DB 015: National Geographic Photographer Anand Varma & The “Be A Photographer” Challenge

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In today’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome award-winning photographer and videographer for the National Geographic channel, Anand Varma. His work tells the story behind the science on everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology.  In this podcast, he talks about his love for photography, and how he transitioned his dream from being a marine biologist to being an award-winning photographer.


  • The first camera he ever used, and when he first started using it.
  • At what point he realized that he loved photography a bit more than marine biology.
  • Why bees are important, and why we should start learning more about them.
  • How he was able to capture the amazing and clear images of the bees.
  • Why he considers parasites to be beautiful.
  • Why it’s okay to be different
  • What his big dream for the future is
  • What skills are necessary to make your dream a reality
  • Stories about the places he’s traveled and what makes them memorable.


In this episode, Anand shared his his process for capturing his beautiful photographs of science and nature.   This week we want to challenge you Big Dreamers to capture some incredible images of your own.  Even if your family does not have a fancy camera, most phones these days have amazing cameras on them.  We suggest you spend a few hours outside with your family discovering the beauty outside and taking photos of what you see!   We even created this adorable customizable download where you get to help inspire you to complete the challenge.  The sheet can be customized with your face and name, and it is 100% free to download.   Click here to claim you free download.

If you complete the Be A Photographer challenge, please let Olga know by emailing her at [email protected].  You will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift card and 1-month free membership in Post Pal Club.  Winners are selected monthly and contacted by email (as well as announced on our show!).


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