moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD

Monday, 02 May 2016 12:06

Sussex photography day Sunday 8th May

My next Sussex coastal photography day is now confirmed for Sunday 8th May 2016 where we'll be photographing a gorgeous stretch of Sussex coastline around Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven. Numbers are limited to just 5 people so we'll have plenty of time for personal photography advice and we'll take a break for lunch somewhere on route. £85 per person - please contact me here for more info. There's a few photos below taken on these days this year. For more info on my Sussex photogarphy courses and one-on-one days please click here.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 17:26

India tiger trip report April 2016

April in India is a wonderful time to see tigers in the wild as the remaining watering holes are limited and vegetation is nice and short. On our recent trip we had an incredible 18 tiger sightings in a week - most of which were so close and personal you could hear them breathe. Thanks to Caroline, Carlos, Barbara, Roy, Lee, Derek and Marta for making this trip one of the best ever. There's a few photos from the trip below (click on any thumbnail to view a larger image). I've done my best to not just choose tiger shots as there is a huge array of other wildlife here too. But let's face it -tigers are the main focus of these tours - so if you'd like to see a few more photos of these iconic cats from our time in India then you might also like this link. I will finalise the dates for my 2017 India tiger tour over the next few weeks so if you'd like to be kept in the loop please contact me here.

Spotted deer Langur Painted Stork Rhesus Macaque and spotted deer  Rhesus Macaque Lotus Temple Mottled Wood Owl Baby LangurSambar Deer rutting Spotted Owlet

This trip report is a tad late as I've been in India but huge thanks to Ginnie, Robert, Venetia, Sara, Russell, Jo, Suzanne and Adrian for being so lovely and contributing to such a special time in Tanzania. There's a few photos from this trip below ... click on any thumbnail for a larger version. If you would like more info about my future big cats and chimpanzee trips please contact me here

Chimpanzee Gombe Stream Baboon Gombe Stream Baboon Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Gombe StreamWildebeest Ndutu Zebra Ndutu Lions mating Ndutu Lions Ndutu Hyena Ndutu

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 08:22

Tiger tastic

A few photos of some of our tiger sightings in the last few days in India  ... our final count was an incredible 18 tiger sightings in our week there.  I've been travelling for most of the last 7 months now and have been very slack at updating my website recently but if you'd like info on my future tiger trips please contact me here.

Monday, 14 March 2016 16:46

Wildlife and travel

There is an opportunity in the pipeline for someone who is interested in helping me run wildlife trips to different parts of the world. The pay is shit (or sometimes even non-exiistent) but you'd get to travel to some incredible places and certainly enjoy close encounters with orangutans, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, lions and tigers - not all at the same time of course ! You'd also be part of somethng that raises significant sums for wildlife conservation projects. A passion for travel and nature is essential and you may or may not have an interest in developing your photography skills too. In the first instance it would be good to hear from you by email only to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please tell me a little about yourself including where you live, your age and what you love most about exploring new places and we'll take it from there.

A few random photos of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees from my recent trips to Uganda and Tanzania.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 09:45

Wild dogs in the Selous

A few photos of wild dogs from my recemt trip to the Selous game reserve in Tanzania. More information about the conservation of these endangered animals can be found here.

Monday, 07 December 2015 12:56

1st Indian bird fair

From 4th to 6th Dec 2015 hundreds of wildlife lovers from around the world gathered at the 1st Indian bird fair in Uttar Pradesh, India, for a few days of utter inspiration. I'm hugely  grateful to the organiser, Nikhil Devasar - for not only inviting me - but for putting on such an incredible festival. Early mornings were spent exploring the local area and we were consistently rewarded with some beautiful wildlife sightings - from river dolphins to numerous bird species. By day, the talks in the main lecture marquee from various experts in their field were always informative. And then as night fell we were treated to a buffet of scrumptious Indian food along with performances of dance and music. I've met so many lovely people over the last few days that it seems like the universe is smiling down on me and future tours to Nepal, Bhutan and various parts of India are now all in the pipeline - connected with not only experts in their field - but inspiring happy people. Scroll down for a few photos from this festival which will now become an annual event. Sarus CraneOur tempory homes for the festivalNikhil Devasar, opens the festivalTim Appleton of Rutland bird fair helps out with bird ringingCrested BuntingDr Balachandran, leading Indian bird ringerNigel Redman gives his incredible talk on the Chats of IndiaPied StarlingThe first four of 101 Hindu tenples along the river


Sunday, 29 November 2015 10:04

What if ?

What if our religion was all living things ?
If our practice was our life,
If prayer, our words.
What if our temple was the Earth,
If forests were our church,
If holy water the rivers, lakes, and ocean,
What if meditation was our relationships,
If our teacher was life,
If wisdom was self knowledge,
If love was at the centre of our being.

Friday, 20 November 2015 14:57

Outdoor photographer of the year 2015

The finalists have just been announced for this year's  Outdoor Photographer of the year award and I'm delighted  to annouce that I have 3 images in the finals. The first 2 below are in the wildlife category and the 3rd is in the 'at the water's edge category'.