In anticipation of World Rhino Day on 22 September 2018, we asked five Wild Shots photographers to share a rhino picture close to their hearts. Learn from 14 of world’s most acclaimed nature and wildlife photographers at the Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium on 1 December 2018.

What better way to celebrate the beauty and heritage of our rhinos this World Rhino Day (22 September) than with inspiring moments captured by some of the world’s best nature and wildlife photographers?

Change the way you photograph the natural world and learn from the best at 2018’s Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium on 1 December 2018. On offer is a day filled with insightful presentations and a chance to rub shoulders with award-winning photographers from around the globe.

Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium 2018

Date: 1 December 2018
Venue: Nedbank Auditorium, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Time: 08:30-18:30

Keynote speaker: Brent Stirton, 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Other speakers: Allen Walker, Andre Cloete, Britta Jaschinski, David Gulden, Hannes Lochner, Marcus Jooste, Peter and Beverley Pickford, Staffan Widstrand, Dennis Smith, Jonathon Critchley, Edwin Morolong, Mike Kendrick

At Mom’s side

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With rhino under threat of extinction, encountering a cow and calf is especially poignant – a precious moment of hope. Brent Stirton photographed this mom and baby in iMfolozi Game Reserve as part of a photo essay examining rhino poaching and its impact on people and the planet. He won top honours in last year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition with his series Memorial to a Species. At Wild Shots symposium, he will be delving into the crisis facing conservation and how to get the message across.

Magical sunset

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This black rhino at sunset greeting the night ticks all the boxes. The distinctive silhouette is immediately recognisable while its placement in the landscape highlights the animal’s vulnerability. Photographer Andre Cloete has been at it since 1990 when he received his very first SLR camera. This passionate photographer and birder founded C4 Images and Safaris with Shem Compion in 2004. Andre will share with Wild Shots attendees exactly how to capture Africa’s unforgettable moments.

Reflective duo

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This reflection of a black rhino mother and calf creates a poetic work of art. The rippling, wavy lines of the mirror image evoke the impermanence of the species’ future. The creators behind this photograph are passionate travellers Peter and Beverly Pickford, who have written and illustrated nine acclaimed books. The duo will take the audience on a four-year journey to the planet’s last remaining wilderness destinations.

Bird and beast

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Capturing an intimate moment between a red-billed oxpecker and gigantic white rhino, Staffan Widstrand vividly illustrates how two wildly different different species can peacefully co-exist. This Swedish photographer has been a Nikon Ambassador since 1997. When it comes to wildlife photography, he knows what he’s doing: Staffan boasts 11 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards on his shelf. He will be speaking on the power of photography to inspire new audiences to protect the natural world.

The shape of love

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Lucky Mahlatsi, Wild Shots Outreach student, took this photograph at the dehorning of a white rhino. He was captivated by the horn’s centre, the shape of a heart. It’s a striking image that gets you thinking… The founder of Wild Shots Outreach, Mike Kendrick, will explain how the programme engages South Africa’s youth with wildlife and conservation photography.

Wild Shots early bird special

Buy tickets online before 30 September 2018 and save R200. Register now for Wild Shots and you will pay R750 instead of R950 per person for a full delegate package (includes entry to the full programme of events, presentations and panel discussions, book signings, book exhibition area, lunch and refreshments, and a delegate pack).