ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Photographed by Robbie Labanowski in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya

Hi there, I’m Jane, also known as Jungle Jane or Calamity Jane depending on the situation.

In 2016, I took the scary but exciting step of leaving my high profile career as a fashion media PR in London to pursue my passion for wildlife photography and photojournalism (you can read my story here). So far, it’s paid off beyond my wildest dreams.

Since leaving my job, I’ve been shortlisted for a travel photography award with the Daily Telegraph, completed a life-changing photographic internship with Save The Elephants in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya and spent a month working on hyena and cheetah research projects in the Namib desert and photographing wildlife in Namibia.

My photos and stories have been published in a number of titles around the world including the leading global fashion/lifestyle website Refinery 29, The Australian,  New Zealand’s biggest weekend broadsheet The Sunday Star Times and on Save The Elephants‘ social media sites reaching more than a million unique users.   In February 2017, just four months after quitting my job, I was appointed as a GirlGaze ambassador – partnering with this visionary project to help generate visibility and support for the next generation of female photographers. In May 2017 I was named by global luxury hotel CitizenM as one of five inspirational women to have quit their corporate jobs to chase their dreams.

Me in my fashion PR days with US actor Jared Leto photo: David M Benett

I’m happiest when I’m having adventures in the natural world and have been lucky to ski the mountains of Transylvania, New Zealand, Canada and Japan, drive cattle on horseback from Wyoming to Montana and white-water raft in Costa Rica. I’ve also ridden horses up the volcanic mountains of Iceland, fished for piranha in the Amazon, photographed wildlife in Africa and surfed in Morocco, India, Bali and Brazil.

I took a huge risk leaving the security of my glamorous, well paid career especially so late in my life (I’m a youthful 48!) but the rewards have so far been totally worth it. In March 2017, I put all of my belongings into storage, moved out of London and headed straight back to Africa where I was fortunate to be offered an assignment photographing gorillas in the Virunga mountains in Rwanda for a story on the 50th anniversary of the Dian Fossey International Gorilla Fund and invited back to Samburu National Reserve to work with Save The Elephants where I’m currently based. From here, who knows? As my Dad says ‘it’s in the lap of the Gods’ and I’ll be definitely keeping an eye out for the signposts along the way.

I hope you enjoy my view of the world and are inspired enough by my story to follow your own heart, chase your dreams and visit as much of this beautiful planet as I have. Please feel free to leave a comment or two on my posts.

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