Photo-‐Africa and Moya Wa Tenga Safaris partner up to form a new powerhouse in educational photographic safari throughout Southern Africa!
After months of preparation we are pleased to announce that Photo-Africa and Moya Wa tenga Safaris have formed a partnership which promises to revolutionize digital photography workshops and photographic safaris in Southern Africa.
Photo-Africa was born out of a passion for photography and wildlife.
Originally created in 2005 in order to share images with friends and family, Photo-Africa took off and quickly established itself as one of the most regularly updated and followed African wildlife photography blogs on the internet.One thing led to the next and now, 5 years later, Photo-Africa has evolved into a company which offers workshops and photographic safaris aimed at everybody from rank beginners to seasoned pros. By combining passion, professionalism and knowledge, Photo-Africa aims to be one of the top workshop and photo safari operators in the country.
Moya Wa Tenga Safaris specializes in providing comprehensive and fully inclusive travel packages to a variety of destinations throughout South Africa. Through their extensive travel network, Moya Wa Tenga Safaris will ensure that all transport and accommodation aspects of the photographic safaris and day trips run smoothly. This exciting partnership sees a combined experience of almost 30 years in the photography and hospitality industry comes together in one comprehensive package. Gerry van der Walt, Kerry de Bruyn and Andrew Beck each bring their own unique set of skills and flavours to the table.
After completing a degree in Sport Psychology, Gerry travelled the world while working on board the Queen Mary 2, presenting enrichment lectures. It was during this time that photography changed from a visual way in which to remember places and people into an obsession and ultimately, many years later, a career. Upon returning from his travels Gerry moved into the lodge and hospitality industry and currently manages a game lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Apart from having completed a number of photography courses Gerry is also a fully qualified Field Guide, registered with FGASA, and combines this with an infectious passion for people and sharing information when lecturing or presenting workshops. With more than 9 years photographic experience and having lectured to many diverse groups of people from around the word, Gerry has the ability to take advanced photographic terms and principles and make them easy to understand and fun at the same time. Gerry currently owns and manages Photo-Africa and apart from presenting workshops and photographic safaris also offers various photographic services, which includes one on one tuition, lodge & hospitality photography and lifestyle portrait photography.
Kerry started taking pictures when she was about 16 and since then she hasn’t really put the camera down. Friends labelled her as tourist, taking her camera with her wherever she went, but that didn’t distract her and her passion just grew with time. Her career started out as just loving travel, wildlife, and photography but as time went on she knew it was more than just love. Photography became a passion and mixing wildlife, people and travel into that passion became the next natural step. Capturing natural moments in a world full of beauty made her leave her job as a journalist and photographer for a few local animal magazines to pursue photography full time. She now runs Kerry de Bruyn Photography which specializes in fine art, lifestyle and hospitality photography and only wishes to carry on doing what she loves and that is, borrow the moments from nature to share with the world, and in some way contribute to keeping them here for everyone to see, a long time from now
Andrew is a self-taught photographer who has spent much of his life in the bush and is passionate about sharing his experiences and knowledge with others. Armed with formal qualifications from WITS University (MSc. & BSc. Hons in Environment, Ecology and Conservation), and The Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA), Andrew will provide you with an experience, which is not only memorable, but also educational.
The partnership has already seen a number of new and exciting events planned for the second half of 2010 and beyond. These include:
• Digital Photography 101
o This fun and interactive full day workshop will help you to understand how your digital camera works and how to apply various technical and creative principles to help you create better images.
• Digital Darkroom 101
o This course will take you step by step through the management and processing of your digital images. Focusing on Lightroom and Photoshop, this full day workshop, to be launched in 2011, will help you to get the most of out of your digital images.
• Wildlife Photography 101
o Run over two consecutive Saturdays, this two day workshop is aimed purely at improving your wildlife photography. On the first day we focus on the technical, artistic and ethical sides of wildlife photography. The following Saturday we do a day trip to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve where, accompanied by pro photographers and experienced field guides, you will have ample opportunity to practise your wildlife photography and grow your portfolio.
• Route 62 Photography Weekend
o Run over a weekend in the magical Route 62, this photography weekend will give you the chance to not only refresh the basics of digital photography, but also improve your compositional and technical skills. A combination of lectures, practical and plentiful photo opportunities will make you look at photography in a whole new light.
• Kenya Photographic Safari
o The Maasai Mara is without a doubt one of the top wildlife destinations in the world and in 2011 you will have the opportunity to join us as we lead you to some of the best photographic areas in the Maasai Mara. With options ranging from budget to ultra-luxury, we will make sure that your trip to see the migration or photograph flamingos on Lake Nakuru is a once in a lifetime experience.
We hope to hear from you soon!