When reading magazines and books of all varieties, you will come across pictures that instill awe, beauty, and even terror. But one thing that many people forget to consider is the people that take these photographs. Risking life and limb, National Geographic photographers stand a ledge above the rest to capture nature in it’s most raw and basic state.
The most rigorous requirements for National Geographic are experience, usually about 5 years, and a college degree. The organization does not want photography degrees, and urges other fields of study. The most common applicants come from journalism, sociology, anthropology, and others, but the main thing is having a variety of skills, interests, and styles.
National Geographic photographers also work in single contracts, usually earning $400-500 a day. This may seem like a decent amount, but these people have to pay for their own equipment, insurance, and other costs of living. NG photographers risk assault from both man and animal, diseases like malaria and dysentery, and many more hazards that are not faint of the heart.
But this job allows for so much as well. One can travel the world, experience a multitude of cultures, see beauty and destruction in all it’s forms, and show the world that what’s left of nature and the world is truly worth preserving.