I was born in Nyamandlouvu, 100 miles west of the historic city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Growing up on a farm I spent most of my time with old African folk which gave me an insight into many cultural backgrounds. I gained invaluable knowledge and a passion grew for my surroundings and the wilderness.
During my high school years, I attended an old, military-type boarding school; Plumtree, which is based near the borders of Botswana/ Zimbabwe. My love for the bush grew by spending time bird watching, hunting, fishing, camping and exploring the surrounding areas. After completing my studies I went straight into the safari industry and started working as a trainee safari guide with Touch the Wild in the Gwaayi Valley on the outer perimeters of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. As well as working with some of the best wildlife experts in the industry, I also spent time white-water rafting and kayaking on the Zambezi River.
I went on to guide at Wilderness Safaris, The Hide and various National Parks all over Southern Africa including Hwange, Kalahari, Savuti and Moremi. In 1999 I was awarded my full Professional Guides Licence.
I have travelled extensively throughout Africa and am a very keen photographer; some of my photos have been published in well-known travel and outdoor magazines such as Getaway, Outdoor Photographer and Africa Geographic to name a few. My speciality was in tailor-made safaris, and guiding small select groups and families through Africa’s most remote places, whether it be Botswana’s famous National Parks, Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, or down the wild Zambezi on walking and canoeing safaris. My passion and excitement for Africa’s bush and its wildlife is contagious and rubs off on all that travel with me in search of an authentic African experience.
In 2007 I made a permanent move to the UK. My love of photography has developed and I have adapted to what now surrounds me. In 2012 I qualified from the Photography Institute with an Honours Diploma. In 2014, I was awarded a photographic distinction from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) for my work of which I am very proud. I have been selected to exhibit in numerous PAGB exhibitions and I have also received medals from the Surrey Photographic Association (SPA).
After being awarded the DPAGB, I was invited to become a judge for the Surrey Photographic Association. I now live in North Wales and am a judge and lecturer for the North Wales Photographic Association (NWPA). I am often invited back to judge or to give one of my unique and informative talks on Africa.
As you browse through the different albums, I’m sure you will see that whatever I am photographing, my passion and style always shines through.
Qualified from The Photography Institute with Honours Diploma 2012
Obtained a DPAGB from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.
SURREY PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSOCIATION:
Judges 2014, 2015 Nature
Judges Award 2014 Nature Print
Individual Nature PDI winner 2014, 2015
Individual Award for the Interclub PDI Championship 2011, 2013, 2014 Gold Medallion