Please note which Wild Shots event each speaker will be attending: CPT (Cape Town, 24th October 2015) or JHB (Johannesburg, 21st November 2015)
NB: Speakers may have to cancel at the last minute due to photographic demands and work commitments but Wild Shots cannot issue any refunds to delegates in these cases.
Grant Atkinson - CPT
Grant Atkinson is a guide, wildlife photographer and writer. He spent twelve years guiding in Botswana, and this country and its wildlife will always hold a special attraction for him. Grant enjoys all forms of nature photography, from birds and mammals to landscapes and macro. He firmly believes that knowing your subject’s behaviour leads to good results.
On photographic safaris Grant always tries to make use of his experience of animal behaviour to allow him to anticipate events before they actually happen.
Modern camera gear is becoming ever-more effective at helping wildlife photographers take on more difficult subject matter. Grant spends time working with photographic gear so that he can be confident of taking advantage of some of the equipment’s capabilities. Grant shoots a variety of wildlife related subject matter. His images have made the front cover of both Africa Geographic and the US National Geographic Kids magazine. He is a regular contributor of text and images to African Birdlife, Africa Geographic, and Pix magazine.
Andrew Aveley - JHB
"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures. " - Don McCullin
Based in South Africa, Andrew is a passionate and creative photographer with a wide range of diverse images and blog ramblings. His drive and passion for sharing all things photographed is why he strives to inspire and help people find their "little voice" and understand #creatingphotography.
He has received international recognition for his work and now also leads bespoke Wildlife and Landscape adventures all throughout Southern Africa. Andrew also offers specialized workshops for various aspects of Digital Photography
Ona Basimane - JHB
Ona grew up around the Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana. Upon completing school, he joined the Botswana Predator Conservation Programme as a research assistant. He then started his guiding career with &Beyond Botswana in the Okavango Delta. In 2010 he joined Wilderness Safaris when he couldn’t resist the urge to work in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. It was here that he bought his first camera and an interest in wildlife photography began. His work is now regularly published in Peolwane, the Air Botswana in-flight magazine. He is an active contributor to Discover Botswana, an annual publication by the Botswana Tourism Board, showcasing Botswana’s natural heritage.
In 2014, he joined Wilderness Safaris Guide Training team, where he recruits and trains guides for the company. He is also a photography specialist guide and leads tailor-made photography trips across Southern Africa for Wilderness Safaris. Ona’s growing reputation as one of Botswana’s finest guides is an inspiration to his colleagues as well as to young and upcoming guides in the country.
Shem Compion - CPT & JHB
Shem Compion is a naturalist and professional wildlife photographer working throughout Africa. His passion for natural areas and photography has led to a life of travel and creating environmental awareness through his photography. Shem is known for his creative representation of common subjects- leading to a diverse range of subject matter. His images have won national and international awards and his work is published worldwide. He has published five books. Shem owns and runs Africa's largest specialised photo safari company; C4 Photo Safaris which run photo safaris and workshops.
You can see more on of his work at www.shemimages.com
Craig Foster - CPT
Craig has worked for the last 25 years as a professional documentary filmmaker with his brother Damon. Together they have worked in over 20 African countries and on every continent on earth. They have over 50 international awards for their work including the golden panda, the “Oscar” of natural history filmmaking. For years Craig worked and lived with Bushmen hunters and shamans, Zulu traditional healers, Dogon priests and hunter/sorcerers. He lived
the original human lifestyle and was initiated in many African ceremonies. This process broke down some of his traditional western education, creating a huge passion to explore the minds and souls of animals, and how they interact with humans – the human/animal interface. The last decade became dedicated to exploring how sharks respond to human touch, how they enjoy altered states of consciousness. The Fosters pushed the boundaries of human endeavor being the first team to dive with huge Nile crocodiles in their underwater cave systems. They documented the extraordinary crocodile shaman of Limon and the worlds foremost animal communicator, a South African woman. The stories are hard to believe but the footage recorded leaves people stunned and forced to rethink our entire view of the natural world, and how humans fit into it. Craig has always supported his work with photographs and has been working on a “Sea Change” project documenting the beauty of the Cape kelp forests with his camera.
Marcus Jooste - CPT & JHB
Marcus is a creative macro and amateur landscape photographer.
He was born and raised on a farm in Zimbabwe and from an early age developed an interest in nature, particularly butterflies and insects. It was in 2014 that he was inspired to pursue photography more seriously.
His macro photography is primarily of insects, spiders and snails. He makes use of a variety of lenses, lighting set ups, props and mini sets (both in the field and indoors) to bring his creative vision to life.
Marcus currently lives in Cape Town and travels throughout Southern Africa for business – his camera is always close to hand and he strives to tell a story through his images.
Lets Kamogelo - CPT
Lets has been a safari guide in Botswana for over 8 years and he enthuses how it has been a great journey filled with undying passion for nature and photography in all the places he has worked and visited. Lets claims his guiding experience has been instrumental in improving his understanding of animal behavior and hence helping him in better anticipation and patience to get in the right place to take the best photos. Lets has published articles in Discover Botswana and Peolwane Magazine with supporting photographs and was a finalist twice in the Botswana Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Clement Lawrence - CPT
A natural raconteur and entertainer, Clement Lawrence joined Wilderness Safaris in 2006 and is currently the General Manager of the iconic Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp.
Clement began his ecotourism career as a guide and despite being camp bound in his day-to-day work, takes every opportunity to escape to the spectacular desert environment of the surrounding Kaokoveld and Skeleton Coast where he has long attempted to capture the nuance of his habitat on film.
It is in this stark and impressive wilderness of north west Namibia where Clement has spent the better part of the last nine years and where he has got to understand the ways and whims of the Namib – whether the behavior of desert-adapted black rhino and lion, the secrets of the white lady spider and tenebrionid beetles, or simply the majesty of ancient geological formations.
Clement believes that his passion for, and knowledge of, northwest Namibia is the basis for capturing interesting photographs and is what drives him to continue his photographic experimentation.
Michael Lorentz - CPT
Michael Lorentz is passionate about wildlife, the wilderness and elephants in particular. His bush career started in 1985 in the Timbavati Game Reserve, followed by 15 years guiding in the Okavango Delta, several of them as Managing Director of Elephant Back Safaris and Abu Camp.
In 2000 Michael moved back to South Africa, founding Passage to Africa. He still leads privately guided safaris across Africa and was named to the Travel and Leisure 2014 A-List of Top Travel Agents. Michael strives to provide his guests with a real insight into the intricacies of Africa’s wildlife, people, places and experiences. In the words of one guest “Michael does not take you for a walk in the African bush; rather he takes you for a walk with it. Until you have experienced the difference, you won’t know what I am talking about.”
Over the last 3 years Michael has been actively involved in helping African Parks establish Camp
Nomade in Chad’s Zakouma National Park – one of Africa’s least known yet finest photographic safari destinations.
Michael is also a passionate photographer whose award-winning work has been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum and featured in Africa Geographic, Forbes, National Geographic’s Little Book of Thanks and CNN online.
Michael also co-founded Safarious, the global online platform for those both serious and curious about the World’s wild places. Michael lives in Cape Town with his family.
Hougaard Malan - CPT
Hougaard has established himself as a name that is synonymous with landscape photography in South Africa. He has one of the most comprehensive and diverse collections of Southern African scenery, but he is quickly expanding his gallery beyond the shores of Africa. His work shows his understanding for creating images that communicate the essence of a location, instead of just being a pretty picture. He wants his photos to remove the viewer from their present location and transport them to the scene so they can feel the breeze and see the golden light of the setting sun on their skin.
That is the purpose of a landscape photo, to experience the beauty of a place without being there. All adjectives aside, Hougaard is an ambitious down-to-earth person who is thankful to be in a position where he can make a living from travelling and nature photography.
Janaina Matarazzo - JHB
My passion for photography began while studying Design in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2008 I moved to Botswana and started a new life working in wildlife conservation and pursuing my photography. Over time the more I began to understand the challenges of wildlife conservation and the reality of it, the more I wanted to capture and share these challenges with people. I also realised the importance of tourism in protecting and supporting the conservation of the remaining wilderness For me the most important rule while taking photographs in the wilderness is to respect the animals, their habitat and their limits, always trying to capture a real synchronicity with the natural world, without interfering with the environment. Today my work focuses on Fine Art. I hope to inspire people to look at nature and wildlife with love, care and most importantly respect.
Ruth Nussbaum - CPT & JHB
With an innate love for travel and wildlife, Ruth's passion for photography was bound to work hand in hand. Her photographic career began in the form of Fine Art at Rhodes University and has since adapted and taken on new forms during her many travels over the past few years. Naturally, moving to the bush her subject focus shifted to the wildlife around her. Having spent time working in the Sabi Sands, Kalahari and Botswana, Ruth has been able to learn about Africa’s wildlife and all its beauty through the practise of photography.
Now based at Mashatu Game Reserve, Ruth has the privilege of viewing wildlife from the unique perspective of underground hides, and to share her everyday interactions with a greater audience with the aim to spread the vital message of conservation and of course her simple love for nature.
Obie Oberholzer - JHB
For 32 years, Obie Oberholzer has been travelling the dusty roads of Africa. Once, after his country’s independence in 1994, he’d even travelled all the way up to Cairo from Cape Town. That trip took him 9 months. If asked about his own photography, he would merely shrug, smile and then tell you about some funny incident that happened along the road. With love and enthusiasm he has followed his travel dreams across these Happysadlands, reflecting people and places along the way.
Never influenced by photographic styles (mostly imported from North America and Europe), he has stuck to his own brand of visual language, keeping his eyes on the road and the country in his heart.
Bernie Olbrich - JHB
I was one of those blokes who started out in photography with a camera I borrowed from my dad while I was still at school. At that time it was black and white film and lots of darkroom work - real magic! I studied plant ecology, worked in forestry research at the CSIR and attained a PhD- but then gravitated back to my passion for photography. It was obvious that the advent of the internet presented a heap of new opportunities. I was fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with the guys who started Africam, and we became one of the first specialist African online Image Libraries in the late 90's – originally called Wildfocus, and later AfriPics.
At that stage I naively imagined that we could sustain a business on about 2000 quality wildlife images. I quickly realized that more was needed and we now sell an archive of over 60 million images from a number of international collections covering a plethora of subjects. We have built our own collection of premium quality African images through the loyal support of a suite of Africa’s top photographers. I am continuously inspired by the fantastic imagery which crosses my desk on a daily basis!
Chris Roche - CPT & JHB
Currently Chief Marketing Officer at Wilderness Safaris, Chris Roche started out in the ecotourism industry as a guide in the mid-1990s. For the past decade he has been employed by Wilderness Safaris in various guises ranging from communications to conservation to marketing.
He has travelled widely in Africa (more than 20 countries in west, central, east and southern Africa and its associated islands), and is passionate about the role the ecotourism industry plays in conservation.
He believes firmly that it is a moral and ethical obligation for ecotourism businesses to ensure that their impact on the areas and people where they work is positive and far-reaching and he is determined to drive an expansion of the industry and its positive impacts from the savannah into even more threatened and less-visited biomes like the rainforest and Sahara.
He is not a photographer himself but it is in the above context that he believes wildlife photography is so powerful and where we all have a responsibility to use this medium for good … both in terms of the ethics and behaviour of the photographer, as well as what they portray and where their portrayal is shared.
Jan and Jay Roode - JHB
As one of only a handful of aerial photographers in the world, husband and wife team Jan and Jay Roode show an undeniable passion for capturing nature’s magnificence from above.
Having flown over 50 000 nautical miles over the extraordinary and geographically diverse landscapes of Southern Africa, the Skyhawk collection of images is a result of an epic search in a light aircraft to capture images of life sewn into the tapestry of unimaginable landscape.
Inspired by the adventure of life and with a deep reverence for freedom and spirit they try to capture images that invoke an emotional and spiritual response to the wonders of this world.
Through partnering with conservation organizations Skyhawk’s imagery is being used to make positive change happen at grass roots level where it is often needed most. Their astounding aerial images are not only used for awareness raising and to inspire individuals to take action, but to create alternate livelihoods and sustainable incomes for communities and the conservation projects relevant to them
Karin Schermbrucker spends most of her time traveling the African continent, committed to take photographs that change people’s perspectives and open eyes.
After many years she remains passionate about taking pictures that reflect something bigger than herself. “I see my camera as a bridge, which has the capacity to cross the divide that sometimes exists between people of different cultures, classes, languages and beliefs and I have had my eyes opened in the process…”
Karin works consistently with many UN organisations, NGO’s and and anyone that shares her passion to give a voice to the voiceless. Her long unpronounceable surname is frequently seen next to her photos across many publications including Wild Travel Magazine, Getaway, Bicycling, Runner’s World, and Ride. She has put her gear and body on the line as the photographer on the Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race, The PnP Argus Cycle tour, the Two Oceans and many multi stage races.
In 2006, Karin published the book Miles Ahead, which was both locally and internationally distributed, and told the photographic journey of Barclays/UNICEF community development projects through Africa and Europe. She was also one of the main photographing contributors to “The Guts and the Glory” – a book documenting the Cape Epic from its beginning.
In 2010 she won a photographic Merit Award in the SAB Environmental Media Awards for a Game Capture story she shot for Wild magazine.
In 2009, she set up Photography for Change as a platform that uses photography to help children in challenging circumstances to realize once again who they are and what they are capable of. “Giving a child a camera, is like giving an explorer a compass, who knows what lands they will discover!”
Nicky Silberbauer - CPT
icky Silberbauer grew up in Cape Town, graduating from the Academy of Design and Photography in Stellenbosch where she specialized in wildlife photography. Following this Nicky moved to the bush where for eight years she worked as a full-time guide, operating from some of South Africa’s première lodges including Singita, Tswalu and AndBeyond.
Life in the bush furnished Nicky not only with her field guide qualifications but also a knowledge and understanding of the wildlife she loves to photograph. To her, Nicky’s photography and guiding is much more than a career; it is a way for her to channel her passion for Africa and to share the beauty of Africa’s wild places with others, hopefully contributing to the continued existence of those wild lands.
Nicky moved on from her full-time bush life a few years ago and now runs intimate, privately guided trips both to Africa’s wild and iconic destinations and to destinations overseas. 2013 saw Nicky leading a five-month overland adventure throughout southern Africa, during which she got to know the ‘Dark Continent’ personally. Later that year, in search of something a little different, she found herself guiding on an expeditionary vessel in the Antarctic. Now, in 2015, one of her most recent adventures has seen Nicky living for 3 months in rural Rajasthan, India, helping to develop a new lodge surrounded by majestic granite koppies which support what seems to be the densest populations of leopards on earth!
Nicky is an adventurer at heart but her deepest passion lies in conservation. She aims to use her photography as a tool, inspiring people with the world around us and bringing the beauty of the natural world into sharper focus. Images are a potent tool for opening people’s eyes to the importance of wildness in our world.
Graham Springer - CPT & JHB
Graham Springer is a South African photographic artist whose work focuses predominantly on the African wilderness and wildlife. He has garnered critical acclaim for his distinctive style and uniquely creative take on the wildlife genre. He photographs for the exclusive purpose of producing large format prints and has held several solo exhibitions. His work, printed in his private studio is sold world-wide.
Born in Zimbabwe in 1976, Springer began photographing at the age of 12 when his parents gave him an old SLR camera to use. After graduating from the University of Cape Town, he began working as a field guide in Limpopo province, South Africa. Moving to Botswana in 2002, he managed remote safari camps and guided horseback safaris in the Okavango Delta before working in wildlife documentary film production for nine years. During this time he worked extensively on producing images for his first collection of prints. His first book, “Homage”, published in 2015, showcases a selection from this collection of images.
Based in Cape Town, Graham now works solely as a photographic artist, travelling into Africa and generating images for new collections of work.
Steve Stockall - JHB
Steve began his career as a specialist photographic guide in Botswana 16 years ago. After publishing his first book Earth Ark – A Photographic Safari through northern Botswana, he went on to co-write Wildlife Photography in Botswana – A practical guide with James Gifford. Steve’s next major accomplishment was in 2012 when he co-founded Cameras for Conservation, an organization showcasing photographers and artists in Botswana as well as promoting conservation of the wilderness.
He knew that by using the images submitted for their annual competition they could educate, build awareness and promote change for the future of our planet. “Through photography we can express both a gratitude for the wilderness that remains and a hope that others will join in celebrating efforts of conservation and compassion for the wild.”
Gerhard 'Guts' Swanepoel - CPT
Guts has been running guided photo safaris around Southern Africa since 2002 and in that time has managed to cover a staggering 1.2 million kilometers in his incredibly trustworthy yellow Land Rover. That experience combined with a degree in Adventure Tourism and a stint in the South African army’s elite photo reconnaissance unit has positioned Guts as one of the most sought after guides of his generation. Guts is based in Kasane in the Chobe region on a permanent basis and is responsible for all operations and guiding activities for Pangolin Photo Safaris.
His boundless enthusiasm for the African bush and his easygoing teaching style mean that his guests return time and time again.
Heinrich van den Berg - JHB
South Africa based photographer, Heinrich van den Berg specializes in nature, environmental and travel photography. He has spent many years in the field, capturing images of African wildlife and the natural beauty of the continent. He has won numerous international photographic awards and his photographs grace numerous books, calendars, magazine portfolios and photographic products worldwide.
Van den Berg’s photographs are known for breaking boundaries and depicting the natural world in a fresh and evocative way. Although he specializes in environmental photography, Van den Berg has a gift for photographing the charm and idiosyncrasies of people in their natural environment. He has photographed and published more than 20 highly acclaimed photographic books and is intimately involved with the reproduction and printing process – from the colour correction to the design and final production of his sought-after wildlife books. He is the founder of the publishing company HPH Publishing.
Gerry van der Walt - CPT & JHB
Passion, energy and enthusiasm is one thing but apart from that I feel that everything I have done in my life has prepared me to create incredible wildlife and photography experiences for people I travel with.
A unique combination of qualifications ranging from a degree in Sport Psychology to FGASA trails guide and photographic diplomas combined with work experiences which includes lodge management, field guiding, fitness education and competitive international gymnastics means that you are in for a fun, educational and once of a lifetime experience when we head out into the field together or when you attend a presentation or course.
Travel, photography and teaching. These are my passions and what I would like to share with you!
Riaan Vermeulen - CPT
Riaan is the Art Director of Wild magazine, amongst others, and has spent the past 10 years designing and directing various local and international customer and consumer magazines. He was art director for Weg/Go! before moving to Wild five years ago. He has considered millions of images for publication and has the difficult task of selecting the few that will make it into each issue. He’s passionate about print and loves crafting pages that tell interesting stories. A keen photographer himself, he uses a trustworthy 10.3 megapixel Sony R1.
Perhaps an odd choice – but when you shoot RAW anything is possible. He can’t wait for the iPhone app that will allow him to shoot RAWs with his phone. He has fond memories (and scars) of trying to get black and white film from a Pentax K1000 onto reels for development. http://www.wildcard.co.za/wild_magazine.htm
Wim Vorster - CPT & JHB
After completing his National diploma in Nature Conservation at the Tshwane University of Technology and research at in the Natal midlands, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and the National Zoological gardens of South Africa, Wim studied the secretive brown hyaena for his Nature Conservation degree. Subsequently working as a field guide at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Wim was further promoted as Head ranger at Earth Lodge. During his time at Sabi Sabi Wim discovered a true passion for
predators & wildlife photography. As a well qualified and experienced safari guide and wildlife photographer Wim started doing freelance photographic safari’s to various wilderness destinations in southern Africa.
With a great love for wildlife films & documentaries he decided to follow his dream and enrolled in the NHU Africa’s ‘Wildlife Filmmaking’ course that was held in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Shortly after completing the film course he was sent to Tswalu Kalahari Reserve to film a family of meerkats in 3D for WildEarth.TV
Now Wim combines his passion for wildlife photography with his wildlife cameraman career at Aquavision TV productions, filming mostly in 4K and slow motion in various wilderness areas in southern Africa.
Allen Walker - JHB
I fell in love with underwater photography because of its essence, difficulty and pure rawness, which allows the photographer the freedom to paint his canvas and create fine art that tells a story. Underwater photography is most probably the truest form of wildlife photography that any photographer can experience. The underwater photographer is extremely limited by equipment and fully exposed to nature and its elements in every conceivable way, no hides, 4×4’s, barriers etc. The studio is a moving, changing and all encompassing live canvas. It has texture and substance that can be touched and felt, very unlike air. The medium constantly changing and it has many limitations e.g. time, movement, density, light etc. making it a very demanding, yet stimulating to work in, taking it to the next level is a constant goal and I love the challenge to “get the shot”!
Art Wolfe - CPT
Over the course of his 30-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world's fast disappearing wildlife, landscapes and native cultures, and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. Wolfe’s photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective.By employing artistic and journalistic styles, he documents his subjects and educates the
viewer. His unique approach to nature photography is based on his training in the arts and his love of the environment. His goal is to win support for conservation issues by “focusing on what’s beautiful on the Earth.” Wolfe has taken an estimated one million images in his lifetime and has released over sixty books, including the award-winning Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, and The Art of Photographing Nature.
Kim Wolhuter - JHB
Based on Malilangwe Reserve in Zimbabwe, Kim Wolhuter lives out his passion and is driven
by filmmaking and photography to create an international awareness on wildlife and
conservation issues. Kim was born into a family of wildlife rangers: both his father and
grandfather worked in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. His Grandfather became a legend
after killing an adult male lion with his knife after it dragged him from his horse.
Permanently in the field, Kim spends long periods of time getting up close and personal with his subjects. Over time they come to totally accept his company. What he then documents is purely natural behaviour, completely unaffected by his presence. These up close and intimate encounters are a trademark of his work through which he creates an awareness for Africa’s wildlife, and more specifically endangered species. Kim’s films and photographs have garnered many awards, including several Emmy Awards. His work has been broadcast and published mainly with National Geographic. www.kimwolhuter.com