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Namibia 2012, Andy and the Rhino

Andy’s recent trip to Namibia was an amazing adventure, and in true adventure form, he had a close encounter with one of the subjects of his photographs. Check out the video about Andy and the rhino here!

“A lot of the time I am hired to photograph a country, a wine area, etc. and I know exactly where I’m going, I know exactly what the project looks like. But then again there are shoots like Namibia, where I went just because I have always wanted to go. I fell in love with the place and got in touch with this children’s organization, Children in the Wilderness, and came up with the idea to do a book where all of the proceeds will go to the kids. Namibia is something that I’ll finish after three shoots.”- Andy Katz

Children in the Wilderness is an environmental and life skills educational program that focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers. It is one of the few programs aimed at bridging the divide that exists between communities and wildlife.

Namibia is a strikingly beautiful country of desert dunes, woodland savannah, open plains, and river valleys.

“During my recent trip I was also fortunate to meet Garth Owen- Smith, who with Margaret Jacobsohn is responsible for the protection of the wildlife in North- Western Namibia.” – Andy

In the early-1980s, in Kunene Province in North-Western Namibia, Owen-Smith and Jacobsohn created an innovative anti-poaching program. Owen-Smith and Jacobsohn provided an early template for community-based conservation. They won the trust of traditional leaders in the Kunene region, who agreed to appoint local people as community game guards and work with local NGOs to promote an increased sense of stewardship over wildlife in their region of Namibia. Empowering local communities continues to be a powerful approach to conservation and Owen-Smith and Jacobsohn’s program has been used as a model for communities throughout Africa.

Andy will be traveling back to Namibia for two more photo expeditions to complete his book documenting the amazing landscape and biodiversity. Stay tuned for more Behind the scenes stories and imagery.

CAMERA INFO

SONY Alpha900

Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec, F-Stop: f/14.0, lens: 70 -400mm