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Greg du ToitBiography continued...
Although a fine art wildlife photographer by profession, his artwork and writing is however much more than a career; it is a way for him to channel his passion for Africa and to share the beauty and awe of Africa's wild places with others, hopefully contributing to their continued existence. Highlights in his career include undertaking a three-month project that entailed camping in the remote north of Kenya, where he lived alongside local Samburu tribesman and got to experience their culture first hand. Another special time for him was the extensive undertaking to photograph the remote region of Kenya's southern rift valley, home to the traditional Loodokilani clan of the Maasai tribe. It was during this sixteen month project that Greg was able to spend much time on the remote shores of Lake Natron, not only the largest breeding ground for Lesser Flamingo in the world, but also one of Africa's most inhospitable lakes. His time spent documenting from the shores of Lake Natron, led to an Africa Geographic cover story in February 2006 titled 'Living on the Edge'.
While in Kenya, he also undertook to photograph nomadic free ranging lion, which eke out a precarious existence beyond formal park or reserve boundaries. Setting up hides and spending countless hours sweating it out on the floor of the Rift Valley, he was finally able to capture images of these wild and elusive creatures. A fun and behind the scenes story titled 'A Waiting Game' appeared in the June 2009 issue of the BBC Wildlife magazine. He was also interviewed about this story on NBC's Today Show as well as on BBC World Service (click here). This story received wide media coverage the world over.
He also spent a total of twenty-two months in the deep south of Tanzania where he set out to document one of Africa's largest and truly wild wildernesses. In fact, it was so remote and wild that in the south of Ruaha National Park, he had to first slash rudimentary bush tracks, before undertaking to photograph the area. This project led to the first ever published photographic portfolio representing Ruaha National Park, which appeared in the March 2008 issue of Africa Geographic magazine. A more recent photographic adventure entailed trekking with local Maasai guides and pack mules over the wall of the Great Rift Valley, walking from the Masai Mara to Lake Natron.
Greg has before been commissioned by the BBC Wildlife Magazine to assemble a groundbreaking portfolio on African leopards. This project lasted three years and saw him spending over 600 hours in the field photographing wild leopards. The goal of the project was to photograph the leopard in the pitch dark of the African night and in a world first, this 13 page portfolio was published in the Oct 2012 issue. You can now join Greg and learn his secret recipe for photographing leopards here...
Most recently his images have featured in the 'remembering' series of coffee-table books and auctions held at London's Royal Geographic Society. These projects are a collaboration of the best wildlife photographers in the world and all proceeds have gone to rhino, elephant, great ape and lion conservation. You can read more about this project here. He is also the conservation ambassador for the Rebuilding The Pride lion project in Kenya which helps protect the free ranging lion population in the south rift valley of Kenya. Through the hosting of exhibitions in both Kenya and the USA, as well as the selling of his books at these events, whereby all proceeds go to the project, he continues to raise awareness and also offers a very unique safari annually to visit the project and area. This safari includes photographing flamingoes from the air and you can read more about this one-of-a-kind safari here.
One of his current focuses is in offering bespoke private photographic safaris and small group photographic workshops. In addition to running his own personalized safaris, he is also commissioned by other safari operators to conduct and host photographic workshops. National Geographic Expeditions have before contracted him as an Expedition Manager on their 'Southern Africa by Private Air Expedition' and he has been invited to speak as far afield as northern Finland (click here to read more about his inspirational presentation). After living permanently in the African bush and on remote locations he is now based in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. From this base he is available for commissions and has before been commissioned by the National Geographic Channel on the launch of their Great Migrations series. Most recently Greg was selected by the California Academy of Sciences as a 2019 judge for the Big Picture Natural World Competition.
See a selection of published work here.
View a Dusk to Dawn portfolio on the BBC News.
A fun article in the Daily Mirror.
We invite you to view a collection of his African Wildlife Photography...
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