Paul Martens has been at the forefront of Western Canadian photography for over twenty years. His keen interest was incubated in his teens and quickly developed into a thriving Winnipeg-based studio with a client list of the top regional cultural, business and Industrial entities. Paul is currently Creative Director for Palliser Furniture Ltd a major international furniture manufacturer.
A photo safari to South Africa in 1996 triggered an instant love affair that shows no signs of abating. Now a part-time resident of Hermanus on the southern tip of the Cape, Paul’s respect and awe for the natural splendor of the sub-continent are evident in his breathtaking and deeply personal images. For armchair tourists and seasoned travelers alike, a Paul Martens photograph is a visual touchstone of an exotic, stunningly beautiful world.
His new book: Cats of Africa features some of the cats he photographed at Okonjima. The book is about the 10 cats of Africa and includes a text by well know predator researcher Luke Hunter. The price is R250 and is available from leading book stores and the Kalahari website.
Spectacular and sought-after species – lions, cheetahs and leopards. Yet, alongside the big three, Africa is home to a further seven species of cat far less conspicuous than their larger cousins. Of these, the caracal, serval and African wildcat are marginally better known, while few people have seen the remaining four – the black-footed cat, African golden cat, jungle cat and sand cat. Rarely observed and little understood, most have never been the focus of dedicated scientific research.
This book covers all 10 species. Inevitably, the bias is towards the large, well-studied cats but it includes all that is known about the smaller species, including observations and data from their Asian range or from captivity to fill in some gaps. Chapters deal with evolution and anatomy, predation, social systems, reproduction and survival, competition and continent. Supported by a wealth of dramatic and beautiful images, this is a comprehensive overview of the cat family in Africa – from the famous and popular African parks with their celebrated, safari-friendly fields, to the few remaining places on the continent un-inhabited by people, where a wild cat may spend its entire life without feeling the effects of human presence.
Unfortunately, such untrammeled freedom is now rare. The challenges facing cats in Africa are profound. Only one, the ubiquitous domestic cat, does not require dedicated conservation activity to ensure its survival for the next century. More than at any time in history, the fate of Africa’s wild cats is in our hands.
Gerald Hinde spent 30 years as Managing Director of a large family motor business before shedding his business cares in 1989 for his first love: life in the African bush. He has won a string of photographic awards in competitions, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition., Agfa Wildlife Awards (overall winner, 2000), UN Environment Program International Wildlife Photographic Competition and the Fuji Profoto Awards. His photographs appear in Gamedrive, Leopard, An African Experience and Africa’s Big Five, as well as Images from a Timeless Wilderness and Catching the Moment. His work has been published widely in national and international magazines, and on calendars and postcards.
Luke Hunter is a conservation biologist with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society where he heads their Global Carnivore Program. Hunter has conducted fieldwork on large cats in Africa since 1992, focusing on efforts to restore species to areas of their former range. His doctorate examined the behavior and ecology of reintroduced cheetahs and lions in South Africa, and evaluated the effectiveness of reintroduction as a tool to re-establish populations of large cats. His current projects include assessing the effects of sport hunting and illegal persecution on leopards outside protected areas, an analysis of the conservation needs of large carnivores across continental Africa, and the first intensive study of wolves, striped hyenas, Persian leopards and the last surviving Asiatic cheetahs in Iran. Hunter has contributed to over 50 scientific papers and popular articles, and has written four books including Cheetah (Struik, 2003)
For more information visit :www.geraldhinde.com
Martin Harvey worked as a field ranger for the National Parks in Zimbabwe and Natal Parks Board in South Africa before eventually becoming a professional wildlife photographer in 1993.
He has photographed in over 43 countries around the world, from the Arctic regions of North America to the deserts of Australia. However the last few years have been largely confined to photographing endangered species, indigenous people and travel scenes and destinations throughout Africa for several upcoming books.
His photos have been published in magazines and books throughout the word and include publications such as National Geographic World, BBC Wildlife, Geo, Natural History, International Wildlife and many others. Martin is frequently commissioned by The World Wide Fund for Nature to cover conservation projects. He also donates large numbers of pictures to conservation organisations such as WWF, IUCN and the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Assignments for WWF International include tigers and Indian wildlife, mountain gorillas, bush meat in Central Africa, African forest elephant, Ethiopian wolf, endangered species worldwide, endangered Australian wildlife.
Martin has received numerous photographic awards and commendations in both the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Agfa Wildlife Awards.
He has one book titled ‘African Predators’ released in October 2002.
Another book ‘Africa – Continent of Contrasts’ has been published in August 2005
To contact Martin please visit :www.wildimagesonline.com
Office Tel: +27 12 664-4789 Mobile: +27 (82) 295-0373 (Martin)
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I was a full-time Art teacher until taking early retirement nine years ago. My photographic activities have been extensive since the mid-1970s. I had numerous one-man exhibitions between 1985-1995 including The Royal Photographic Society in 1990 and the Dublin Photographic Centre in 1991. For many years I was involved in running workshops at the Royal Photographic Society. I have became a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990. I was awarded The RPS Fenton Medal for 1991.
My work has evolved from large format landscapes through to African/Falkland Islands wildlife, UK/USA landscape. I regularly enter international salons with a lot of success. I am very involved with wildlife photography and landscape, all work is now taken with digital cameras. I have many more trips planned for Africa. My work has been in exhibitions in nine countries in at least forty different exhibitions. For more examples of my work visit my website: www.barrymead-photography.com