Sixteen Scenes from 2016

Hello my friends! Firstly – I want to wish you a very happy and blessed 2019! It’s that time of year, eh? If you follow a plethora of photographers you will no doubt see many of them put out some sort of “best of 2016” image collection. I’ve outlined in previous posts why I think […]

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POLL: Should trophy hunting be banned?

They’re known as canned hunts; captive mammal hunting ranches in the US which offer the chance to shoot a zebra or antelope or even a lion for several thousand dollars. The animals are fenced in and often unafraid of humans so the kills are easy, to the extent that some venues even provide the option […]

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POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned?

Tourist trophy hunters are paying thousands of pounds to go and shoot giraffes with high-powered guns and bows. The gentle giants are loved around the world for their comical appearance and gentle nature. Just like character ‘Melman’ played by Friend’s-star David Schwimmer in Disney’s Madagascar, they are a hit with kids who love their long […]

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Petition: Stop Lion Canned Hunting in South Africa – Shocking Video

An investigation into the growing South African industry of hunting lions bred in captivity has reignited a long-running controversy among hunters, captive breeders and animal rights advocates. The Guardian’s Patrick Barkham investigated the practices of some of the 160 South African farms that legally breed lions and other wild animals — many of which, animal […]

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Lion poaching: the brutal new threat to Africa’s prides

“That’s fresh, just a few hours old,” says Kris Everatt, pointing at a clear print of a lion’s paw in the hot dust. “It’s the ghost pride.” The print is female. A bigger male print is soon spotted, also leading towards a precious water hole, then a smaller one. “A cub, less than two years […]

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The death dealer: Russian surgeon makes $1m a year charging tourists £16,000 to kill lions, £42,000 for white rhinos and £421,000 to slay critically endangered black rhinos

A Russian surgeon has boasted about how he has built a £1.2 million-a-year business offering wealthy tourists the chance to hunt elephants, rhinos and lions as trophies. George Ragozin, who is nicknamed the ‘crazy Russian’ by his clients, offers trophy-seeking foreigners packages that include shooting beasts of their choice, alongside accommodation, food, beer and wine […]

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Wildlife Photography with the Nikon D810 and 400mm f2.8

When Nikon in South Africa approached me in September 2015 to test out the Nikon D810 and the new lightweight Nikkor 400mm f2.8E FL VR lens I was relishing the opportunity – you see, I was heading to the Mara Triangle in Kenya (part of the Maasai Mara ecosystem) to host a photographic safari in […]

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The appeal acquittal of Feisal Mohamed Ali: A victory for rule of law, a process corrupted, or both?

Could it have come at a worse time for Kenya’s Tourism and Wildlife Ministry? With Kenya still stinging from the humiliation and embarrassment over the translocation-related deaths of 11 rhinos, a Kenyan court declared on August 3 that convicted ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali was to be set free. Lady Justice Dora Chepkwony ruled that […]

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