CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 2019 – Wilderness Safaris has once again sponsored and become a participant at the 8th annual Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium held in Cape Town, South Africa recently. Isaac Kalio, Wilderness Safaris Zambia Head Guide, was among the line-up of esteemed guest speakers, and captivated the crowd while enlightening them about the extraordinary Busanga Plains.
“It was an honour to be part of Wild Shots this year, and have the opportunity to share and gain knowledge. Photography has become an art for many travellers, as we see them find more creative ways to capture the essence of wilderness areas. We strongly believe that nature photography is a medium that encourages responsible conservation practices and are proud to be ongoing supporters of this event, certain that it inspires responsible photographic journeys”, says Isaac.
Wilderness Safaris has been supporting Wild Shots since it started in 2012. Wild Shots is the first centralised wildlife photography conference in South Africa, and brings together professional and amateur photographers, as well as nature enthusiasts, to learn from and be inspired by the best in the business.
Isaac’s experience of working in Zambia’s Kafue National Park for over a decade, coupled with his keen interest in wildlife photography, made his presentation particularly interesting and valuable, especially to those who have never visited this extremely remote region. In his presentation, using his strikingly unique images, he demonstrated its undeniable beauty as well as its importance, being home to many wildlife species, including 19 Vulnerable and Endangered species.
Joining him were a number of other highly experienced and talented speakers, such as multi award-winning Michael Poliza, ecotourism legend Colin Bell, who has been in the industry since 1977, and world-renowned marine and wildlife photographer, Chris Fallows. The speakers shared stories about various tourist destinations, all accompanied by inspirational and stunning photography.
Wilderness Safaris operates in some of Africa’s most pristine, untouched wilderness areas, offering extraordinary photographic encounters.
In support of nature photography, the company has been investing in a number of ways to encourage photography amongst its guests. Expertly trained guides share the wonders of these pristine wilderness areas with guests at all levels of photographic expertise, positioning their safari vehicles carefully to allow for optimum lighting, and offering helpful hints and advice when required.
The company’s partnership with Olympus, launched in 2018, also enables Wilderness Safaris guests to use some of the very best camera equipment based at the camps, in order to capture their many unforgettable experiences. In addition to this, the company also runs an annual photo competition, which is open to everyone and directs its accumulated funds to conservation projects.