From the Field
Greg du Toit
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Greg du Toit
Biography of African wildlife Photographer Greg du Toit...
|Greg du Toit was the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 (see a video of how he made is winning shot here). He is also an 8th generation African born in South Africa in 1977, and has lived and worked in four different African countries. From a young age, he has engaged the wilds of Africa, and there was never any doubt as to what he would do with his life. It was therefore no surprise that before completing his tertiary education in Nature Conservation, he went to live permanently in the African bush.|
See a News24 interview here.
Greg outside his custom-built hide
deep in the heart of Southern Tanzania (2007)`
The first few years of his career were spent in Timbavati Game Reserve (South Africa), where he served an apprenticeship as a Wilderness Trails Guide. It was during these years that he set aside devoted time to study every aspect of the African bush, including identifying as many species of wild flowers, trees, grasses and dung beetles as possible! His days were spent stalking Africa's big game on foot and these skills later proved invaluable as he focused his attention on wildlife photography. Since those early days, he has gone on to photograph some of Africa’s wildest, remotest and largest ecosystems! His artwork 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!
African wildlife is his specialty, while his preferred genre is fine art wildlife photography, whereby his photographic works are easily recognized by the tangible mood, primitive energy and vibrant colours that they convey. These intimate interactions with the natural world, skillfully composed and captured in-camera, have brought him international acclaim. He was recently invited to exhibit his work for the National Geographic Society in London and Singapore respectively, where his solo exhibit, titled 'Africa', sold out in its first month before being extended. The London gallery hosted an unprecedented 40 000 visitors per day!
Greg also regularly receives honors in the most prestigious wildlife competitions in the world including the most coveted title in world wildlife photography, namely 'The Wildlife Photographer of the Year'. His image titled 'Crossing Frenzy' toured the world as part of the 2009 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, while another image titled 'Black Rhino Forest' received a Gerald Durrell Endangered Wildlife Award in the 2010 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also honored to have recently co-judged a photographic competition hosted by Africa Geographic magazine and alongside fellow judges Peter and Beverly Pickford.
Catch a live television interview with Greg here.
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