Joshua McPhail

Joshua McPhail
Age: 26
Favourite animal: Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Photographic Experience: 12 years

Three of my biggest passions are the African Bush & Wildlife, Photography and teaching others what I have learnt. Therefore the opportunity to combine these three when leading Safaris with At Close Quarters is something special…

I was born as in Johannesburg where I am still based. My passion for the African bushveld started at a young age as most holidays were spent in the bush with my family and especially with my Mother. She has the same passion that started at a young age, while she was growing up in Zimbabwe.

I remember falling in love with the bush and particularly the spotted cats, the Serval, Cheetah and Leopard. Every Kruger National Park trip would be spent looking for these rare sightings and when back at home i’d dream about seeing these amazing animals up close like on the post cards i’d bought in the Kruger.

One of my first memories with a camera was with my mothers Pentax film camera. We were leaving crocodile bridge in the midday heat and stumbed upon a group of barking impala. Then, the reason they were upset, a massive male leopard crossed the road right in front of us, a special sighting I took a few shots of. It was our 5th leopard in as many days.

With a love and passion for the bush firmly engrained in me, I have had the opportunity to travel to some great locations in South Africa (my favourite areas being the Sabi Sands where I know the animals very well, Manyeleti & Kruger National Park), Botswana, Namibia & Kenya taking my camera with wherever I go. Every opportunity to get away from the City is spent in some scenic & wild location in Africa.

I advanced my passion for photography studying through Vega & am currently finishing off my Level 1 FGASA (Field Guide Association of South Africa) Qualification. I will soon begin studies again with a BSC Environmental Management in mind.

Joshua’s experience includes Media Management, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Photography, Nature Guiding and Training.

Joshua’s wildlife photos have also been recognised and sold both locally & internationally.

You can see more of his work on his website http://joshuamcphail.com

  • Villiers Steyn Specialist
    Photographic Guide

    My life would seem emptier without my camera, for photography allows me to immortalise important events and sightings, allowing me to re-live all those amazing experiences over and over again.”

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  • Trevor McCall-Peat Specialist
    Photographic Guide

    Ever since I can remember I have had a growing passion for photography. The beauty of nature is that it is forever changing. There is no certainty and every day is different. It is the unknown that keeps me going back for more.

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  • Michael Dippenaar Founder
    Photographic Guide

    The connection to nature, that being in the bush creates, is something that at an early age, I wanted more of. For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of becoming a game ranger and sharing the simple yet unpredictable daily events of the bush, with others. 

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