• wildlife photography competition 2018 indlovu river lodge at close quarters

Meet our judges

We are thrilled to have partnered with the experienced wildlife photography team from At Close Quarters - Safari Specialists!

Villiers Steyn

“My life would seem emptier without my camera, for photography allows me to immortalise important events and sightings, allowing me to re-live all those amazing experiences over and over again.

I have been taking photos ever since I can remember. I was our high school photographer when I grew up in Pretoria, photographing everything from sports events and socials to stage shows and class photos.

My camera never left my side in the seven years after school when I completed my Masters Degree in Nature Conservation, focussing on leopard movement patterns and densities in Botswana’s majestic Northern Tuli Game Reserve. It was here, in Mashatu Game Reserve where I was based and constantly surrounding by animals, where my love for wildlife photography bloomed.

After completing my studies in 2008 I started my own photography business, Vision Photography, and embarked on another exciting seven-year journey, this time as a freelance travel writer. I published over a 100 feature articles on Africa’s wildest and most beautiful game reserves and national parks, focussing on South Africa and its neighbours. With the backing of South Africa’s top travel publications, Getaway, go!, DriveOut and Country Life, I was able to experience and photograph the best this extraordinary region has to offer.

My love for people and teaching made adding photographic safari guide to my repertoire in 2010 a natural evolution for me as photographer. There are few things as fulfilling as sharing a great sighting with my guests, and even more so when I’m able to help them capture those memories through the lens of a camera.”

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Lance van de Vyver

“I am passionate about wildlife and have always had a dream to be involved in conservation in my own unique way. Through the power of photography, guiding and teaching I have found my calling and believe I can make a difference. To be able to bring pictures and stories into the living rooms of thousands of people all around the world is amazing, but to have clients leave from a trip with their own messages and images is even better.

I have been taking images all my adult life, dabbling in many genres from weddings, portraiture, food, product and sport, however I am always the happiest photographing wild places and animals.

I was born and raised in New Zealand with a Kiwi mother and South African father. After completing a Zoology degree, followed by a visual imaging degree majoring in photography, I moved to South Africa to become a photographic guide. 

With the combination of my Zoology degree and Level 2 FGASA qualification, my ability to read, observe and interpret animal behaviour is a huge advantage whilst on safari.

The past five years of guiding have been some of the best of my life and I have been so lucky to witness some incredible things and meet amazing people along the way. I hope the next five are even better and hope to see you on safari with me some time soon.”

Lance has been published and won numerous awards for his photography, both in South Africa and New Zealand, with the highlight so far being a finalist in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards in 2016.

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