Marine Photography Internship, Mozambique

Photograph whales, dolphins, and many more marine wildlife in an idyllic island location

Here’s a unique opportunity to work as a marine wildlife photographer in a paradise-like setting. During this internship, you’ll join a marine research station on Benguerra Island, in the Indian Ocean, and document their way through your camera. This will involve photographing an absolute abundance of marine wildlife, including dolphins, whales, sharks, and sea turtles. You’ll also document the field research work that the team of scientists and environmentalists are doing on a daily basis. Your images will get used by the institute as a way to spread awareness of the marine conservation work they’re doing.

This marine photography internship will allow you to practice and sharpen your skills, build an impressive portfolio of images, and contribute to the preservation of this stunning marine ecosystem. And all this in the most incredible setting; you’ll be living and working on one of four islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago, a protected area of clear-blue water, beautiful coral reefs, and rich ecosystems..

Learning outcomes;

  • Improve your marine photography skills
  • Gain a wealth of experience in marine photography and build a strong portfolio
  • Get a good understanding of the fields of wildlife conservation and marine photography
  • Learn how marine science is crucial in understanding how vulnerable ecosystems work
  • A thorough knowledge of marine conservation challenges in the Indian Ocean
  • Learn how photography can be used to support marine conservation efforts
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Marine NGO
Photography, community outreach
2-4 Weeks
From USD 1,350

You’ll be part of a nonprofit organisation that provides a platform for multifaceted marine conservation research. The overall goal of the center, which is the first permanent marine observatory in Africa, is to study the rich ecosystem in the Archipelago and to use the data to address conservation needs on both a local and regional level. This is done through a combination of environmental sensors, measurements and surveys to understand changes in the environment using time-series techniques. 


The main activities of the center are; 

  • Time-series monitoring of the local marine ecosystems to detect and predict climate-driven changes of biological and chemical changes. This involves seawater sampling, collection of species for microscopic analysis, and using sensors to measure oceanographic parameters. 
  • Species identification and habitat mapping. This involves conducting coastal and underwater surveys to study marine life hotspots.
  • Studying of migratory partners of marine life. This involves locating certain species, taking bio-samples, and studying these in a laboratory setting.  
What you’ll do

As a marine photography intern, you’ll join the local team of world-class scientists and environmentalists, and document their field work. This will include;  

  • Join the team on boat expeditions and photograph their scientific work in the field
  • Work with towing camera devices (ocean) and oversee deep water camera deployments for wildlife monitoring
  • Deep-sea filming is also coming up with depths of 10/20 meters using Lander + lights
  • Get involved in setting up equipment and learning about what we use for you to then assist in coordinating it
  • Photograph marine wildlife to help with identification of species 
  • Photograph laboratory work at the research station 
  • Help raise awareness of marine conservation in local communities on the mainland 

Note that if you don’t have your diving certification, you’ll be able to do a PADI diving course on the island – and you’ll get a 20% discount as an intern.

  • An intermediate photography level 
  • Good post-production skills 
  • A passion for marine wildlife and marine conservation 
  • A desire to learn and to gain field experience 
  • Good English skills 
  • A flexible and resourceful approach
  • You do need to bring your own camera equipment but you will also get trained on some of the underwater equipment of the research center and be able to use that

During this marine photography internship, you’ll be staying at the research center, on Benguerra Island. The island is one of five small islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago, a protected conservation area and national park. You’ll wake up every morning with views of clear turquoise waters and wide sandy beaches. Quite the place to live for a few months!

The center is carefully designed to blend in to its surroundings and to have a minimum carbon footprint; it’s built with local materials, it runs on solar energy, and it has zero-waste policies. You’ll enjoy comfortable accommodation with shared dorms rooms and plenty of communal areas to relax in. And since it’s a fully serviced accommodation, you’ll be cooked three meals a day.


This internship is offered throughout the year and preferably you start at the beginning of the month.

2021 Rates

2 weeks USD 1,350
4 weeks USD 1,850

  • Serviced accommodation on Benguerra Island
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport transfers to and from Vilanculos 
  • Visa transport to Maxixe (for visa extension) 
  • Park fees
  • Visa fees and medical/travel insurance costs
  • Flight to and from Vilankulos
  • Optional additional leisure activities and courses (though you’ll get a 20% discount on a PADI diving course)
  • Transport to/from optional weekend and leisure activities
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Marine NGO
Photography, community outreach
Min. 2  Weeks
From USD 1,350

The staff and facilities are simply amazing, with the perfect location for our research trips out by boat each day. The views are incredible from the accommodation, and we loved the chance to explore the rest of the island by 4x4.

  • Be part of an innovative research team
  • Photograph an absolute wealth of marine wildlife
  • Contribute to important marine conservation work through your images
  • Learn from a local professional photographer
  • Live and work in an absolute tropical paradise
  • Enjoy amazing travel opportunities in your time off
2 WEEKS USD 1,350
4 WEEKS USD 1,850

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How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form on the right. We’ll be happy to assist!


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