Anyone whose jaw has dropped in admiration watching the BBC's ‘Big Cat Diary' series or the ‘Elephant Diary' programmes, or who's been struck by outstanding wildlife photography, are in for a treat this November.
Three award-winning wildlife photographers are in London this November to give a presentation of their images and discuss how they study predators in and around the extraordinary, yet fragile Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya.
The event on 12 November has been arranged by the charity Friends of Conservation and all money raised will go to projects in the Mara region.
Jonathan Scott and Angie Scott who have both been acclaimed as wildlife photographers of the year will use their stunning photographs to illustrate the changing world of the Masai people and the impact this is having on the Mara and its wildlife. Both photographers have also worked closely with TV programmes such as BBC Big Cats series -Jonathan as a presenter and Angie as a stills photographer and game spotter.
Visitors will also be treated to pictures taken by Paul Goldstein, a Daily Telegraph travel photographer of the year and ‘Wanderlust' magazine wildlife photographer of the year. Paul is an award-winning wildlife photographer, conservationist, author and presenter who also leads photographic groups for exodus travels in the Mara.
The event is sponsored by Canon and supported by exodus and Kenya Airways. It is being held at 7 pm in the Great Hall, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2AZ. Tickets are £15 (£12 for students) or £18 including a pre-talk drinks reception. Tickets can be booked on www.foc-uk.com/events, or by calling 0207 603 5024, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
JONATHAN SCOTT - Jonathan Scott was born in London in 1949 and brought up on a farm in Berkshire. He attended Christ's Hospital school in Sussex before gaining a BSc Honours degree (2:1) in Zoology from Queen's University, Belfast, in Northern Ireland, in 1972. After a year in the US, in 1974 Jonathan traveled overland from London to South Africa followed by two years in Botswana.
Jonathan has lived in Kenya since 1977, and was based at Mara River Camp just outside the northern boundary of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve from 1977 to 1981. In those early years Jonathan acted as a guide and naturalists for visitors to the camp, gradually getting to know the best places to look for wildlife, particularly the big cats that had always fascinated him, refining his skills as a wildlife illustrator. He always loved to sketch and over the years has successfully published limited edition prints of his pen and ink drawings.
Jonathan Scott: Wildlife Photographer of the Year (1987); The African Travel and Tourism Association Award (1996); Royal Geographical Society Cherry Kearton Medal (1994)
Angie was born in Alexandria, Egypt and spent her childhood in Tanzania, developing an affinity for the sea that has never left her, recalling happy days beachcombing along the Indian Ocean coastline with her brother David at Dar es Salaam. Together, Jonathan and Angie have proved to be a prolific partnership, working together on their delicate pen and ink drawings, collecting material for their books and traveling around the world as wildlife photographers. Angie takes the production stills for Big Cat Week as well as being one of the game spotters.
Big Cat Week shown on primetime slot - BBC1 in 2003 - 'and was an instant hit with audiences, becoming the most popular wildlife series since the BBC 's Blue Planet three years earlier.' The series has gone from strength to strength, and in 2006 celebrated its first 10 years with the release of a one hour TV special featuring highlights from the past 10 years called Big Cat Diary - the Big Story.
Angie Scott: Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2002)
Paul Goldstein - is an award-winning wildlife photographer, conservationist, author and presenter. Paul is currently in the Mara leading groups on photographic safaris for exodus.
Paul Goldstein The Daily Telegraph's Travel Photographer of the Year 2004 and Wanderlust Magazine's Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004 & 2006.
Friends of Conservation (FOC) is an international charity committed to working closely with communities to protect wildlife and conserve their habitats. Originally set up some twenty five years ago to combat severe poaching of rhino in and around the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, FOC continues to support people living in the group ranches adjacent to the Reserve through various community and conservation programmes. www.foc-uk.com