns to go home with their own footage

You’ll also have the opportunity to partake in video production for an Australian conservation television series that is aired worldwide on Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and Roku TV! This video series is focused on spreading environmental awareness; some focus on a specific species in the rainforest, and others on the deforestation the Amazon is facing due to logging, cattle farming, gold mining, etc. As an intern, you will be credited for taking part in every video that you help with. 

In addition, we’ll regularly work to build a portfolio combining everyone’s photographs and blogs into one large report that will be published online to promote conservation through that particular project.

YOUR INTERNSHIP

You’ll receive constant guidance and photographic tutoring by the team on the ground. Photographers off all skill levels are welcome to join, and you will receive individual tutoring that will suit your level. You’ll have a chance to learn as much as you like about the following;

  • Close up photography
  • Ultra-Macro Photography
  • Camera trap operations to receive population density of the Rainforest
  • Night photography (without the use of flash) “Painting With Light”
  • Videography techniques 
  • Video editing techniques
PRICES & START DATES

We’re now open for applications! We’re accepting applications for March – October 2020. You can join for 2 to 6 weeks, and you’ll need to arrive on a Monday.

Fees are as follows, in GBP;

2 weeks: £1095
3 weeks: £1575
4 weeks: £2045
5 weeks: £2450
6 weeks: £2780
7 weeks: £3235
8 weeks: £3695

How to apply: If you’re interested, please send us an email at info@pendaphototours.com (or fill out the form below) with your motivation for doing this internship, any experience you have, and your preferred dates.

*You might also be interested in our Wildlife Photography & Conservation Internship in South Africa!

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YOUR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: You’ll need to fly into Puerto Maldonado, where we’ll pick you up from the airport on your start day. We’ll take you to Tambopata Hostel for one night, where we’ll go through all  safety information, project information, preparation, and everything to be ready to go the following morning.

Day 2: Transport to the research station & induction

After a night in the hostel, you’ll be ready to head into the rainforest! We’ll drive you to the research station in the morning; a two-and-a-half-hour car ride followed by a 20-minute boat ride. All scenic, of course! At the research station, Mark will then give a tour and explain the importance of the conservation work being done. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on a first walk in the jungle.

Day 3 until the end of your internship: days filled with wildlife photography!

For the rest of your stay, your days will be filled with walks through the rainforest in search of photographic inspiration, photographic tutoring by Mark, and accompanying biologists on conservation programs. On the day before your departure, you’ll be driven to Tambopata Hostel, where you’ll spend another night. We’ll take you to dinner that evening, and there will be plenty of opportunity to reflect on the experience. The next day, we’ll take you to the airport, where you can catch a flight home.

QUICK FACTS
QuickFacts Place - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Amazon, Peru
QuickFacts Dates - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Weekly start dates 
QuickFacts Photography Type - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Photography
QuickFacts Leader - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Leader: Mark Fernley
QuickFacts Group Size - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest Group Size: Max. 6
QuickFacts Level - Wildlife Photography Internship, Amazon Rainforest All Photography Levels

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INCLUDES
  • Pick up from the airport and transportation to Tambopata Hostel
  • One taxi to and from the market before entering the rainforest
  • Dinner in town on start date (alcoholic drinks not included)
  • Tambopata Hostel (breakfast included) 
  • Transportation to and from the research station
  • All meals while at the research station
  • Water, tea, and coffee at the station
  • Access to the Canon equipment pool
  • Access to electricity during the hours of 6-7am, 12-1pm, 5-9pm
  • Transportation is cases of emergency
  • Running water
  • Bed with sheets, pillow, and small fleece blanket (replaced when dirty)
  • Mosquito net for sleep
  • Trip to “the Lookout” (A view of the rainforest from above, overlooking the river. Great opportunity for beautiful photographs)
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to and from Puerto Maldonado
  • Start date meals other than dinner
  • Soda and Alcoholic drinks are for sale at the research station
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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Please note that you’ll need to bring your own equipment. We welcome photographers with any camera, but would recommend;

  • A digital SLR
  • A range of lenses, including macro
  • A small tripod
  • A sturdy and waterproof camera bag
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GUIDE: MARK FERNLEY

photographer Mark Fernley

Mark Fernley is a British wildlife photographer with a passion for conservation. He spent four years studying and photographing migration patterns of elephants in Botswana, and several years photographing sea turtles and other wildlife in Costa Rica, before heading to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Based at a research station, Mark has been photographing for different conservation organisations, promoting wildlife conservation on an international level. Within recent years, Fernley has stamped his name all over the web with some of his unique photography projects, including macro photography of insects, scales of the Amazon, bats in motion, and his most publicized project, the Mirror Image Stimulation Study (M.I.S.S.) that focuses on the competitive recognition of Neotropical Big Cats in the lowland Peruvian Amazon.

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INCLUDES
  • Pick up from the airport and transportation to Tambopata Hostel
  • One taxi to and from the market before entering the rainforest
  • Dinner in town on start date (alcoholic drinks not included)
  • Tambopata Hostel (breakfast included)
  • Transportation to and from the research station
  • All meals while at the research station
  • Water, tea, and coffee at the station
  • Access to the Canon equipment pool
  • Access to electricity during the hours of 6-7am, 12-1pm, 5-9pm
  • Transportation is cases of emergency
  • Running water
  • Bed with sheets, pillow, and small fleece blanket (replaced when dirty)
  • Mosquito net for sleep
  • Trip to “the Lookout” (A view of the rainforest from above, overlooking the river. Great opportunity for beautiful photographs)
EXCLUDES
  • Flights to and from Puerto Maldonado
  • Start date meals other than dinner
  • Soda and Alcoholic drinks are for sale at the research station
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WORKSHOP LEADER: MARK FERNLEY

photographer Mark Fernley

Mark Fernley is a British wildlife photographer with a passion for conservation. He spent four years studying and photographing migration patterns of elephants in Botswana, and several years photographing sea turtles and other wildlife in Costa Rica, before heading to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Based at a research station, Mark has been photographing for different conservation organisations, promoting wildlife conservation on an international level. Within recent years, Fernley has stamped his name all over the web with some of his unique photography projects, including macro photography of insects, scales of the Amazon, bats in motion, and his most publicized project, the Mirror Image Stimulation Study (M.I.S.S.) that focuses on the competitive recognition of Neotropical Big Cats in the lowland Peruvian Amazon.

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