Fancy rubbing shoulders with the world’s best wildlife photographers? It’s time for the annual Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium and we can’t wait!

For the past seven years the world’s most talented photographers have been coming together to give advice, showcase their work and share the fascinating stories behind gripping wildlife shots. This year, the Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium will be held on 2 November 2019 in Cape Town. Enthusiasts of wildlife photography can look forward to a line-up of more than 10 speakers from five different countries.

Celebrated German photographer Michael Poliza will take the stage as this year’s keynote speaker. Michael’s extraordinary wildlife shots have won him various awards. His first coffee table book, Africa, was published in 2006 and speaks of his love for Africa. It was also a widely discussed photo book at the time. Michael constantly reinvents himself and has been an actor, IT-entrepreneur and expedition leader, as well as a professional photographer. He is now a travel designer for Michael Poliza Private Travel.

Picture by Michael Poliza

Jacques Marais and Colin Bell are also among the outstanding speakers. Jacques Marais regularly contributes photos and articles to some the best travel and outdoor publications (including Wild), locally as well as abroad.

Adidas International slack-line athletes conquer the ‘Nyami-Nyami Line’ across the Victoria Falls gorge, between Zimbabwe and Zambia

Safari guide turned author Colin Bell and co-author Don Pinnock recently published The Last Elephants. This fascinating story about Africa’s elephants and the dangers they face, is told by over 40 researchers, conservationists, activists, photographers, poets and rangers. Even the British royal family is involved: HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, provided the foreword.

Picture courtesy of Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium

Also read: The Last Elephants: are these majestic animals facing extinction?

Other speakers include Chris Fallows, Janine Krayer, Villiers Steyn, Aubrey Tseleng, Jay Roode, Isaac Kalio, Ian Michler and Mike Kendrick.

Early bird special

Register online before 1 September 2018 and only pay R750 for a full delegate package. Thereafter, tickets sell for R950. The full delegate package includes entry to the entire programme of events, presentations and panel discussions by award-winning photographers, book signings, exhibition area, lunch and refreshments, and a delegate pack. Pensioners (over 65 years) and students will pay R750 per person. Send an email to [email protected] for more information.