In my short career in photography, I have documented scientifically and artistically most of the Tolima state and part of the country. My work has specialized in image registration of Neotropical wildlife and the use of scientific photography techniques in the field of zoology, including micro and macrophotography.


I have made virtual photo exhibitions and documentaries like: "Watersheds: Stories through a lens" under the VII Seminar of Limnology, I International Meeting on Neotropical Rivers and Wetlands,  and the XLII National Congress of biological Sciences. Moreover, he has made exposures outdoors in the Universidad del Tolima and the Plaza Murillo Toro of the city of Ibagué.


I am a member of the Hispanic Forum of Nature Photography, "", since 2003. In addition, I have taught some short courses about photography and image editing and I am founder of the Observatory of Photography and Study of Wildlife “Icononzue", located in the foothills of the Eastern Slope of Colombia. My photographs illustrate books and catalogs of biological collections funded by WWF, the IAvH, the Banco de Occidente and the Universidad del Tolima.


Behind photos

Hide Photography


I decided it was time to take a next step and I had the idea of building a permanent hide, which allows me to get more satisfactory results in terms of image quality of low-documented and unknown species in the world of nature photography. Fortunately I count with the support of my family, (family of biologists by the way), a land in a family farm (with some patches of montane rainforest on the eastern slope of Colombia, in Icononzo-Tolima), but with some economical restrictions. However we decided to start my own hide in December 2010. Obviously, our jobs do not allow a continually work and it has practically limited to a few weekends.


Until now, the hide is completed in 90% and has been called: Observatory of study and wildlife photography “Icononzue" (indigenous word that means "murmuring of waters in the deep ", because of a narrow rift formed by the Sumapaz River in the limits of Tolima and Cundinamarca).


This observatory have an area of 2.5 usable square meters, with reflective glass at 360 °, bathroom, shower, light, water, internet and some comforts for 4 permanents guests. It is conditioned for observing, photographing, recording and filming birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects in their natural state. It should be clear that in this kind of technique, people are intruders, so it is important to have a previous knowledge of the environment in order to prevent any alteration of environment. We always have to remember that getting a photo or document never justifies disturb or produce negative effects in animals or their habitats.


For now, it is planned to offer services to photographers, biologists and other interested people. If you are interested, please click here

Camera: Canon eos 70D, Canon eos 30D. Nikon coolpix p6000/
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STMCanon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USMCanon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USMCanon EF 100mm f/2.8 MacroCanon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Mac-ro.

All images © Jorge Enrique García Melo 2018

Design by Diana Karina Rojas Briñez


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