PHOTOS: 13 Pictures Show Exactly What Nature Photographers Go Through to Get the Perfect Shot

From the outside, it kind of seems like nature photographers have the best job in the world. They get to travel the planet and interact and take photos of the most beautiful and rare animals on the planet.

While it’s definitely still on our list of dream jobs, these up-close and personal behind-the-scenes pictures show exactly what these brave photographers have to go through in order to get the perfect shot. It’s actually pretty hard!

Dedicated photographers brave hours sitting in swamps, frozen tundra, and more—just for the opportunity to glimpse a rare animal. On the other hand, they also get up-close and personal with the wild creatures, and clearly make some furry new friends in the process.

So check out the slideshow above to see some of the best behind-the-scenes pictures from some very talented photographers.