What is the definition of a professional wildlife photographer?

Started Aug 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Calliope Senior Member • Posts: 1,536
Re: Professional is one who is earning a living.

garyknrd wrote:

ESfishdoc wrote:

Agree with Ape W. C.

It is easy to sell something... good or bad... easy to sell any number of things.

But... is the photographer out there really making a living at it?

Take me for example: I have professional equipment and a fair amount of experience and ambition and enthusiasm and have sold prints and done some work for money. I've seen work by "professionals" that I can equal or better.... but... I have a good paying day job and don't need photography money. Am I a professional photographer? I would say no... I am not.

A wildlife photographer? Two of them come to mind. One of them is well known and another not as well known. As far as I know both of them bust hump to get out there and get the job done.

Moose Peterson


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Good explanation. But does Moose make his money selling prints or clicking on his links. And being a Nikon spokesman? Or do the two make the most money selling prints?

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Moose also does workshops and speaking engagements in addition to selling his photos. We were lucky to have him visit our club and talk about his work. He is a very fun and engaging speaker. I would love to take one of his workshops some day.

For some competitions the definition of a professional photographer is one who makes money from selling their work, teaching photography and acting as judge in other competitions.

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