Travel photography and videography. Incredible photos and video footage, both aerial and terrestrial, from all over the world.
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Eagle Hunters — In 2015 and 2016, videographer and photographer Joel Santos travelled for several days across Mongolia to reach their remote homes of the Kazakh nomads and witness the stringent training they endure to bond with their eagles. With only around 400 traditional eagle hunters left in the world, the custom is precious and unless your father was an eagle hunter, you cannot become one. Licensing and Full Story at Barcroft TV
Reindeer Herding In Snowy Mongolia – The Tsaatan Nomadic People —Navigate the snowy wilds of Mongolia with this nomadic reindeer herding family. Photographer Joel Santos dived 1000 km into the depths of Northern Mongolia to visit the Ganbaa family near Khovsgol Lake. Despite only being able to spend three days in the Tsaatan family’s camp, Santos travelled for four days to reach them – three driving and one on horseback – before repeating the epic journey to return home. Travelling with an interpreter and a fellow photographer from Mörön, Mongolia, the photographer met the Ganbaa family, led by matriarch Purev who lives with Buyantogtokh, a widowed reindeer herder. Licensing and Full Story at Barcroft TV
Holy Waters Ghana’s Sacred Meteorite Crater Lake. This one million-year-old sacred lake was created when a giant meteorite crash landed in what was once a lush rainforest. In Ashanti, Ghana, Lake Bosumtwi is revered by locals as sacred and tradition dictates that they can only fish in the lake using wooden planks called paduas. Nowadays the lake – which stretches across 10.5 kilometres – is under threat from deforestation and modernisation. Ghana 2016. Licensing and Full Story at Barcroft TV
Playing With Fire – Photographer Gets Dangerously Close To Lava Lake – Erta Ale, Ethiopia. These fiery images offer a glimpse inside the ‘Gateway To Hell’ – the world’s oldest continuously active lava lake. Travel photographer Joel Santos, 38, piloted a drone low over the bubbling lake, which reaches temperatures exceeding 1,100 degrees celsius. The lake, which has had a continuous flow since 1906, is situated inside the Erta Ale volcano, otherwise known as Smoking Mountain, in the Afar region of northeastern Ethiopia. Ethiopia 2015/2016.Licensing and Full Story at Barcroft TV
Working In 140°F Heat – Salt Desert, Ethiopia. Unforgiving temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit beat down on these hardworking salt miners every single day. The salt mines, situated in the Afar triangle, stretch across 100,000 square kilometres and at their lowest point are more than 300 feet below sea level. Professional travel photographer and videographer Joel Santos travelled to the area to capture the dry beauty of this brutal expanse of land. Ethiopia 2015/2016. Licensing and Full Story at Barcroft TV
Rare Look Into Kazakh Nomads’ Epic Migration. Follow these nomadic families across the brutal landscape of Mongolia as they move their entire lives 150km through the mountains. Mongolia, 2015/2016. Licensing and Full Story at Barcroft TV
Interview with Joel Santos, CM Manhã TV show, by CMTV, on 08/04/2015, conducted by Nuno Graciano and Maya.Talk about photography, travel, books, stories and the professional photographer’s life regarding his work as trainer, writer and photo tour leader. English subtitles.
Joel Santos interview on RTP ÁFRICA, “Bem Vindos”, conducted by Elisabete Moreira, on 11/02/2016.Talk about photography in Africa, travel, books, stories and the professional photographer’s life regarding his work as trainer, writer and photo tour leader. English subtitles.
Rare Images from Serra da Estrela mountain, Portugal, on a news special aired by SIC TV channel, 2016-04-13. Feature based on the short video documentary about the “Hidden Heart – Autumn / Winter”, which you can find further down in this page.
Hidden Heart – Autumn / winter | Coração Escondido — Outono / Inverno, Serra da Estrela, Portugal. Short documentary about the transition from Autumn to Winter in ‘Serra da Estrela’ (Star Mountain Range), the highest mountain range in Continental Portugal, combining aerial and terrestrial 4K footage. Portugal, 2015/2016.
Otherworldly perspective over Paiva Walkways, an amazing structure alongside river Paiva, in Portugal. This aerial footage will take you through magical morning mists, stunning cliffs and walkways that were later consumed by fire in 2016
Gateway to Hell (Danakil, Erta Ale, Dalol — Ethiopia. Buckle up and get ready to fly over the hottest place on Earth, where the Erta Ale volcano lava lake, the multicoloured Dallol sulfur springs and the Danakil depression wastelands of salt exist. A never before seen aerial footage and images. Ethiopia, 2015/2016.