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Takeaway: Pizza
Animal: Lion
Country: Kenya
Drink: Ethiopian Coffee
Gadget: iPhone 6
Sport: Rugby
Pastime: Bird Watching
Time of day: Morning
Possession: Leica Binoculars
Accessory: Flash
Food: Barbeque
Season: Spring
Bird: Robin

About Greg du Toit

Born in South Africa, Greg du Toit is a professional wildlife photographer with his own unique style and approach. From a young age, he has explored 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 at the age of 18 he went to live in the African bush, where he served an apprenticeship as a safari walking guide.

Since those early days, he has gone on to photograph some of Africa’s wildest, remotest and largest ecosystems. His work is easily recognized by the tangible mood, primitive energy and vibrant colours that it conveys. His dynamic collections represent scenes creatively captured in the camera and relentlessly detailing intimate interactions with the natural world over the last 12 years has brought him international acclaim. His work 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. He was invited to exhibit his work in the National Geographic Store gallery in central London in 2010 where his solo exhibition, simply titled ‘Africa’, was seen by an unprecedented 40 000 visitors each day and sold out in its first month.

“Greg was great not only because of his wealth of knowledge in wildlife, he also gave invaluable advice as to how to best capture the amazing scenes happening in front of us from both a technical perspective and also a art/creative perspective.  He was generous to share with us his take on different subjects on location, and his award-winning technique and creativity. He also ensured that we were in the best location and have the best angle for each sighting, where we witnessed other vehicles being in the wrong place from a photographic standpoint.  He was very friendly and approachable and was fun to be with during our times with him.” -Simon Pang (Hong Kong),

His photography is also widely published in magazines including Africa Geographic, which ran a cover story titled ‘Living on the Edge’ detailing a portfolio of his work. The BBC Wildlife Magazine published a story titled ‘A Waiting Game’, describing how he sat submerged in a waterhole for 270 hours to capture images of endangered free-ranging lion in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. He has received awards in the most prestigious photographic competitions and was awarded the highest accolade in world wildlife photography when he was named the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.

“It was such a privilege to spend a week with Greg. On all levels he is a joy to spend time in the bush with. It’s really apparent through his passion, knowledge and talent why he was The Wildlife Photographer of the Year.” -Deborah Keener Brown (USA)

Greg has been interviewed on the BBC World Service, has appeared on live CNBC television and has delivered presentations from South Africa to Finland. He is the author of two books, the first titled Awe (published in 2013) and the second Phototips – Getting it right in camera (published in 2014).

For many years now, Greg has been succesfully leading photographic tours in both Africa and abroad. He joined the Squiver team to share the gift of photography and to celebrate wildlife encounters with others.

“Dear Greg. Many thanks for a really fabulous week. It was a great pleasure travelling with you. We both enjoyed your company very much and were really impressed by your openness and modesty. We learnt a huge amount and took far better images than ever before!” -Ralph Auchincloss (UK)

Greg is philosophical about his work and he believes that photographers are storytellers, and the story that he has chosen to tell is, quite simply, that it is not too late to save our wild places.

“Greg was able to take my photography to the next level in more ways than I can express. My understanding of both camera mechanics as well as animal behavior, from start to finish, was incredibly improved. He is beyond knowledgeable in both and it made the game drives interesting, and exciting. Getting to a good sighting, and being able to ask what settings we needed, or what to look for, made the whole process seamless. There was little guessing, shots just started to look good. Then, after a day or two, they started to look very good. He was able to help me increase my portfolio, but also my ability to add to my portfolio in the future, which is just as important.” -Chris Fischer (USA)

Check out Greg’s portfolio, to see some of his award-winning work.