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Hey Photographer! Martina here…

As you probably know by now my passion is Wildlife, Nature and Travel photography.

In January of 2017 I began the journey of a lifetime. I had the opportunity to travel for 15 months around the world and to volunteer for different environmental and wildlife organizations. Along the way, I met some amazing friends who made my journey unforgettable and had the opportunity to learn about different cultures and the simple way of living.

Traveling to all these places gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really explore taking pictures of some of the most wondrous and inspiring places. I learned a lot about the world on this trip and I also really got in touch with how much I love photography.

I was fortunate enough to see some of the most incredible places on Earth and I’ll share some of my favorite ones with you, as well as my favorite image from each location I visited.


Namibia is one of the youngest countries in the world; it is home to the oldest desert in the world (Namib); it is one of the least populated countries; you can see penguins (penguins in Africa???); you can buy gems from pretty much every corner; it is home to some of the largest diamond mines and you can see some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Pretty incredible!

Everest base camp trek, Nepal

My journey started with trekking through small picturesque villages, meeting locals, visiting the highest temple in the world and finally getting to The Himalayas and seeing Mt. Everest with my own eyes. This is something every adventurous soul should experience.


I spent a month in Zimbabwe volunteering for an anti-poaching unit protecting the African wildlife. In that month, I learned about tracking and understanding the behavior of the wildlife and most of all, I learned about the fight fought every day to protect what is left of the African wildlife. The rhino on this picture is being protected by armed rangers 24/7.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

You can spend days and weeks in Kruger National Park and not get tired. Or at least I could! I saw the Big Five and so much more there. Kruger is heaven for every wildlife photographer.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, India

Also called Keoladeo National park, this place is home to more than 230 resident and migratory bird species in a protected area. I went during the off season but I was still able to see a lot of interesting bird species. My guide was able to spot birds hidden high up in the canopies of the trees. Nothing more rewarding than seeing wildlife in the wild!

Havana, Cuba

Cuba is one of the safest places I have ever been to and people are warm and welcoming. When you’re exploring the streets of Havana you can’t help but think that you are in a movie from the fifties, the cars and architecture, even the way people dress give you that feeling. I found it fascinating!

Mungo National Park, NSW, Australia

The Mungo National Park is a remote and beautiful place of dramatic contrasts in the outback of the Australian state, New South Wales. It is a protected World Heritage area known as Willandra Lakes, which is a chain of dried-out lakes.

What is your favorite place to photograph?

All photos taken by Martina Colova

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