I first went to Africa in 1989 when I visited Kenya. It was an amazing experience and I’ve since visited several other countries. A few years ago I realised that I wanted my visits to involve giving back to the community in some way. So, in 2017 I was part of a group that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for UNICEF Australia. Since then I’ve been involved in volunteer projects in Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
These latter visits opened my eyes to the issues surrounding wildlife conservation and maintaining a good standard of living for local people. People living in third world countries see the standard of living enjoyed by those of us lucky enough to live in ‘first world’ countries and, naturally, want the same. One solution I’ve experienced is in Kanha in India, which I visited in 2018. Here the local community are part of the tiger reserve there; they have employment and a vested interest in making sure the local tigers survive.
As part of my commitment to conservation, 10% of the proceeds from all of my fine art photography sales will go to conservation projects.