Risky Business

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© Jim Edds

As we all know (especially Nat Geo Wild fans!), wildlife cinematography can be absolutely breathtaking, allowing us entry into an exotic world few humans get to experience first hand. But how did these images come to be? Who made them and under what conditions? Well, behind every camera is a person, and behind every incredible story captured on film is a sometimes even more incredible story — the adventure of the cameraman.

All new Nat Geo Wild series Cameramen Who Dare follows the footsteps of wildlife cameramen on shoot in the field. For these skilled professionals, dramatic and dangerous encounters with the wild are a part of their daily lives. With every dive, every safari, every single experience, they put their lives on the line to capture wildlife at its best.

In wildlife filming, you only get one opportunity — there are no re-takes. You have to be in the right place at the right time, and often that requires putting yourself directly into the line of fire.

From helicopter crashes and leopard attacks to animal charges and deadly bites, experience the blood, sweat, and adrenaline behind the lens and the dangers involved in getting wildlife’s award-winning shots.

Cameramen Who Dare premieres Sunday at 8P et/pt with a 3-hour event! Only on Nat Geo Wild.

Pictured above: Cameraman Mark Rackley holds his breath underwater while filming alligators in the Everglades. Mark went diving without any protective wear.

Video Preview: “Filming in Shark Bait” — While following a sardine run, one underwater photographer finds himself smack dab in the middle of a shark feast.


  1. GaryBridger
    June 2, 2011, 11:22 am

    How do these photographers fund them selves to go to these places. must cost thousands to shoot these films. I am moving in to film after 30 years of stills. Doing wild life here in Sabah. using 7D . I have little fear of wild life. Its seem they feel no threat from me. I want to know , Would I get paid from submitting footage by NG if accepted .