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Greg du Toit

Biography of African wildlife Photographer Greg du Toit...

Greg du Toit, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 (see a video of how he made his winning shot here) is an 11th generation African born in South Africa in 1977. He has lived in 4 African countries and photographed in a further 15 and he is the author of two books. The coffee table book titled 'AWE' is a portfolio of his work in Africa and contains a decade's worth of imagery while 'Phototips - Getting It Right In Camera' is a how-to book for wildlife photographers. 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.
See a recent Africa Geographic book project here...

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 Africas 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.

Although he has photographed bears and wolves in Russia and polar bears in the arctic, African wildlife remains his true love and his specialty. His fine art wildlife works are easily recognized by the tangible mood, primitive energy and vibrant colours that they convey and these intimate interactions with the natural world, skillfully composed and captured in-camera, have brought him international acclaim. He was 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 (WPY). With a total of 6 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year awards, his latest image titled Wild Dog Pack, was a finalist in the 2017 black and white category. View all his awarded images on this link: WPY awarded images. He is also honored to have co-judged a photographic competition hosted by Africa Geographic and alongside fellow judges Peter and Beverly Pickford.

Catch a live television interview with Greg here.

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