Wild Shots Speakers 2017

Speakers 2017

Brian Skerry

  • Brian is a National Geographic photojournalist specialising in marine wildlife and underwater environments. In 2014 he was named a National Geographic Photography Fellow and in 2015 a Nikon Ambassador. His uniquely creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and their inhabitants. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater in the last 30 years. He is currently at work on his 26th feature story for NGM. In 2010 NGM named one of Brian’s images among their 50 greatest photographs of all time.

Jacques Marais

  • Jacques is a professional photographer and author who regularly contributes to a wide selection of premium adventure, travel and outdoor magazines, both in South Africa and abroad. He shoots global extreme events, covering disciplines as diverse as Trail Running, Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Wilderness Expeditioning. Jacques is a Sony Ambasssador in South Africa and recent honours include both a Gold and Silver Award in the respected SONY Profoto Awards. His company Jacque Marais Media also coordinates media- & marketing projects for premium adventure sport companies and their related global brands, with a client list including Merrell, Silverback, Land Rover, CapeStorm, Re-Hidrate, Red Bull and Maserati.

James Gifford (UK / Botswana)

Originally from the UK, James has spent the last decade living in Botswana, photographing for editorial features, running specialist photographic safaris and conducting commercial photographic and video shoots. His images have appeared in numerous publications and have won both national and international awards. His first book, Wildlife Photography in Botswana was published in 2010. James’s fascination with Savute began with the resurgence of its channel and he soon realised that the bewildering environment and incredible tales of its wildlife would form an enthralling story that the world deserved to hear. The resulting book, Savute: Botswana’s Wildlife Kingdom, was published in May 2017, the product of two years spent in the field. 

Jenny Hishin

Jenny is a wildlife photographer, writer and guide who has enjoyed over 10 years working in southern Africa's conservation industry. After a career in advertising she followed her heart into the wilderness and became a guide with the world-renowned safari group, Singita. It's here in the bush that she found her home as a storyteller, be it with words or pictures. She’s particularly interested in animal behaviour and the similarities and differences between species, including ourselves. She’s also a stickler for the highest ethics when photographing wildlife. Jenny’s photographic style is borne from her appreciation of art and awe of the natural world. She’s been fortunate enough to have her work displayed and published internationally. She’s focused on her future as a photographic artist and photojournalist for Africa's wild places and spaces.

Marius Coetzee

  • Marius Coetzee is a professional Photo Tour Leader and award-winning wildlife photographer. 
    He is CEO of ORYX – Worldwide Photographic Expeditions, a company he co-founded with Adam Riley. His photos have graced the covers and pages of many premier publications and during his 18 years in the industry, he has guided Photo Tours in 17 destinations on 5 continents, after cutting his teeth in the luxury game lodge business in South Africa. 
    His unique style synthesises extensive photographic knowledge, artistic flair and love for the creatures he photographs, rounded off by a sense of humour and which in combination, have made him one of the most sought-after modern photographic guides. 

Peter Chadwick 

  • As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has over 30 years of conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. This experience has been gained through the direct management of large public and private terrestrial protected areas, marine protected areas, world heritage sites, transfrontier parks and biosphere reserves. Peter’s conservation photojournalism is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter believes that through a photograph we have the ability to capture a moment of time, that if correctly composed can positively influence the way that we respond, think and act. He aims to take compelling and ethical images that communicate the key values of the environment, showcasing its benefits and highlighting the need for the protection of our fragile earth.

Mark Dumbleton

  • Driven by a passion to capture unique moments, fleeting light, breath-taking landscapes and fulfilling the desire to explore the wilderness areas of Africa, Mark endeavours to evoke an emotion through his photography and portray the essence of a beautiful continent he calls home. Born with an appreciation for the outdoors, he thrives on photographic exploration in search of unique photographic perspectives. Mark is a landscape and wildlife photographer from Johannesburg in South Africa, and his photography includes imagery from mainly southern Africa but also from the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Samantha Reinders

Sam Reinders is a photojournalist who shoots anything from travel to turmoil. She has a Masters in Visual Communication from Ohio University. She returned to her beloved South Africa in 2005 and since then has freelanced for clients as varied as The New York Times, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Weg magazine – where she was the Photo Editor for four years. 
She’s passionate about story telling, teaching and The Karoo.

Margot Raggett

  • Margot Raggett is an award winning wildlife photographer, spending three months a year in Africa. In 2015 she founded the “Remembering Elephants” project, a ‘Live Aid’ moment for wildlife photographers, coming together for a fund-raising book on elephants. This has so far raised over £130,000 donated to African anti-poaching efforts via The Born Free Foundation. She is now doing the same for “Remembering Rhinos”, launching in October 2017.
www.rememberingelephants.com / www.rememberingrhinos.com

Andre Cloete

  • Andre grew up in the African bush with literally one hand on his binoculars and the other hand on the camera. An avid birdwatcher at that age, he was hiven his first SLR in 1990. The passion of birding turned into one of photography and in 2004 Andre founded C4 Images and Safaris with Shem Compion.
www.andrecloete.com / www.c4photosafaris.com