Armand moved to Australia at the age of 9, he always looked forward with great anticipation to our South African holiday and visiting his favourite place on earth; the Kruger National Park. Armand would force his parents to endure driving all day in the blistering heat in order for him to thoroughly experience and enjoy the full wildlife adventure, immersing himself completely in the sights, sounds and smells of African bushveld!
It was this extraordinary experience that brought him back to South Africa at the age of 19 to pursue his dream of being a Professional Wildlife Photographer.
He purchased his first Fine-Art Photographic Book, ‘The Dark Side of the Kalahari’ in 2014, which inspired him to pursue his dream relentlessly, and led him to some of the most breathtaking and remote places of Southern Africa!
Today he is fortunate enough to operate a photographic safari company and various photo and film projects in the Greater Kruger Region of South Africa and in the Okavango and Savuti Regions of Botswana, living out his dream daily while sharing his special experiences with people from across the globe.
BORN: 16 January 1993 in Bloemfontein, Freestate Province, South Africa.
LIVES: Kampersrus, Limpopo, South Africa.
FAVOURITE SUBJECT: The African predators, with the leopard being at the top of the list!
Certificate of Ethology (animal behaviour) specializing in African Predators.
Certificate of Lodge Management.
Certificate of Professional Photography.
Certificate of Level 2 Field Guiding Association of South Africa (FGASA).
Go Magazine Wildlife Photography Competition Winner – 2013 (‘Elephant Itch’ Photograph).
Sky News Attribution – Elephant Itch Photograph.
Go Magazine Attribution for Multiple Articles.
Africa Geographic Magazine Attribution for Multiple Articles.
Wildlife Photography Magazine Attribution on Kruger Park Article.
HPH Publishing Contribution of Two Stories in ‘Photo Tales’ Book – Second Edition
Hannes is a multi-award-winning photographer who has been a professional wildlife photographer since 2007.
He has always been fascinated by the arid regions of southern Africa, and the Kalahari was on top of his list. His name is synonymous with the Kgalagadi in general- and leopards in particular.
Hannes has produced five magnificent photographic collections, three of which were dedicated entirely to the Kalahari. To achieve this, he lived in the Kalahari for six years, where he spent hundreds of hours capturing inspiring images of this captivating landscape and its enigmatic inhabitants.
Hannes has an extraordinary talent for composition and his wizardry with light allows him to create photographs that communicate the essence of the animals and landscapes telling their story. It is his passion for art that enables him to stand out as a master in an era where photography has become everyman‘s game. It is his mastery of the art that enables him to continually create photographic volumes that one simply can‘t overlook.
Hannes has been recognized internationally receiving several awards over several years from the prestigious BBC‘s Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Natures Best Awards, SIPA etc. – competitions. Also, a great number of his photos and articles have been published in both national South African press as well as in well known international publications.
The books Hannes has published so far are Colours of Southern Africa, Colours of the Kalahari and The Dark Side of the Kalahari, Kalahari Photo tips: Photographer on Location and Planet Okavango.
Noa Köfler, his wife, joined him in 2010 to do all the film work on the “Dark Side of the Kalahari” project, for example, “A day in a Wildlife Photographers Life” & the Promo video of the third, fourth and fifth publication
Quinn was born in Zimbabwe and is purely African, not just by birth but also in his attachment to the wild places that he grew up in.
Being raised in one of Africa’s truly wild areas allowed him to create a
relationship with the wild animals that can only be found in a few remaining places on the planet. In the year 2000 he became a licensed guide in Zimbabwe and spent his time immersing himself and his clients in wild areas both state and private.
The progression to capturing his experiences on camera was a very natural progression, allowing him to share with others what he gets to experience on a daily basis.
His knowledge of the technical side of photography and his understanding of the animals and environments that he works in have allowed him to capture some truly unique and breathtaking images.
Not one to settle into the routine he is always trying to capture never been done shots and discover new techniques and technologies to help him improve his craft.
He is always ready to pass on what he has learnt to people and that is one of the reasons he is truly one of Africa’s premier guides and photographers.