The Hazards of Being a Wildlife Photographer


Occurred on December 8, 2017 / Antarctic Ocean

Info from Licensor: "My wife and I are wildlife photographers. I shoot for Australian Geographic magazine. 10 years ago, we started photo tour company, taking small groups of enthusiast photographers to the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world including Kenya, Galapagos, Amazon, Patagonia, Iceland, Greenland, Christmas Island, Alaska and others. Last summer, we ran our first photo tour to Antarctica and South Georgia, which was amazing. It was while we were ashore in South Georgia on this huge gravel beach filled with King Penguins and elephant seals, that Jess laid down on the ground to get some cool low-angle shots of some passing King Penguins, when suddenly one of these huge baby elephant seals flopped over to investigate Jess, and was soon joined by another. Before she knew it, she was being squashed by several of these 100kg+ adorable animals, snuffling, burping and sniffing all over her. The hazards of being a wildlife photographer! The same thing happened to me and a few of our photo tour guests. A totally unforgettable experience! You’re not allowed to go too close to the wildlife of course, but it’s a different story when they come up to you! Eventually Jess managed to extract herself from underneath these guys and escape."