Here are some of the stories of our interns, students and volunteers. It tells about their time with us and the skills, knowledge and self confidence that they have formed due to their experience here at the Africa Media Academy. Please feel free to contact any of our alumni for direct references.
Experience of a lifetime
We spent a month last year as interns and throughly enjoyed the program. There was so much to do from hiking and wildlife photography to underwater shark experiences. The staff was great and
knowledgeable. Our accommodations were amazing. I would highly recommend this program, it's an experience of a lifetime.
Hi, I took my UWP course in Mozambique, the experience is amazing. Theres so much to learn and so much biodiversity to see, that one month is not enough to enjoy that beautiful country. The
UWP internship is ok for entry level UW Photographers or more advanced ones. Fi and her staff are the best teaching UWP. Guinjata's Dive Centre is the best Dive operator in Mozambique, all the staff are the best for making sure you have a great time on land and underwater. I loved my UWP Internship and my experience in Mozambique. That I came back for doing my Dive Master cert.
My month spent in Mozambique was truly one of the best of my life.
The program was well organised and structured, building from foundational skills to more advanced techniques as the
My month spent in Mozambique was truly one of the best of my life.
The program was well organised and structured, building from foundational skills to more advanced techniques as the weeks went by. I felt completely supported in my learning - I joined the program with no underwater photography experience, but quickly developed a deep passion, and I felt confident and skilled to take this forward at the completion of the course. The support to alumnis of the program is also fantastic.
Fiona was an amazing teacher and mentor - exceptionally talented, incredibly generous with her time and wonderfully critical. Her passion for the ocean and its animals is so infectious and inspiring.
Guinjata Bay is a beautiful location with amazing marine life. During my stay, humpback whales, mantas and whalesharks were all regular visitors to the bay and on our dives. There's also a huge diversity of tiny critters - nudis, shrimps, crabs - which are great practice for macro techniques. The accommodation, food, dive shop and staff were all exceptional - it quickly felt like home, and it was very hard to leave at the end of the month.
The program included a number of excursions - both diving and land-based - which were great for exploring more of the local area and learning more about the culture of Mozambique.
I loved everything about this internship and would do it again in a heartbeat!
I really enjoyed my program as a filmmaker in Africa Media. They are very professional and Kind people. Their team work hard to make you feel confident and to give you all the tools you need to be successful.
Best experience of my life!
I joined the wildlife filmmaking program in 2018. At the start I was worried that it would be too advanced as I had never filmed wildlife before, although I had worked with cameras during my
university studies. However, from start to finsih the instructors ensured tht I had full support. They work out who is good with cameras, who knows animals and then work with you individually on what you need to focus on. The time on Schotia game reserve was the best 9 days ever. We were mostly alone on the reserve and had the freedom to do loads of things and have incredible encounters with elephants, lions, rhinos, crocs and much more. The team really focus on training you and ensuring you get all the media content for your documentary, and although you work very long hours, you feel you are always doing things that are worthwhile. At the end of the program you show your film to all the students and staff, and is great way to finish as great month. Thank you everyone at Africa Media!
In the month I spent as an Africa Media intern, I met and stayed with some of the most amazing people I've ever met. The staff is not only knowledgeable about their craft, they're
passionate. They truly care about each and every one of their interns. Their attitudes toward their job and toward their life were absolutely inspiring and I think anyone would be lucky to spend time with them.
I participated in the Wildlife and adventure photography internship during June this year (2014) with Africa Media, and can honestly say I had the best experience of my life. With
apprehension and fear before and during my first arrival, Oceans staff helped me settle in and feel right at home. I can honestly say my knowledge and photography skills have developed in ways I have never imagined; I left Africa a more advanced photographer with a colorful portfolio and a renewed passion for photography and adventure, not to mention unforgettable memories and friends from all over the world. I would recommend this trip of a lifetime to anyone with a passion for wildlife photography. I gained more vital knowledge within this course to my future progression than my current BA degree, and this is an opportunity not to be missed. Thanks Oceans Campus for developing my skills as a professional and changing my perspective as a whole.
Having the opportunity to spend a month in Mozambique, learning the art of Underwater Photography, was well and truly one of the most inspiring experiences I've ever had. Mentored from
Having the opportunity to spend a month in Mozambique, learning the art of Underwater Photography, was well and truly one of the most inspiring experiences I've ever had. Mentored from Fiona Ayerst, a world-renowned underwater photographer, I managed to cultivate the skills and understanding of Underwater Photography in a friendly and positive environment. The course is set in Guinjata Bay, a remote bay near the town of Inhambane, providing the perfect setting to really live and breathe the course. You'll wake up to the sounds of the ocean, spend all day in the ocean and then spend the night watching it; there's really not an experience like it and you'll find a place that at first, felt strange and surreal, becomes like home very quickly. Everything was very well organised, right from the communication prior to the trip, to the daily activities and schedule, to even now being supported as an alumni of the course. I learnt a lot about myself during this experience and there was so so many things I didn't get right or felt I wasn't great at. However, the support throughout your learning here is incomparable and through getting out there day after day, you will soon find you're making some amazing progress from when you first started. The honest truth is, I started the course with 6 open water dives (4 of them were in my OW course). Since completing this underwater photography internship, I then went on to become an Open Water Instructor, working in the dive industry in several dive destinations around the globe and now work as a professional underwater photographer. I put this all down to the experience, learning and teaching that I had in Mozambique. I highly recommend this course for those with either a passion for marine life or photography. Using myself as an example, you don't have to have a tonne of dives to partake on this course, you will quickly develop those skills too except it will be way better as you'll have a full underwater camera set-up in your hands. No question, I would love to go back and do it all again!
Highly recommend the underwater photography course
Loved loved LOVED every second I spent with Africa Media! I was blessed with an incredible group of people, one that I consider family forever, and learned about the South African culture,
from braais to the language, to the people. Highly recommend the underwater photography course to ANYONE interested in spending a month diving with a camera in hand to capture all the magnificent creatures Africa has to offer.
I spent the month of the environmental and travel journalism program last August 2017. The program was everything that I expected and so much more. We only had two students on the program
and one instructor (Fiona), thus has loads of personal attention from Fi who is an established environmental journalist and underwater photographer. The program involves a lot of research, writing and drinking coffee but at the end of it I managed to publish 1 article in a print magazine (South Magazine), two blogs (Africa Geographic), and am still working on a few additional stories that I want to publish. We did do awesome trips to research stories, collect accompanying photographs and interview experts. Overall this is a fantastic program that gives you lots of insight into building a career as a travel or environmental writer.
This course is amazing!! The wildlife you're exposed to is crazy, from whales to manta rats and awesome macro critters like seahorses whilst being surrounded in paradise and friendly locals.
The amount you learn is crazy, basically a person who’s never held a camera at the start will leave with significantly improved photos that they would be so proud of! Great value for money & such a great experience!!
My internships was by far one of the most amazing experiences I was fortunate to come across through my career. Coming from a traditional filmmaking background, having studied film directing
My internships was by far one of the most amazing experiences I was fortunate to come across through my career. Coming from a traditional filmmaking background, having studied film directing for 4 years, I was hoping to expose myself to more of a specialized insight into the wildlife filmmaking industry focusing mainly on practical and field knowledge and that was exactly what I got. Having the core of the course structure revolving around the process of making a short wildlife documentary from scratch assured that each participant will have a fully-hatched product to showcase as soon as he/she finishes the course. The only thing I kind of missed was the mentorship and guidance necessary for taking future steps, which I hope It’s been already taken notice of, and going to change soon. I’m so happy that I was able to gain full confidence in my ability to fulfill my dream of becoming a wildlife filmmaker, and that wouldn’t have been achieved without the great help from Ryan, Dan and whole team of Africa Media. Thanks a lot and I hope we’ll stay in touch.
I throughly enjoyed my internship with Africa Media. It gave me more confidence in my filmmaking abilities, so many awesome memories, and friends that will last a lifetime. Getting to
I throughly enjoyed my internship with Africa Media. It gave me more confidence in my filmmaking abilities, so many awesome memories, and friends that will last a lifetime. Getting to spend 10 days in the African bush just filming wildlife was one of the best experiences of my life. The things we saw and captured on film are things people only dream of. The course leader and the field specialist were especially helpful in making my experience enjoyable and teaching me loads of new things about filmmaking. I am forever grateful for my time with Africa Media and I hold all my memories from that month near and dear to my heart.
My name is Ryan and I study Zoology with Herpetology at Bangor University in North Wales in the UK. I love studying the natural world and finding out its secrets. I have known for a long
My name is Ryan and I study Zoology with Herpetology at Bangor University in North Wales in the UK. I love studying the natural world and finding out its secrets. I have known for a long time that I wanted to go into wildlife filmmaking. I remember working one night on a report for university and while I went on a five-minute break I was on Facebook and I noticed an advertisement from Africa Media. I clicked on the link and started looking on the website. I spent about 20 minutes looking through everything, and I immediately sent an email saying, “I would love to come and learn wildlife filmmaking, how do I apply”. Within a few months I was packing my bags to go South Africa to fulfil my dream. I had the honour of meeting two people who were going to be the driving force behind my film; the first was Annie, who was a previous intern and now works at Africa Media, and the other was Ryan Johnson (world Great white shark expert, documentary filmmaker and producer). They both taught me so much, and I cannot thank them enough for their kindness. The highlight of my time there was when we travelled to Scotia private Game reserve for 10 days of pure filming and living in the bush at the mercy of nature. Apart from the filming, I made friends and connection there that will stick with me for life. I have made friends from all over the world, from India, to America and everywhere else in-between. Africa Media started my career of and whatever success comes my way, it has all been down to them. The incredible journey I have been on with them was beautiful and I hope one day to go back for another month.
I was a wildlife & Adventure Photography intern during this past March and April (2013) months, during which my passion for wildlife and adventure photography truly flourished. Unlike most
standard 8-5 desk job internships, we spent much of our days out on an African safari, surrounded by beautiful wonders, photographing the ‘big-5’ at “Work!”. What more could you possibly ask for? Being thrown into such a dynamic environment, my creative success as a photographer was only bound by the limitations of my own imagination. Of course, we did spend hours in the media studio learning about practical things such a lightroom, wordpress, web design, SEO optimisation and the like, but I am just as thankful for gaining that knowledge as well. Africa Media understands that becoming a successful photographer requires not only having a captivating, diverse portfolio, but also a keen business and marketing sense. Without having basic knowledge of how to project my work to prospective clients, I would not be able to continue to do what I love! That being said, my time with Africa Media far exceeded my expectations I walked away with some of my best photographic work to date, a renewed passion for photography and adventure, a honed skill set across multiple digital platforms, and new business savvy. All in all, this photography internship with Africa Media is truly a unique and special opportunity that you will not regret.
I spent a month doing the underwater photography internship program, and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! The course was taught well, from the basics of handling
I spent a month doing the underwater photography internship program, and it was one of the most amazing experiences in my life! The course was taught well, from the basics of handling and care for underwater photography gear, to complex subjects such as composition and editing. Regardless of if you are a beginner or have been taking photos for years, this course has much to teach and catered a lot to individuals Diving in South Africa was phenomenal and is one of the best places I've dived in my life. The diversity of macro life to the thrill of diving with ragged-tooth sharks, there was plenty of subjects for us to hone our photography skills on. To top it all off, everyone was incredibly friendly, from the dive operators to fellow interns, and you almost immediately feel at home. Leaving after month almost felt like leaving a place I have lived in for a while. Overall, the month spent as an underwater photography intern was one of the best times in my life, 10/10 would recommend 🙂
Africa Media is a premier supplier of production services, experiential media training programs and interactive edu-tourism expeditions throughout Southern Africa.
Our mission is to build an enthusiastic generation of wildlife and environmental specialists who have the skills and passion to build successful careers or make significant contributions in the wildlife and environmental media industry.