Having been born and raised in Africa, I was fortunate to spend many holidays enjoying the continent’s beautiful reserves and parks, where I was introduced to an astounding diversity of wildlife and wild places. As a family, we have lived in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa. In 2020 we emigrated as a family to the beautiful Australian island state of Tasmania, where we continue to organize small group specialist photographic safaris to Africa's most photo productive locations.
In 1999, I became a qualified Field Guide with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) and a Tourist Guide accredited by (THETA). In 2003, I obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Wildlife Photography at Blackpool and The Fylde College, an associate college of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
The combination of these two passions helped me to achieve my long-held dream of operating my own wildlife photographic safari tour company.
My images have been published in several magazines (Outdoor Photography, Getaway, Africa Wild, Photo Comment); have been featured on the 50/50 Veld Focus TV show; Nat Geo Wild TV show "Caught in the Act", Winner of the 2015 NATURES BEST "African Wildlife" Category and in numerous newspaper and magazine publications around the world. They are also for sale through a number of photo stock libraries.
This is a selection of my own images taken whilst out on our photographic safaris.
I believe that picturing the image in your mind before you take it, is a crucial skill to develop as it leads to the creation of compelling images. Combining this with a sound knowledge of your subject, your camera equipment and specific techniques is what the photographic journey is all about. The best part about this journey is that it never ends and it continues to provide new experiences for all of us.
If you are serious about nature photography, you can't do better than booking with Wild 4. Wild 4's itinerary provides sun-up to sundown quality photo-ops, and you feel you are traveling with good friends who are showing you their favorite spots. This was our fourth African photo safari (three others in East Africa) and we could not believe what a difference it makes, when a professional photographer, who understands light and animal behavior, just happens to be your driver, in a photo vehicle he designed himself. There was super spotting work from Ann from a separate radio equipped vehicle. We were the first on a leopard / impala kill thanks to one of Ann's incredible sightings, resulting in a sensational series of images shot over 45 minutes of the leopard dragging her prey to her den. After an exciting, productive day in the field, we were treated to friendly conversation, sitting around a campfire, and wonderful feasts magically prepared by Ann. Wild 4 is a totally professional and very special company. Thanks Stu, Justyna and Ann for a sensational safari.
Lee & Doris Wiese, USA
The wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm Stu shared was priceless, from identifying birds and pointing out animal behaviors, to stories about Kruger Park past, and of course, answering photography questions day in and day out. You were so patient! I really appreciated the custom photo safari vehicle and thoughtful design and extra space it afforded, and the advantage and flexibility of traveling with such a small number of people. I learnt so much, and I look forward to sorting through the images and enjoying remembering all the things we did during our busy photo safari.
Helen Cruickshank, Australia