Special Offer: Experience Somalisa Camp with Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013, Greg du Toit

African Bush Camps are delighted to share a unique opportunity to our friends and supporters as we welcome 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner, Greg du Toit into Somalisa Camp for an entire week during the month of February 2017. Greg will be our in-house resident photographic guide who will work with all guest in camp to teach them key skills and techniques for outstanding wildlife and landscape photography. As a special unique and once in a lifetime offer, Greg Du Toit will be part of the Somalisa Camp experience between 23 February and 2nd March 2017, and will be included as part of the African Bush Camps guest experience during this period.

Greg Du Toit Pics

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winner 2013

The photo that won Greg The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 Award

Born in South Africa in 1977, Greg Du Toit has from a young age explored the wilds of Africa, and there was never a doubt in his mind as to what direction he wanted his career and passion to take. At the age of 18 Greg worked as an apprentice walking safari guide, and since then Greg has developed a unique style and approach to his professional photography which has set him apart from other wildlife photographers in Africa.

Since his early experiences, Greg has gone on to photograph some of Africa’s wildest, remotest and largest ecosystems. His work is easily recognized by the tangible mood, primitive energy and vibrant colours that it conveys. His dynamic collections represent scenes creatively captured in the camera and relentlessly detailing intimate interactions with the natural world over the last 16 years, all of which has brought him international acclaim. His work has hung in both the London and Sydney Natural History Museums and his ‘Authentic Africa’ collections have been exhibited across the globe, from New York to Singapore. He was invited to exhibit his work in the National Geographic gallery in central London in 2010 where his solo exhibition, simply titled ‘Africa’, was seen by an unprecedented 40 000 visitors each day and sold out in its first month.

gregdutoit37 copy copy (1) In Southern Tanzania we witnessed a huge butterfly migration and each night the butterflies would roost amongst the wild grass. In the early morning, they were covered in dew and would wait patiently for the dew to evaporate before fluttering off. This patience combined with the delicate drops, for me, seemed to capture the essence of these wonderful creatures. In the northern Serengeti National Park of Tanzania, I spotted this Lilac-breasted Roller (Corocias caudata) trying to kill a grasshopper. Knowing that the bird was preoccupied, I lay on my belly and crept closer. These birds are in my opinion one of Africas most beautiful, and they are said to contain seven different feather colourations. My subject eventually swallowed the grasshopper whole before alighting. Photographed from the ground using a Nikon D3s camera and a 200-400mm lens at F4.   “This beautiful specimen of a leopard has mesmerizing eyes with an unusual hint of pale blue. She had made a kill in the night, but her cubs had clumsily knocked the antelope carcass out of the tree. She now needed to hoist it back up! I knew there would be a brief moment, when she would gaze up at the tree, to plot her route up. As soon as her beautiful eyes glanced skyward, I tripped my shutter…” Panthera pardus (African leopard) Tuli Block Botswana    Last night I was woken several times by the deep baritone groans of lion. Is there anything better on this planet than lying in bed and hearing the resonating roar of a lion? This morning we had the simple task of following the enchanting echoes of the night and just as dawn broke, we found our A cappella culprits. They had been roaring in an attempt to track down their pride of lionesses. As they got ever closer to the females, they lifted their heads and curled their lips in what is known as the flehmen grimace. This allows them to sample the air for pheromones. A lingering condensation of breath caused me to hit my shutter button in a rushed panic. Even after ten years of photographing, my wild subjects still arouse in me an utter excitement that makes me feel like the picture I am about to take is my very first. Photographed on 19 August 2012 in the Londolozi Game Reserve of South Africa. Nikon D3s camera and Nikon 200-400mm lens ISO 200 F4 and 1/200th. SB900 fill flash used. Photographed using a beanbag and from a vehicle.    9portfolio

Just some of the sorts of shots Greg has become known for

His photography is also widely published in magazines including Africa Geographic, which ran a cover story titled ‘Living on the Edge’ detailing a portfolio of his work. The BBC Wildlife Magazine published a story titled ‘A Waiting Game’, describing how he sat submerged in a waterhole for 270 hours to capture images of endangered free-ranging lion in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. He has received awards in the most prestigious photographic competitions and was awarded the highest accolade in world wildlife photography when he was named the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013. He has also been interviewed on the BBC World Service, has appeared on live CNBC television and has delivered presentations from South Africa to Finland. He is the author of two books, the first titled Awe (published in 2013) and the second Phototips – Getting it right in camera (published in 2014). Greg is now leading photo safaris in both Africa and abroad to share the gift of photography and to celebrate wildlife encounters with others.

Greg is philosophical about his work and he believes that photographers are storytellers, and the story that he has chosen to tell is, quite simply, that it is not too late to save our wild places.

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Whilst at Somalisa Greg will cover the following with all guests that want to take advantage of having his expertise at hand:

  1. Camera setup – the best settings to have in place for different wildlife scenarios (aperture, shutter, ISO, white balance, exposure comp, metering, histograms, using a flash in wildlife photography, shooting in low light and more)
  2. Wildlife photography tips in the field – composition, achieving correct focus on moving wildlife
  3. Macro photography tips in and around the camp – techniques and what to look for in macro-photography
  4. Photo editing skills – looking at the photos you have taken on the day where Greg will offer critique on your own photos and how to edit them to get the final product
  5. Evening presentations and questions time – Greg will give a talk and possible presentation on some of the evenings from his years of wildlife photography experiences

African Bush Camps in partnership with Greg du Toit will be offering this unique experience from the 23 Feb until the 2 March 2017, at no additional cost. There will not be any supplement to stay at Somalisa or Somalisa Acacia during this time and so it is recommended to reserve your place on this incredible week’s safari as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.

To enquire or hold a provisional booking at Somalisa with Greg Du Toit in residence, kindly contact our reservation office on safaris@africanbushcamps.com.

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