November 2015 – Wilderness Safaris is delighted to have once again been a sponsor of the innovative annual Wild Shots photography symposium held in Cape Town and Johannesburg on 24 October and 21 November respectively.
Wild Shots launched in 2012 and is the first centralised wildlife photography conference in South Africa, bringing together both professional and amateur photographers, as well as nature enthusiasts, to learn from and be inspired by the best in the business.
Wilderness Safaris’ wildlife expert and Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Roche, spoke at both events about the importance of responsible wildlife photography. “Wilderness Safaris operates in some of Africa’s most pristine, untouched wilderness areas, offering the most extraordinary photographic encounters. We are therefore proud sponsors of Wild Shots which aims to explore the power of nature photography and its subsequent promotion of Africa’s biodiversity to a larger public”, he said.
Other speakers at the events included renowned talents such as Kim Wolhuter and Obie Oberholzer, as well as Wilderness Safaris Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp GM, Clement Lawrence, and Onalethata Basimane, Guide Trainer in Botswana, two of the top in-house exponents of wildlife photography. Clement and Ona – by the very nature of their jobs – are blessed with enviable locations and exposure to fantastic wildlife and presented not only their top selection of images taken over the past year, but also detailed insights as to how to obtain similar shots, whether through understanding animal behaviour, or travelling at particular times of the year.
Wilderness Safaris operates in diverse habitats, including savannah, rainforest, desert and ocean, offering some of the most sought-after wildlife photographic opportunities. Expertly trained guides share the wonders of these pristine wilderness areas with guests at all levels of photographic expertise, positioning the safari vehicles carefully to allow for optimum lighting and offering helpful hints and advise when required.
Adds Roche, “Photography is fast becoming an art form for travellers who are keen to share their experiences in the digital space. Our Wilderness Safaris Blog is a wonderful channel for developing talents to share safari experiences. We strongly believe that nature photography is a medium that encourages responsible conservation practices. We are proud to be ongoing supporters of this event and hope it inspires more responsible photographic journeys”.