There are animals that seem to love hanging out with photographers and filmmakers. Not all of them are like that though, and this elephant wasn’t afraid to show it. When a girl took her phone out to snap a photo of the beautiful animal, it smacked her and kicked her phone out of her hands. The person who was filming was apparently standing far enough from the elephant, so they managed to capture the incident on camera.
We’ve seen some pretty wacky, scary, and plain stupid encounters of photographers and bears. Finnish photographer Tero Pylkkänen was lucky enough to capture a video of two bears fighting in what he called “best bear fight ever.” Two large brown bears started testing each other’s strength just feet away from the photographer, and he caught their fight on camera.
When you photograph birds, their beauty really gets in focus against a clean and simple background. But when you’re out there with your camera, it can be pretty difficult to get a nice and clean background in bird photos. In this video, Jan Wegener shares a couple of simple tricks that will help you raise your photos to a whole new level.
Last year I joined my local photography club. The club holds regular competitions and I was amazed by the quality of the bird and wildlife photographs. I’ve never been much of a natural history photographer. So it’s not surprising that my own photographs did very poorly in competitions. In particular, a judge criticised a woodpecker photograph that I submitted because it was clearly on a bird feeder. “Hand of man!” he said as he dismissed my attempt.
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards brings funny photos and wildlife photography together, which means: it brings you lots of photos of funny animals. How can it be better than that? The 2019 competition is still on the run, but the team has shared some of the best entries so far with DIYP. Check them out below and have a good laugh just like we did.
In 2018, Sudan, the last remaining northern white rhino passed away of natural causes at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County, Kenya thus ending the existence of their subspecies.
Not far from Sudan’s grave lives Fatu and Najin (mother and daughter), the last known living northern white rhinos on the planet. A loss of habitat and poaching of their valuable horns to be sold off in the black market for traditional eastern medicinal purposes bound for countries such as China, South Korea, and Vietnam has led to the demise of their species.
If someone had ever told me that I would go “awww” at photos of insects, I would have called them crazy. But what about photos of fluffy, pollen-covered bees sleeping inside of flowers? Well, I gotta admit that’s something else, and it’s as cute as it sounds. Photographer Joe Neely recently captured two bees sleeping in a flower, and it’s definitely not something you see every day. He was kind enough to share his images with DIYP, so take a look and prepare to get all mushy.
These images are some of the last known photographs of a more-than-60-year-old elephant named simply F_MU1. Created by wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, they document a brief moment of her time on this earth towards the end of her life. With tusks that touched the ground, Will notes that she died of natural causes not long after these photographs were captured.
Encountering wild animals as you photograph them can sometimes be scary. But other times, it can be so cute that it makes your heart melt. Swiss photographer Stefan Forster recently found a wild white arctic fox in Greenland. As he was taking photos, the fox approached him and started closely examining his camera. Maybe even a bit too closely!
Photographing wild animals from up close can be a difficult or even impossible task. Some of them are dangerous and you’d put yourself into danger if you approach them. The others, on the other hand, could be shy and won’t show themselves if there’s a human nearby.
Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas has come up with tech that overcomes these challenges. He has designed a few products that make it easy to photograph dangerous and shy animals from up close, without coming anywhere near them. In this video, he talks about his inventions and how they can help photographers get unique, dramatic close-ups of wild animals.