Orms Photographic Leaders

Orms Photographic Leaders

Meet Our Expert Guides

Dale Morris

Dale Morris has spent more than twenty years photographing wildlife and working in conservation and ecology projects in various parts of the world. He has been a professional magazine feature writer and photographer for the past decade and has published more than 400 articles. His work has appeared in BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic, Geo, Africa Geographic and Wanderlust. He has received numerous awards for his photography and writing including the Caxton publishers Photojournalist of the Year for three years running, and Media 24′s Best Photojournalism category.

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Elliot Neep

Elliott Neep is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer who supplies images for Getty Images and Frank Lane Picture Agency (FLPA), which are often featured in magazines and the international press. He is a professional photographer and experienced guide who also produces illustrated feature articles and has his own column in Practical Photography magazine, one of Britain’s leading photography monthlies. He won his first award in 2005 in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and had subsequent awards in The International Photographer of the Year awards, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natures Best: Windland Smith Rice International Awards and the International Loupe (Aperture) Awards.

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Elliott Neep is an award-winning professional wildlife photographer who supplies images for Getty Images and Frank Lane Picture Agency (FLPA), which are often featured in magazines and the international press. He is a professional photographer and experienced guide who also produces illustrated feature articles and has his own column in Practical Photography magazine, one of Britain’s leading photography monthlies. He won his first award in 2005 in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and had subsequent awards in The International Photographer of the Year awards, British Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natures Best: Windland Smith Rice International Awards and the International Loupe (Aperture) Awards.

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Greg du Toit

Greg du Toit is a professional fine art wildlife photographer who whose work is easily recognized by its tangible mood and energy, and the manner in which it encapsulates the essence of the African bush. This signature style has brought him international acclaim and he has recently exhibited with the National Geographic Society in London. The exhibit titled ‘Africa’ sold out and his subsequent exhibition with the National Geographic Society was in Singapore in 2012. His work has been exhibited in the London and Sydney Natural History Museums and he has hosted private exhibitions across the world. While his work is widely published, he has also been interviewed by the BBC World Service and has appeared on the NBC’s Today Show. In 2013 he received the most prestigious award in world wildlife photography, namely ‘The Wildlife Photographer of the Year’. Greg has lived on location in the African bush for more than eight years, as well as being a qualified safari guide, and this is reflected in both his photographic work and leadership skills.

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Marius Coetzee

Marius Coetzee is a professional safari tour leader and award-winning wildlife photographer. His photos have been on the covers and in the pages of numerous premier publications, and his 14 years experience in the safari industry make him a sought-after guide. He has entensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for both wildlife and photography. For six years he made the leopards of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve his principal photographic subject, leading to a 12-page portfolio on these rare animals in BBC Wildlife. He is a regular contributor to Africa Geographic magazine. In 2012 Marius was a highly commended winner in the Natures Best: Windland Smith Rice International Awards, and received honorable mention in the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest. He won 6 awards in the Getaway Fujifilm Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and has been a finalist in the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s most prestigious wildlife photographic competition. Marius has also attained the highest level of guiding qualifications in South Africa. His knowledge of animal and bird behaviour and his interpretation of the African savanna complement his photographic knowledge and enriches his ability as a leader. Marius has currently led photographic expeditions to 11 countries on 4 continents.

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Marius Coetzee is a professional safari tour leader and award-winning wildlife photographer. His photos have been on the covers and in the pages of numerous premier publications, and his 14 years experience in the safari industry make him a sought-after guide. He has entensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for both wildlife and photography. For six years he made the leopards of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve his principal photographic subject, leading to a 12-page portfolio on these rare animals in BBC Wildlife. He is a regular contributor to Africa Geographic magazine. In 2012 Marius was a highly commended winner in the Natures Best: Windland Smith Rice International Awards, and received honorable mention in the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest. He won 6 awards in the Getaway Fujifilm Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and has been a finalist in the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s most prestigious wildlife photographic competition. Marius has also attained the highest level of guiding qualifications in South Africa. His knowledge of animal and bird behaviour and his interpretation of the African savanna complement his photographic knowledge and enriches his ability as a leader. Marius has currently led photographic expeditions to 11 countries on 4 continents.

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Kirsten Frost

Kirsten Frost began his interest in nature and photography at a young age with a small point-and-shoot camera in hand. His work soon became recognized in the South African photography scene, and by the age of 16 he was sponsored professional level equipment. His work was seen gracing the covers of national magazines before the tender age of 18.Kirsten’s passion for Africa’s wild places led him to further his studies in Nature Conservation. After successfully completing his theory component, he went on to gain experience in the field, with a particular interest in wetland ecosystems. An understanding of water bird habits and behaviour led him to build a strong portfolio of water bird images, one of his preferred photographic subjects.
 
His photographs have been featured in numerous national and international publications including; African Birdlife, Africa Geographic, GO! Magazine, Getaway Magazine, Birders World (USA), Wildside Magazine, Country Life Magazine. PIX Magazine, Wildlife Photographic Magazine and Digital Camera Magazine (UK). Kirsten has also been the overall winner of numerous photographic competitions, including the FujiFilm Getaway Wildlife Awards, GO! Magazine Photography Competition, Africa Wild Magazine Photography Competition and Cameras for Conservation’s Botswana’s Wildlife Photographer of the year 2017.
 
After completing his studies, Kirsten spent time photographing along the Chobe River in Botswana. He later secured a job as a photographic guide at Mashatu Game Reserve, which was his home for a seven-month stint, where he shared his knowledge on wildlife photography and the natural environment with guests.
 
As one of ORXY’s youngest leaders, Kirsten’s future expeditions are sure to be exciting adventures in search of nature’s fleeting moments.

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Sam Reinders

Samantha Reinders is an award-winning photographer and multimedia producer currently based in Cape Town, South Africa – pursuing stories there and abroad. She moved back to South Africa after completing her Masters in Visual Communication at Ohio University.
 
She is not 100% certain when her career actually began – but thinks it was either somewhere in the curious hills of Appalachia, whilst riding shotgun in her fathers beloved Landrover or sandwiched between two other photographers in the press pool in the Oval Office. (She covered the Washington, DC political landscape – including the White House and Capitol Hill in 2005). Either way, she’s glad it did because it has, among other things, allowed her to chase penguins, fly on Air Force One, swim with sharks and meet a collection of interesting people – from business men to homeless men, survivors, sadhus and sociopaths and grannies at a bake-sale. She’s explored remote islands, teeming cities and untouched landscapes. In this way she thinks the profession of photojournalism is a privilege.
 
It’s not surprising then that in addition to the work behind the lens Sam’s passion is to teach others to photograph. She believes that while the technical aspects of photography are important – great photography comes from the learning to change the way you see, and learning to interact with people outside of their everyday world. It’s that she thrives on sharing.

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From a very young age, Nelis had an incredible passion for Africa’s fauna, and has spent the majority of his working career actively involved in various wildlife related industries. These included lodge management in Rwanda and Kenya, big game capture and translocation, as well as anti-poaching, where he focused mainly on rhino protection. Nelis’s 16 years working in these various industries and living in the wilds of Africa have resulted in him possessing an enviable knowledge of the region’s animals and their habits, and he has used this to good effect as a guide in both southern and east Africa – the latter where he guided walking safaris in some of the most game rich country on the continent. His photography is an expression of his love of the outdoors and the animals he has spent a good portion of his life studying and protecting, and his amazing skill with a camera, calm demeanor, personable nature and ability to conveyor his knowledge make him a natural choice for Orms Photographic Tours.

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Penny Robartes

Penny Robartes is a professional fine art wildlife photographer whose work is easily recognized by her iconoclastic work that is recalibrating the way the world sees wildlife.

Penny Robartes has emerged as one of Africa’s great nature photographers. Her stunning creations breathe life into natural encounters with the deftness of an artist’s brushstrokes and the enthralling narrative of the best storytellers.

Her photographs are intended to showcase the utter allurement of our natural heritage through moments captured, and the stories that they tell.
Combining a conservation message with portraits of elusive and endangered animals becomes all the more poignant through the artistic interpretation she brings to every one of her works, with seemingly abstract compositions morphing graphically into poignant statements. Each image is a work of art but also a moment of Africa’s unbridled rawness captured forever.

Penny has photographed and led multiple photo tours throughout Africa, predominately to South and East Africa. In 2016, she spent over 40-days living in the Masai Mara as a Photographer in Residence at Alex Walker’s Serian Kenya Camps and will be returning in 2017 to host multiple photo safaris. Additional to this, Penny will spend 2 weeks in Tanzania as Photographer in Residence at Alex Walker’s Serian Tanzania Camps. Her passionate and relaxed manner enables her to connect with and inspire each of her guests as she assists them in capturing and exploring their own unique vision. With her extensive travels to East Africa and her knowledge on its wildlife as well as photography, Penny is an undeniable force within the ORYX artillery.

Semi finalist in BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017!

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