Rainforest Experiences
Expert advice: How to become an environmental photographer & filmmaker

To celebrate the launch of our first Multimedia Internship in the Amazon rainforest, we rounded-up a few of our friends in the media to ask them for their top tips...

 

Luke Massey, an environmental photographer & film-maker, who has spent time with Crees at our education and research hub, the Manu Learning Centre, told our new media interns:

 

 

Me & the Perry's chilling, quite literally...it's freezing in Chicago! #earthonlocation #peregrines #falcons

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“You’ve really got to stand out from the crowd. You’ve got to plug away and you’ve got to get off your bum.

 

“A lot of people just sit around waiting for it to happen to them; waiting for this golden email to land in their inbox offering them an opportunity of a life-time and then they’ll be set forever.

 

“Realistically, for 99.9% of people this doesn’t happen. So you’ve got to get out there, you’ve got to look for things that are unusual and original, things that no-one’s done before... or even if they have done them before, you’ve got to find out how you’re going to do it differently.

 

 

Hope your day was better than this Golden dorado's! #wildlife #brazil #nature #travel #giantotter

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“You’re going to put your work in front of someone – be it a photo editor, a magazine editor, or film producer – and they have to think: ‘Waw, we need this person on our team.’

 

“Strive to be different, strive to keep working and almost never have a day off. But then again, don’t work yourself too hard. Work yourself hard enough so that are getting out there and making a difference.”

A desire to make a difference unites many people who want to get into environmental journalism and it's of top importance to adventure film-maker, James Levelle. A supporter of Crees’ work, James visited Manu Learning Centre in May to work on a educational film project.

 

 

“The great challenge within environmental film-making", says James, "is to tell the story in a more positive light and to show people that there are things that they can do. It is worth caring. We are all connected. The environment is relevant to you, directly.

 

“I struggle with bad news stories. The press is full of bad news stories. We seem to be inundated by it all the time. So for me, what I’m inspired to do is to try and flip those bad news stories around. Sure we’ve got problems, the environment needs to be taken care of and we need to make that change, but I’m more interested in inspiring people to act. I want them to see that there is a positive avenue, that there is a means by which they can do something.

 

 

“My advice it to Get out there and do it: make a film. Don’t wait for anyone to give you the opportunity. Get yourself a camera, find yourself a subject, find yourself a story, and get out there - film it, edit it, and don’t hang around.”

 

It's certainly true that you've got to be determined to make it in the competitive media industry and Will Nicholls, winner of the Young Photographer of the Year award, knows all about that. Will explains what it's like to work at the Manu Learning Centre:

 

 

Borneo, Indonesia. 2017. #photographer #borneo #indonesia #rainforest

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“The media internship with Crees is the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in a remote environment with your camera.

 

It teaches you a hell of a lot about photographic techniques, but also about dealing with people, and managing you work flow and mental capability in one of the most testing places on Earth.”

 

A massive thanks to Luke, James and Will for their advice – we hope to see you all back at Manu Learning Centre soon. Keep up the fantastic work inspiring people to protect our natural world.

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