Wildlife photography is one of the most challenging genres of photography out there.
However, it is also the most rewarding one, but it does require a serious time commitment to really achieve the highest levels.
Not only do you have to work on improving your photography skills, but you also have to become familiar with the species you are photographing.
One of the best ways to improve your photography is to follow Glyn Dewis’ method of Photograph Like a Thief!
Well… Basically, by looking through Instagram and other social media, there are some stunning moments that make for great photo inspiration for your own work.
Then get out there and see if you can copy and then improve on that image.
This is a method I’ve used myself several times to give me inspiration.
Moving forward, I have put together;
22 nature photos to inspire you.
These are my favourite photographs for 2019.
I hope they encourage you to go out of your house and capture some wildlife moments yourself!
98% Human: Mountain Gorilla Fist
Firstly, I had to include this image.
A proud moment when my name was announced at the British Photography Awards. Meaning this photograph was the winner of the land animal category.
Taken in the jungles of Bwindi National Park, Uganda. One of the most amazing experiences in wildlife photography.
I wanted to highlight the close DNA match that humans and great apes possess. Focusing on the hands and feet of these magnificent gorillas allowed me to build a documentary on my target.
The series of images became part of my story – Rushergura: In the hands of Kabukojo.
Sumatran tigers are in huge decline.
Added to the IUCN Red List in 2008 as Critically Endangered. It is estimated that just 441 individuals remain in the wild.
As with many species in Indonesia, habitat loss is the biggest threat to the tigers.
For years Sumatran coffee plantations have protected landscapes.
However, since the Palm Oil ‘boom’ the forests on these islands have disappeared at an alarming rate.
There are many UK wildlife species which are beautiful subjects.
Above all, for me, the Cuckoo comes out on top.
Their recent population decline means they have become a Red List species.
Summer visitors to the UK, Cuckoos are well-known brood parasites. Meaning, the females lay eggs in the nests of other birds. For instance in the nests of meadow pipits and reed warblers.
With a sleek body, long tail and pointed wings, they are not unlike kestrels or sparrowhawks in appearance.
Golden eagle numbers in Sweden were really low in the mid-1990s.
Thanks to conservation efforts numbers are now rising.
Project X72 used feeding stations to help young eagles survive their first winter.
This image is part of my 3-year project photographing Golden Eagles Conservation.
Mountain Gorillas Again?
What else can I say? I just adore great apes.
After all, I called my blog 98% Human.
There is no secret that I love Red Squirrels.
I’ve documented about them a lot on social media. Moreover, I am involved in many conservation projects to help save these amazing animals.
This image was taken at Neil McIntyre’s great set up during my filming of Turning the Tide.
More wildlife photo inspiration…
So! I could go on. Explaining each story behind every image.
However, you are here to see wildlife photography. Furthermore, most of the stories are available throughout my blog.
So from herein, I’ll just be sharing more of my favourite nature photos.