Brent Stirton - (US/SA)
Brent Stirton is a South African Photographer with an extensive history in the documentary world. Brent’s work has been published by: National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The UK Sunday Times Magazine and many other respected international titles.
He has worked for WWF, CNN, the Ford, Clinton and Gates Foundations, the Nike Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Brent also shoots regular reports for Human Rights Watch. He has done numerous commercial assignments including annual reports for Novartis.
Brent was elected a member of the Young Global Leaders, an affiliate program of the World Economic Forum, in 2008. He is also a Canon Ambassador, one of 12 photographers representing Canon photography.
Brent has received 9 awards from World Press Photo and 10 awards from The Pictures of the Year Internationalcontest. Brent has received multiple Lucie Awards including International photographer of the Year. He has received multiple awards from the Overseas Press Club, The Webbys, The Association of International Broadcasters, the HIPA Awards, the Frontline Club, the Deadline Club, Days Japan, China International Photo Awards, the Lead Awards Germany, Graphis, Communication Arts, American Photography, American Photo and the American Society of Publication Designers as well as the London Association of Photographers.
Brent has been recognized by the United Nations for his work on the Environment and in the field of HIV/AIDS. He has won the Visa D’or at the Visa Pour L’ image Festival in France for Magazine photography. He also won the National Magazine Award for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for National Geographic Magazine. In 2016 Brent won the National Geographic Magazine Photographer’s Photographer Award. Brent guided a documentary on Virunga National Park in Conflict for National Geographic Television as well as appearing in the show. The documentary won the Emmy for Best Documentary Feature as well as a Bafta Award for Best Documentary. Brent received a Peabody Award for his work with Human Rights Watch for most significant work in an electronic medium. He was named Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year three years in a row by the Natural History Museum of the UK. Brent’s work has appeared in numerous print shows around the world and his images are in a number of museum collections. Brent currently spends most of his time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic Magazine. He remains committed to issues relating to wildlife and conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.
Marcus Jooste (SA)
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Marcus Jooste has travelled thought Southern Africa both for business and photography, he now lives between Lusaka, Zambia and Cape Town.
His work and award winning images have been featured in publications such as Go/Weg, Getaway, Sunday Times, Wild Card, Nikon Germany, along with many other media platforms.
He is a past finalist of the Getaway photographic competition and a speaker at the International Wild Shots Photographic Symposium.
His photography covers a wide genre, however he is best known for high magnification macro work, insect photography, living landscapes and the adventures of Vincent the snail.
Britta Jaschinski (Germany)
German photographer Britta Jaschinski has won numerous international awards for her unique style of photojournalism. Jaschinski is devoted to documenting the fractured existence of wildlife, which suffers in the name of entertainment, status, greed and superstition. Her stories investigate the relationship we have with animals and highlights what we risk to lose. Her photos are troubling, unsettling, sometimes hard-hitting and yet beautiful.
Her latest series is CRIMES, examining the question ‘Wildlife Or Commodity? For the past year she has documented wildlife items at borders and airports that people try to smuggle across the globe. The image CONFISCATED has been published worldwide and won her the title of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017. She is the co-founder of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™ - an international group of award winning photographers who have joined forces to use their powerful and iconic images to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade. www.brittaphotography.com
Hannes Lochner (SA)
Hannes Lochner is an internationally awarded photographer who has been photographing wildlife professionally since 2007. Hannes has produced four magnificent photographic books, three of which were dedicated entirely to the Kalahari. To achieve this, he lived in the Kalahari for five years, where he spent hundreds of hours capturing inspiring images of this captivating landscape and its enigmatic inhabitants. He now brings his dedicated approach and creative talents to Botswana’s Okavango Delta in Planet Okavango, having lived there for two and a half years and committing his every waking moment to his photography. Hannes has been recognised internationally, receiving several awards over the years. www.planetokavangobook.co.za
Staffan Widstrand (Sweden)
Managing Director and part owner of Wild Wonders International AB
Co-Founder of: Wild Wonders of Europe, Wild Wonders of China, International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), Rewilding Europe and the Swedish Ecotourism Association. Partner in photo travel agency Wild Nature Photo Adventures. National Geographic Explorer. Nikon Ambassador since 1997.
A multi-award-winning professional photographer (11 awards in Wildlife Photographer of the Year). Author of 18 books in 9 languages. Judge in leading photo competitions, incl. “World Press” and “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”. Called one of the “World’s most influential nature photographers” by Outdoor Photography magazine.
www.staffanwidstrand.se / www.wild-wonders.com / www.rewildingeurope.com / www.wildwondersofchina.com
Dennis Smith (Botswana)
Dennis Smith was born in Maun, the gateway to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Growing up with an innate love of wildlife and wild places, it was only natural that Dennis completed a BA in Conservation Tourism and Sustainable Development from North-West University, Mafikeng Campus in South Africa.
Dennis joined the Chitabe guiding team in January 2018, having worked in other Wilderness Safaris Okavango Delta camps including Little Vumbura in the Kwedi Concession, Xigera in the Moremi Game Reserve and Kwetsani in the Jao Concession.
He also spent a year in America working for Walt Disney World at the Animal Kingdom Lodge as a savannah guide.
A keen photographer, Dennis loves travelling, swimming, fishing – but and most of all he loves heading out for a spot of bird-watching. A happily-married family man, Dennis has three children – two girls and a boy.
Jonathon Chritchley (UK/France)
Jonathan Chritchley is one of the foremost fine art photographers in the world today. His instantly recognisable work is seen around the world in exhibitions, galleries, magazines and books, and form part of many fine art collections internationally. His regular clients include Ralph Lauren, Hilton International, Fortuny and P&O Luxury Cruises. Jonathan is the founder and owner of Capture Earth and Ocean Capture, two companies specialising in luxury photography workshops & tours. Born and educated in London, Jonathan gave up a successful career as a marketing and brand director to move to the south of France in order to return to his true passion; fine art photography. He has now worked in over 35 countries, including Japan, China, South America, Greenland and South Africa. www.jonathanchritchley.com
Edwin Morolong (Botswana)
Edwin is a creative and passionate self- taught photographer who is based in Maun, Botswana. He specialises in landscape and portraits types of photography creating narrative and inspiring photographs that have been used in print and electronic media, canvas prints as well as tracing paper prints mostly about Botswana’s culture, people, wildlife, landscapes and landmarks.
His timeless photographs are inspired by his love of travelling and reading and the need to tell Botswana’ story through photography as well as promote local tourism among the locals. Edwin’s work is also inspired by the local photographer, blogger, writer and traveller, Thalefang Charles who has travelled extensively across Botswana and internationally and has recently published a book called ‘Botswana’ Top 50 Ultimate Experiences’.
Edwin Morolong has exhibited his work at the Maun Hospitality and Trade Expo where he scooped Position One for the Best Overall Exhibitor. He has also exhibited at the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa Conference hosted by the Botswana Node in Maun, 2017.
He has done photography works for CEDA (Serowe District Show: 2015- 2016), The National Mascom Derby, Orange Togetherness Music Festival, Debswana Bicycle Challenge as well as the Boteti Mine’s General Manager Cycling Challenge and commissioned photographer for the Otjigirine Cultural Festival for the Ovambanderu from 2008 to 2015. His most remarkable career highlight was covering the Race for Rhinos in 2016 in Makgadikgadi, Lekhubu/Kubu Island for Gaing’O Community Trust, where he rubbed shoulders with international aviation photographers.
He can be followed on Facebook as Pero Photography BW, Instagram as perophotographybw and contacted at +267 72933237 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter and Beverly Pickford (SA)
Peter & Beverly Pickford are inveterate travellers and committed conservations with more than 35 years’ experience as wildlife photographers living in the wilderness. They have published 9 books including the critically acclaimed Wilderness Dawning in 1987 and Forever Africa in 2004 as well as the bestselling The Miracle Rivers: The Okavango and The Chobe of Botswana in 1999. Wild Land will be their 10th book.
Their work has been recognised by numerous awards including the Agfa Wildlife Photographer of the Year, The Kodak Black and White Photographer of the year, several times Highly Commended in the BBC Wildlife Photography awards and Gold Medal Winners for photography, New York Film and Television Awards.
Peter and Beverly are two passionate Africans and their written work has been quoted by Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and General Ian Khama of Botswana, who have hailed them as “The Authentic Voice of Africa”. www.wildlandphoto.com / www.pickfordwildlifephotography.com
Allen Walker (SA)
Allen 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 underwater “studio” is a moving, changing and an 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 Allen loves the challenge to “get the shot”!
Allen tries to highlight the beauty of the ocean and the need for its conservation by using his skills – photography, to show the animals that people fear and kill in a different light, to create beauty, to create compassion and more importantly to show human interaction with these magnificent animals so that there is a sense of connection by the viewer.
Mike Kendrick (UK/SA)
Mike’s background is in education, working in disadvantaged communities. He moved from the UK to South Africa in 2011 where he managed a Second Chance Matric Centre on the Cape Flats, was Director of the NPO Taurus Schools Solutions, and founded an International Academy in the Northern Cape. After moving to Hoedspruit, he founded Wild Shots Outreach in 2015 to engage government school children in nature and conservation, and to encourage and inspire young South African photographers of the future. www.wildshotsoutreach.org
David Gulden (USA / Kenya)
Known for his evocative black and white images of wildlife, this New York native has spent the past two decades photographing primarily in Kenya. David s the author of the acclaimed black and white photography book ’The Centre Cannot Hold’ (2012). He has come to understand that his endeavour is more than one to create appealing artworks, but instead to create a document of the declining landscape of all the precious creatures that live there. His next book will be published in 2019. David is married with two daughters; the family splits their time New York and Kenya.
Andre Cloete (SA)
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 given 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