My very 1st ones 

1970

My 1st Breath

Summertime, Bochum, Germany

 

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1982

My 1st Camera

A Point & Shoot, I can’t remember which model

1986

My 1st Apprenticeship

Communication Technician, not bad to have a technical background. Especially for the technical part of photography and for quick fixes of the car in the bush

 1991

My 1st Oversea Trip

Canada, hiking, canoeing, whale watching. With this trip the travel bug was deeply implanted. I used the old camera of my Dad, a Baldamatic II (semi-automatic rangefinder with a match-needle exposure system from 1960)

 

 At Red Drum Bernd Wasiolka

 1992

My 1st SLR

 As the old Baldamatic wasn’t really suitable for wildlife I needed a new camera: a Minolta Dynax 7000i. I bought it for a really good price 2nd hand.

 1992

My 1st Time Down Under

A dream became true – Australia. Many trips followed. It is still one of my favourite places in the world

 1994

My 1st Trip to Central America

Mexico, Belize, a taste of a different world

 

Hot Seat Bernd Waisolka

 1995

My 1st Trip to Asia

Malaysia, deep into the Bornean forest in the search of Orangutan and Proboscis Monkeys

 1997

My 1st University Education

I started to study Biology @ Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany

 2000

My 1st Trip to Southern Africa

South Africa – triggered my love for the African bush and its wild creatures: At sunset standing in the middle of a herd of zebras numbering more than a hundred - you couldn’t ask for more

 

 Enjoying Life Bernd Wasiolka

 2000

My 1st time in the Kalahari

Of course I stayed a few days in the southern Kalahari with the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park as the highlight.

 2001

My 1st white lens

A Canon EF 300/4.0 L IS USM. I really enjoyed that lens and used it for many years to come

 2003

My 1st DSLR

Canon EOS 10D - It was the 1st digital body which was affordable. Digital Age started with a 6.3 Megapixel sensor – many moons ago

 

Camp Fire Bernd Wasiolka

 2004

My 1st University Degree 

I finished my Biology studies with a diploma in Animal Ecology and Nature Conservation. For my thesis I worked a couple of month in the Kalahari.

2008 

My 1st Scientific Publication 

Indexing small mammalian carnivores in the southern Kalahari, South Africa (Wildlife Research)

2008 

My 1st (and last) Doctor Title

PhD in Animal Ecology. In the Kalahari I worked for a couple of years on the impact of overgrazing on reptile diversity and population dynamics.

 

Luxury Camping Bernd Wasiolka

2008

My 1st Super-Telephoto Lens

Canon EF 500/4.0 L IS USM a game changer for me. Till today my favourite lens

 2009

My 1st Professional DSLR

Canon EOS 1D III – an amazing camera – great AF, fast frame rate, superb image quality and I loved the 1.3x crop factor. A pity that Canon doesn’t have a 1.3x body on offer anymore.

 2012

My 1st Homepage

www.wildphotolife.com goes online

 

Print Check Singapore Bernd Wasiolka

 2013

My 1st Coffee-table Book

'Kalahari Dreaming' is a visual celebration of one of the largest wilderness area in the world, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in southern Africa.

 2013

My 1st Solo Exhibition

The exhibition at the Omba Gallery, Craft Centre in Windhoek, Namibia accompanies the release of my coffee-table book 'Kalahari Dreaming'

 2014

My 1st Lodge Assignment  

Kalahari Game Lodge

 

On the Walk Koiimasis Bernd Wasiolka

 2014

My 1st Photo Course

The clients enjoyed my 1st African Wildlife Workshop at Okambara Elephant Lodge, Namibia

 2015

My 1st Facebook Post

My Facebook page Bernd Wasiolka-wildphotolife goes online  

 2015

My 1st Cover Image 

Conservation and the Environment in Namibia 

 

Tyre Change Bernd Wasiolka

 2016

My 1st Instagram Post

You can find me on Instagram, too

 2016

My 1st NHM nomination

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 - People's Choice Award by the Natural History Museum