Support Ocean & Shark Conservation


2017: 16 Dec 2017 to 6 Jan 2018 – OPEN FOR APPLICANTS, apply below


A hands-on wildlife & adventure photography safari and conservation experience.

This is much more than an internship course, this is an African Adventure of a lifetime, combining wildlife photography, adventure photography and environmental journalism helping you become the VOICE FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT SPEAK!



This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to become the window through which the world will view Africa’s wildlife, both land and sea, using both images and the written word – an image might speak a thousand words, but combining informative, well-written articles with your images will enrich public understanding of environmental issues.

You will work closely with a leading conservationist, Lesley Rochat, founder and CEO of the organisation, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance, learning from her and assisting her to capture images and stories that will help the AfriOceans to achieve its goals in raising global awareness about critical environmental issues. The organisation focuses on educating the general public and winning support through compelling education and awareness initiatives, and your images and stories will become meaningful contributions in raising global awareness.

Lesley will share her knowledge and skills acquired over two decades of being a conservationist, those which have contributed toward her success, and that of her organisation. You will learn valuable skills from her in information-gathering, storytelling, as well as in the art of wildlife and adventure photography while in the field, whether face to face with a gentle giant African elephant, or face down snorkelling with Cape Fur Seals in the Atlantic Ocean.


Course director, Lesley Rochat, aka the Shark Warrior, is a locally born and globally respected, award-winning conservationist, photographer and filmmaker. See her websites for more: Her personal website. Her photography website.


This course is like no other internship – you will have one-on-one tuition from a leading conservationist who will deliver her promise of making this course an adventure of a lifetime. You will also be living in accommodation with breathtaking sea and mountain views, which will become home away from home.


It’s perfect for beginner photographers and writers, or for those wanting to gain extra experience whether as a photographer, keen conservationist or environmental journalist, and a perfect start for those wanting to get a feel for what a career in wildlife & adventure photography and environmental journalism is all about.


To ensure students receive quality tuition and that this internship remains a cut above the rest, Lesley takes only 6 students per course.

Lesley will take one volunteer per course, reserved for past students only. By application only.


2016: 10 Dec 2016 to 6 Jan 2017 – COMPLETED

2017: 16 Dec 2017 to 6 Jan 2017 – OPEN FOR APPLICANTS, apply below

2018: 15 Dec 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Application open in July, but welcome to send Lesley an email if you are thinking that far ahead: – Subject: 2018 Internship Course

Also see: Wildlife Conservation Photojournalism Course with Environmental Education  


2017: $3550 USA ($200 discount if you pay by 30th June 2017)


  • Tuition
  • Full board, dorm sharing, breathtaking sea views
  • White shark cage diving
  • SANCCOB African penguin tour
  • Kelp forest/spotted gully shark snorkelling safari
  • Cape fur seal snorkelling
  • Big 5 Game safari
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Hiking Lions Head
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Nature & culture tours
  • Stand up paddling or Sea Kayaking
  • PLUS Ziplinning, rock climbing, tandem paragliding, abseiling & other adventure sports (optional extras on weekends)

Note: should weather or other unforeseen reasons prevent us from doing a particular listed excursion, another will replace this.


False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa will be your home for the duration of the course.


  • PART 1: Fundamentals of wildlife photography, environmental journalism theory & field trips
  • PART 2: Wildlife terrestrial photography & journalism including theory plus field trips
  • PART 3: Wildlife ocean photography & adventure photography including theory plus field trips
  • PART 4: Final field trips and finished works, post production & image manipulation etc. combined with completed articles ready for publishers

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