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With the explosion of reality TV in recent years photographers are finally beginning to get their due. Flip through the cable universe these days and you’re likely to see fashion photographers featured on shows like “America’s Next Top Model” and celebrity photographers on networks like MTV and VH1. The BBC has even produced a brilliant documentary on paparazzi, focusing on the love-him-or-hate-him Darryn Lyons, founder of celebrity agency Big Pictures.

The latest photographer-turned-reality-star is Alaska-based wildlife photographer Jim Oltersdorf, who is the subject of a new episode of the Discovery Channel’s documentary series “Risk Takers 2.”