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Jeremy Stephenson - Young Photographer Guide

Meet the incredible professional photographers, who will be showing you the ropes on selected Young Photographer trips. 

Who is Jeremy Stephenson?

Jeremy Stephenson is a passionate photographer and wildlife lover. He grew up in Tanzania and developed his skills in the national parks, learning about the landscape and how to capture the perfect shot on family camping trips in the bush. His work has now been published in the acclaimed work En-Kata and he runs workshops to help improve the skills of others.


Check out a selection of Jeremy's inspiring images below:

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A lioness yawning
A lioness yawning
A hippo emerges
A giraffe sticks its neck out
A parade of elephants
Dancing giraffes
A dhow in Zanzibar
Three wise men
Laughing locals

When did you first pick up a camera?

I was 12 or 13 when my father gave me a second hand all manual Minolta SLR, after I'd started using his for a while!

What /who inspired you to become a photographer?
My father was my first inspiration. When we moved to Africa he bought an SLR and some longer lenses for our family camping safaris in Tanzania's National Parks. My love of photography and wild Africa developed together.

Top tip for taking the perfect shot?
Take your time, observe what's going on around you and identify the elements that define the scene for you.

Best travel experience so far?
I was on foot with 300 young Maasai in an initiation ceremony in the Ngorongoro Crater. The sun was setting, and I was running to keep up with them and frame as many shots as I could to convey the amazing spectacle. But really, the photos don't do any justice to the images and memories I have in my head and heart of 300 excited youths beneath the majestic walls of the caldera.
Last but not least, if you were an animal, which would you be and why?....
I'd have to go for the lion. Although they can be very lazy and boring for 20 hours a day, when they do get up they move with an air of purpose and strength that always grips me.

Find out more about Jeremy Stephenson