Two Alligators in Love- credit: Blaine Eckberg/USFWS
Nature and Wildlife photography is one of six main uses considered appropriate in National Wildlife Refuges. In the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, you have the opportunity to take photographs of alligators, sandhill cranes and other species of amphibians, fish, mammals, reptiles, and birds. There are also many amazing plant species such as cypress, longleaf pine, and carnivorous plants.
Great Photo Spots in Okefenokee
We encourage you to take photographs while visiting the refuge. However, you must follow refuge regulations and proper photographer etiquette. Remember, all wildlife, plants and natural and cultural artifacts are protected. It is against federal law to do anything that will harm or disturb wildlife or their habitats. There are many great photo spots you can visit either by car, on foot, or by boat.
Whether you are just photographing birds in your backyard or traveling to your Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to capture images of amazing wildlife and plants, there are basic concepts that will improve the quality of your images. Check out the guide, Nature's View: Quick Tips for Better Nature Photography for tips to taking better nature photographs.
Instructor John Reed Demonstrating Photography Techniques
credit: Blaine Eckberg/USFWS
March 16 and 17, 2013
Pre-registration required- call 912-496-7836 to register
Professional Photographer Requirements
If you are taking commercial photographic images which require models or hours and locations not normally open to the public, you must apply for a special use permit at least two weeks in advance from the refuge administrative office before visiting the refuge. Call (912) 496-7366 for more information.
Nature Photography Contests
We encourage visitors to take photographic images in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and submit them to nature photography contests to demonstrate the beauty of this unique landscape ans the plants and animals that inhabit it.
Digital Photographs of Okefenokee for Public Use
Digital photographs of wildlife, plants and landscapes taken in Okefenokee are available to download for public use. There is no charge for use but photo credit must be provided.