What is the definition of a professional wildlife photographer?

Started Aug 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
ZodiacPhoto
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Professional or For-Income?
In reply to garyknrd, Aug 30, 2013

I see from the previous replies that most responders agree that a professional wildlife (wedding, advertizement, modeling, etc.) photographer is somebody who earns his income (or good part of it) from photography. I think this is a definition of a "for-income" photographer.

Professional is somebody who has a proper education or, at least, "grandfathered" in the trade through extensive successful work experience.

Professional cannot be replaced with a person from the street or a kid after a high school after a couple month of training.

Professional should be recognized and accepted by his colleagues, either though a formal test (bar, board exam, etc.), or by overwhelming recognition among his peers.

Professional obeys some moral / ethical code of conduct and supports his group agenda. For wildlife photographers this would be ecology, conservation, etc.

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