My very 1st ones 


My 1st Breath

Summertime, Bochum, Germany


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My 1st Camera

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


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


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


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.


My 1st Time Down Under

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


My 1st Trip to Central America

Mexico, Belize, a taste of a different world


Hot Seat Bernd Waisolka


My 1st Trip to Asia

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


My 1st University Education

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


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


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.


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


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


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.


My 1st Scientific Publication 

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


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


My 1st Super-Telephoto Lens

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


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.


My 1st Homepage goes online


Print Check Singapore Bernd Wasiolka


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.


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'


My 1st Lodge Assignment  

Kalahari Game Lodge


On the Walk Koiimasis Bernd Wasiolka


My 1st Photo Course

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


My 1st Facebook Post

My Facebook page Bernd Wasiolka-wildphotolife goes online  


My 1st Cover Image 

Conservation and the Environment in Namibia 


Tyre Change Bernd Wasiolka


My 1st Instagram Post

You can find me on Instagram, too


My 1st NHM nomination

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


My 1st German coffee-table book

Wildes Namibia


 My 1st Multivisons Show

 Premiere Multivisoins Show "WILDES NAMIBIA" am 06.10.2019 im LutherLAB Bochum