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Although Rick Collins was born in the United States, he has spent more than 40 years living, traveling and photographing abroad.  His love of wildlife photography and travel adventure, combined with his attraction to foreign cultures and odd jobs in strange places, have taken him to the far-flung corners of the world.

The photos in this portfolio represent Rick’s travel journal and reflect a deep affection and appreciation for the various subject matter at hand.  It is a natural progression that, under the banner of SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS, he would choose to share his trips and photo knowledge with like-minded photographers in the form of small group photo adventures to some of his favorite spots.

Rick has been working the last ten summer seasons in remote Alaska as a photographer and professional grizzly bear guide for fellow photographers.  He continues to hold a popular grizzly photo workshop annually in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.  During the northern winters, Rick leads multiple small group photo safaris and workshops in Africa designed for all levels of photography skills.  He is expanding SPOTLIGHT PHOTO SAFARIS to include three of his all-time favorite destinations: India (tigers and culture), Indonesia (Orangutans, Komodo Dragons and landscape) and Cuba (a bygone era).

Rick’s work has been published in wildlife and travel magazines in the U.S., England and Australia.  He recently finished five 360˚ spherical photo essays for Springbok Entertainment and Google Expeditions on the Hadzabe Tribe of Lake Eyasi, Tanzania, the effect of global warming on farming in Tanzania, and three projects on the Syrian refugee situation in Germany.

He’s held the position of Photographer-in-Residence at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge – Serengeti and the world-renown Gibbs Farm in Tanzania. He continues to do PIR stints at the Four Seasons in the Serengeti.  He also spent two months on the Island of Lanai in Hawaii, shooting promotional material for the island’s two Four Seasons Resorts.

Rick holds dual citizenship with Australia.