Amos Nachoum Photographs the World’s Biggest Predators – and He Wants You with Him
A Life-Long Love Affair Inspired by Near Drowning
When Amos Nachoum was five years old he “drowned” off the coast of Jaffa, Israel.
In clear sight of his mother who was sitting on the beach, he and three friends ran into the water to play. That is the last thing Amos remembers until a lifeguard pulled him out. Amos credits that incident with bonding him to the ocean – and changing his life forever.
This Award Winning Photographer is Your Wildlife Tourism Big Animal Ambassador
Today, Nachoum, an award winning photographer who has been called a Big Animal Ambassador, dedicates his life to photographing big predators. As president of BigAnimals Global Expeditions, Amos leads people on hugely adventurous, but responsible encounters with whales, sharks, polar bears and more, all with a 40-year perfect safety record.
Amos’ goal is to dispel the myths and spread awareness and respect for our world’s most endangered species – and he is having a great time, doing it!
Whether you are meeting Amos for the first (or the 20th) time his brilliant smile combined with the field of pure energy that seems to surround him draws you in like a magnet. Recently, our editor, Les Medley had the chance to ask him a few questions:
What inspired you to become a wildlife photographer?
Amos: My inspiration came from as early as 12 years old, when I found my father’s WWII camera and started playing with it. All of the sudden people all around me start asking of me to take their pictures and listen to my story about pictures I was taking for my own joy of – Dogs, Cats, Horses, SunRise and set.
What is your favorite animal to photograph? And do you have any tips for photographing it?
Amos: I have no favorite animal – I have a mission and all the animals are equal subject to be photographed – in particular the threatened and endangered ones – the mission is to protect and preserve the life of this animals by creating appreciation and awareness to the majority of people that are busy at home.
For those that have not seen Amos: The Movie, what is your most memorable wildlife experience?
Amos: After so many years there are many memorable encounters – so by now after 40 years on the adventure called life – the next one is most memorable…
What is the best advice you can give to an aspiring underwater wildlife photographer?
Amos: I think that one of the most important element is having a purpose and a mission….one Chinese wise man said – Mission without a Vision is a nightmare and Vision without a Mission is a Daydream
Now the one thing every amateur photographer wants to know, what is in the bag? What equipment do you use and why?
Amos: I am a Nikon photographer and until now i shoot with Nikon D5 and D500…lenses from 16mm, 14 – 24mmm and 17 – 35mm, 50mm and 70 – 200mm, 200 – 400mm and 600mm. I am practicing now more with Drone filming and iPhone photography.
Along with being a renowned marine wildlife photographer, you are also the president (and expedition leader) of Big Animals Global Expeditions. Tell us about your company and what makes it unique.
Amos: What make it unique is the fact that the business is based on my photography mission – the expedition are to serve the photography mission – highlighting the endangered and threatened wildlife, bring to people to them safely and respectfully on one hand and on the other hand enrich people knowledge for those who are not able to travel far.
Big Animals Global Expeditions offers opportunities to swim with whales. Is this something those of us a bit past our prime can do? And do you need to be an experienced diver?
Amos: Swimming with whales can be done by a person of 8 years old till they are 88…as long as you can swim and remain afloat safe on the surface the whale will come to you…
You spend a great deal of time at sea. What do you think is the biggest threat to our oceans?
Amos: There are few threat to our ocean – plastic, melting iceberg, noise pollution, and daily pollution from industry, agriculture, construction, warming weather that cause rising acidity lack of CO2 in the water.
How can we travel more responsibly on, in, and near the oceans?
Amos: Participate in clean up program, support NGO that push for legislation to limit fishing, shark hunting and support the support the preservation of threatened species
What is your next big adventure (or project)?
Amos: The next two adventures are…one in the rainforest filming the threatened Black Leopard and second one filming the endangered Southern Right whale