Photographic Experience: 19 years
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“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.”
I have been taking photos ever since I can remember. I was our high school photographer when I grew up in Pretoria, photographing everything from sports events and socials to stage shows and class photos.
My camera never left my side in the seven years after school when I completed my Masters Degree in Nature Conservation, focussing on leopard movement patterns and densities in Botswana’s majestic Northern Tuli Game Reserve. It was here, in Mashatu Game Reserve where I was based and constantly surrounding by animals, where my love for wildlife photography bloomed.
After completing my studies in 2008 I started my own photography business, Vision Photography, and embarked on another exciting seven-year journey, this time as a freelance travel writer. I published over a 100 future articles on Africa’s wildest and most beautiful game reserves and national parks, focussing on South Africa and its neighbours. With the backing of South Africa’s top travel publications, Getaway, go!, DriveOut and Country Life, I was able to experience and photograph the best this extraordinary region has to offer.
My love for people and teaching made adding photographic safari guide to my repertoire in 2010 a natural evolution for me as photographer. There are few things as fulfilling as sharing a great sighting with my guests, and even more so when I’m able to help them capture those memories through the lens of a camera.”
Villiers is also a presenter on NatGeo Wild’s Caught in the Act, where he gives expert commentary on rare and interesting behaviour of leopards and other wild cats.