BA(Hons) Marine & Natural History Photography

My dream is to be a filmmaker of wildlife,
and film interactions between humans and nature. I came here from India to Falmouth
just to study Marine & Natural History Photography. It’s such a specialised
course, that, I don’t think it’s there anywhere
else other than Falmouth. I think this course is unique and a perfect opportunity for everyone who loves
nature and photography. It’s, you know, one of it’s kind, and it sort of incorporated
my passions of wildlife photography and underwater photography. I think Cornwall is the best place you
can get as a photography student. You get beaches, you get oceans, you get cliffs, you
get plants, gardens – everything is included. Cornwall is absolutely gorgeous. I fell in
love with it when I came here. The actually Natural History is amazing. It’s right on the doorstep and
the fact you’ve got the water as well, so you’ve got both
aspects and it’s just all around you. Falmouth’s like such a pretty place to
dive. You’ve got amazing underwater life here. We’ve got really experienced
visiting lecturers coming in every week. We’ve got people who have worked for BBC to people who are out there doing photojournalism and telling their
stories; coming in here, telling us how they managed to, you know, get to the
level that they are. The best things about this course
are the equipment that we can use. I believe it’s 2.5 million pounds
worth of equipment available to us and it’s top-of-the-line equipment.
it’s absolutely amazing. Equipment that is available right here is high quality, it’s mostly brand new. Each
year we get new stuff to try out and it’s the best thing you can get as a student. The lectures are amazing, they are really
helpful. We’ve got a polar explorer, we’ve got people who have worked with the BBC,
people who have had their shows on TV. Every day on this course is completely different. You can do microscope
photography one day, you can meet guest lecturers another day and a
third day you might go to field trips. I’ve been on a couple of foreign trips,
which is Iceland and Egypt. I’ve been on two foreign field trips in the past two
years to Iceland and to the Red Sea. Both, I would say, extremely well planned and well thought out, and they’re just great experiences. It’s just once in lifetime,
especially going with like-minded people and you go with lecturers
who will guide you. Egypt was my first dive trip. I think
it’s safe to say it set like a really big standard because that trip was
probably the best trip of my life. The amazing thing about this course is you get
to exhibit your work, especially the third year when you’re finishing
off your course, you get a whole gallery to
show off your work. A lot of people that
actually graduate come in as guest speakers and it’s actually quite
inspirational, and you know, you just sit in that lecture and
think about, you know, what you’re gonna do, how can you make a change. You see actually that there’s
a huge range of things that we could possibly go into, from
doing normal television work to actually be researching, and so forth. Marine & Natural History Photography
opens doors for like things that you didn’t
actually imagine. Anything I would say for someone doing the course and that is
you are going to enjoy it no matter what.

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