Well here is a little advice to all photographers. Following numerous visits to my local zoo (Dublin) I decided to e-mail them and offer them copies of my images for free since they do such a good job. I also pointed out that their 'animal adoption' photos I got could do with some updating as even early ones I took years ago were of better quality. Not being a smart arse by any means, it just flowed in the mails back and forth I sent about offering my services free. Needless to say, I then followed my e-mails up with a phone call and as a result, I was asked to come in today to shoot some publicity shots of the new Asian elephants that arrived for the new rain forest enclosure then are building. They were so impressed with my work, I got offered a position of 'Official Photographer'. Now you might say, well it doesn't pay because the zoo's run on funding, donations and paying public. Well it does pay, I got a years free pass for me and 3 other people. Behind the scenes access with the keepers. Fully credited for shots used in the magazine, site or any publication and a 'heads up' on any animal births in Spring etc. Also free access to FOTO WILDLIFE PARK and Chester Zoo in the UK! All this because in less then 10 seconds during a quiet period in work, I popped an e-mail off to them! If you dont ask...... you dont get! Hopefully this will inspire some of you to push the boat out a bit and see what happens.... Good luck and Merry Christmas everyone!