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.
Jon Bryant (UK)
Jon Bryant is a wildlife, nature and landscape photographer. After many years of experience as a videographer Jon was an early adopter of the new generation of mirrorless hybrid stills/video cameras. It is with these cameras that Jon developed his passion for stills photograph and specifically wildlife photography. Originally from the UK, but based in Belgium, Jon regularly travels to Southern Africa to some of the world’s most renowned game reserves on his quest to capture and document wildlife and natural history. His work has been featured in a number of leading wildlife publications. Jon is an ambassador for Panasonic Lumix.
Shem 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 four books. Shem also owns and runs a specialised photo safari company; www.c4images-safaris.co.za which run photo safaris and workshops. www.shemimages.com.
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.
He will be speaking about “The road Lets Travelled” – his photographic journey, his inspirational career and his desire to motivate young people who want to pursue a career in nature photography.
Mike’s background is in education, specifically working with disadvantaged students. After moving to South Africa in 2011 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. In recent years he’s become more involved in wildlife photography and has been published both nationally and internationally. He founded Wild Shots Educational Outreach to engage government school children with nature and conservation, and to encourage and inspire young South African photographers of the future. www.wildshotsevent.com/outreach/
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. www.jamesgifford.co.uk
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. www.jennyhishin.com
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.
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.
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. www.samreinders.com
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.margotraggettphotography.com www.rememberingelephants.com / www.rememberingrhinos.com
Brandon de Kock
Brandon has been telling stories with words, pictures and microphones for the past 25 years. As a writer and photographer, he’s had too much to eat and drink on all seven continents, mastered the dark art of editing (anything really) and played the role of creative director for RamsayMedia, publishers of Getaway, CAR and other special interest titles. In 2013, he was appointed to the curatorial panel for the Cape Town World Design Capital 2013 program and, together with his partner Nikki, released his first cook book - Cook. Better. When he’s not travelling or telling stories, he’s a partner in and creative director of a research business called WhyFive Strategic Insights.