Photograph with BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Greg du Toit - August 2015
Greg du Toit – Guest Photographer
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Before you read further, take a moment to view this short National Geographic film. Go full screen, in HD and increase the volume. To view, click: GREG DU TOIT
In a world populated with excellent wildlife and nature photographers, some stand a little to the side quietly adhering to their own views of life and possessing an individual and distinctive style. When their images appear in “sold out” exhibitions in the National Geographic Society, London, in Sydney, Singapore and in Connecticut, people start to take notice.
Meet Greg du Toit – naturalist, 8th generation African and fine art wildlife photographer.
With five highly commended awards in the last six years and being an overall winner in the BBC wildlife competition – all images in the fine art mould, Greg’s photography is recognised as being distinctive and refined, much like the person.
In 2013 Greg was the overall winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award with the above image, “Essence of Elephants”. This is the most coveted wildlife photography award in the world and Greg captured this image from the underground hide at Mashatu Game Reserve, in Botswana.
A primary focus of this exceptional photographic journey is a return to the same underground hide with Greg, as your personal tutor and field guide.
Greg’s speciality is finding the exclusive, the outstanding and the best subjects, for you to photograph. Predators are another of his specialities. Photographing them in a new light conveying primitive energy and vibrant colours is yet another. His photography conveys intimate interactions with the natural world and this intimacy with his subjects has become his signature style. African wildlife is his forte and his preferred genre is fine art wildlife photography, which has brought him his international acclaim.
His solo exhibition, ‘Africa’, sold out in its first month and was extended. The London gallery hosted an unprecedented 40,000 visitors per day. His image ‘Crossing Frenzy’ toured the world as part of the 2009 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, while another image ‘Black Rhino Forest’ received a Gerald Durrell Endangered Wildlife Award in the 2010 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Beyond the awards, Greg has undertaken numerous inimitable projects (generally alone) documenting Africa’s wildlife:
- Three-months camping in the remote north of Kenya, living alongside and photographing the local Samburu tribesmen.
- Several months photographing the remote region of Kenya’s southern rift valley, home to the traditional Loodokilani clan of the Maasai tribe.
- Photographing the remote shores of Africa’s most inhospitable lake – Lake Natron, on the borders of Kenya and Tanzania; home to the largest breeding ground for Lesser Flamingo in the world. His photography documenting the shores of Lake Natron, led to the Africa Geographic cover story: ‘Living on the Edge’.
- Four months photographing nomadic free-ranging lion, which eke out a precarious existence beyond the designated park or reserve boundaries in Kenya. He was one of the first photographers to capture images of these wild and elusive creatures – leading to the article ‘A Waiting Game’ published in BBC Wildlife magazine.
- A total of twenty-two months in the deep south of Tanzania documenting one of Africa’s largest and truly wild wildernesses. This project resulted in the first ever published photographic portfolio representing Ruaha National Park, in Africa Geographic.
- A photographic expedition trekking with local Maasai guides and pack mules over the wall of the Great Rift Valley, walking from the Masai Mara to Lake Natron.
- A commission by BBC Wildlife magazine to assemble a groundbreaking portfolio on African leopards. This project lasted three years during which he spent over 600 hours in the field photographing wild leopards. The goal of the project was to photograph leopard in the pitch dark of the African night and in a world first, his 13 page portfolio was published in the Oct 2012 issue of BBC Wildlife magazine.
If the idea of Greg teaching you how to capture a collection of compelling fine art images of Africa’s large mammals, it’s predators and adorable meerkats, this photographic journey and the integral photography seminar by Greg, may just be for you.
The number of participants is confined to a maximum of ten. To ensure optimum photography from the hide we confine the number of photographers to five in every session.
Places will be allocated on the basis of receipt of the completed Registration Form together with payment of the initial deposit and a copy of the mandatory travel insurance policy.
The photographic journey and seminar are suitable for participants of all levels of photographic expertise and is an experience that a non-photographing spouse or travel partner will thoroughly enjoy.
“Everything in Africa bites, but the photographic journey bug is the worst of all”. [Denis Glennon AO]
Mashatu & Its Unique Hides, Photography Seminar, Tswalu & Its Magical Meerkats
This photographic journey shares an intimate view of two very special spots in Africa with the private time of one of its top wildlife photographers.
The two locations selected are top-end lodges, ensuring you will relax and enjoy your stay after a day’s photography. Selected South African wine will travel with you to accompany the fine cuisine you will enjoy at both lodges.
Mashatu & Its Unique Hides
Mashatu Private Game Reserve offers scintillating wildlife and its unique photo hides offer very special photographic opportunities.
Full details of all hides are provided in the accompanying PDF. To download this PDF click on the DOWNLOAD ITINERARY button in the sidebar; you can print a copy if you wish.
In addition to teaching you in the field, Greg will present a half day photography seminar at Mashatu – sharing with you how he creates his signature fine art wildlife images.
Details of the content of the presentations are included in the PDF mentioned above.
You will be taught how to conceive and photograph compelling and powerful images by Greg.
Tswalu Luxury & Its Magical Meerkats
Tswalu Private Lodge in the Kalahari Desert provides a completely different perspective for photographers – that of elusive and endangered species such as aardvark and desert black rhino. But it is the meerkats of Tswalu that makes it such a special place. Once you have spent an early morning or late afternoon lying flat on the desert soil photographing these enigmatic characters you will realise why they have become the most loved animals in Africa. You will also experience their personality entering your very soul as they quizzically peer into your lens from a distance of less than 200 millimetres! Maybe even touch your lens as well as your soul.
Greg has spent many hours photographing and teaching in both Mashatu and Tswalu and he will share with you his secrets of photographing the best in the two locations – locations which both of us enjoy every time we visit.
For photographers and nature lovers it does not get much better than this.
If you do not already have a passion for Africa, it is guaranteed you will by the end of this very special photographic journey.
“Each time I touch the soil of Africa, I feel a rekindling of knowing what life is about. [Denis Glennon AO]
Dates & Summary Itinerary
The photographic journey commences at Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa on 2 August 2015 and finishes at Johannesburg International Airport on 12 August 2015.
For your convenience, direct links have been provided to the two lodges and the Villa Sterne Boutique Hotel in Pretoria which you will stay. To access each venue, simply click on the name of the lodge/hotel below.
|2 Aug||Arrive J’burg Airport – road transfer to Pretoria||Villa Sterne Hotel – 1 night|
|3 Aug||Transfer to Mashatu Reserve – private coach||Mashatu Main Camp – 5 nights|
|8 Aug||Transfer to Villa Sterne – private coach||Villa Sterne Hotel – 1 night|
|9 Aug||Transfer to Tswalu Lodge – private coach||Tswalu Lodge – 3 nights|
|12 Aug||Transfer to J’burg International Airport||N/A|
You can download the more comprehensive itinerary by clicking the DOWNLOAD ITINERARY button in the sidebar.
Costs, Terms of Payment, How to Register & International Flights
Iconic Images is obligated to pay the costs of the photo safari in US dollars.
The cost is US$10,980.00 per person, twin share, (or the equivalent in AU$ at the time of making the final payment).
A single supplement of US$2,250.00 per person (or the equivalent in AU$ at the time of making the final payment) applies, if specifically requested.
This single supplement is to be paid at the time of registration.
All Iconic Images’ photographic journeys and international workshops are priced in US dollars . For your convenience and to minimize currency exchange risks, payments should only be made (in US dollars) to the US dollar bank account of the travel agent, Our World Travel.
Should you wish to use your credit card for payment in US dollars please check with your bank or financial institution to determine the most cost effective way to do so.
Terms of Payment
- A non-refundable 25% deposit together with a completed Registration Form, on or before Fr1 31 Oct 2014.
- A second non-refundable payment of 25% on or before Fri 30 January 2015.
- A final payment of the remaining 50%, on or before Fri 1 May 2015.
How to Register
Click the “REGISTRATION FORM” button in the sidebar, download the form, complete it and follow the instructions for return to Harvey World Travel – East Perth.
Should you require help with flight bookings for this photo safari please contact Nick Missikos at the OWT office for professional travel help. In the event you intend booking flights yourself, using your frequent flyer points or other means, Nick has offered his assistance to all participants in Icionic Images’ photographic journeys, to ensure they get best available/most cost effective flights for their desired routing.
If You Would Like More Details
If you would like to discuss any aspect of international flights, please contact the sole booking agent, Harvey World Travel – East Perth, Shop 1/113 Royal Street, East Perth, Western Australia 6004, on 08-9221 9977 ( or from outside Australia on +61 8 9221 9977) and request to speak to Mr Nick Missikos. Alternatively you can email Nick at: email@example.com
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the photographic journey itself, before making a decision to join us, please contact: Denis Glennon AO on 0418 923 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ensure you download the comprehensive itinerary containing most of the information you will initially need, by clicking on “DOWNLOAD ITINERARY’ in the box on the right hand side.
If this photographic journey is not for you, perhaps you might consider forwarding the information to a friend, who may like to know about it. Thank you in advance.
To assist you prepare for this photographic jorney I have compiled a comprehensive, downloadable and printable PDF. It contains helpful information on:
- Travelling with and looking after photographic equipment in Africa.
- Downloading and backing-up images every day.
- Power supply in south Africa & Botswana for charging batteries, laptop, mobile phone, etc.
- Vehicle etiquette and consideration for fellow passengers and photographers.
- Keeping healthy in Africa.
- Money Matters in South Africa & Botswana.
- Immigration and Customs at Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa.
- Arrangements to meet you on arrival at Johannesburg International Airport.
- Travel documents, personal items & clothing checklist
- Personal medical items checklist.
- Camera equipment checklist – this is a comprehensive list and you should not be overwhelmed.
- Summary itinerary.
- Your Tour Leaders
- Guide to paying gratuities.
- Denis’ choice of lenses and other camera equipment for this photographic journey.
Perusing the information in this PDF will undoubtedly enrich your journey and help you to return home with iconic images, and many magnificent memories.
The information in the PDF will help you with selecting and packing your camera equipment and other essential items for the journey.
A copy of this PDF will be forwarded to all registered participants, approximately thirty days before the commencement of the photo safari.