We've watched in awe at the enormous achievements of the Wild Shots Outreach team over the past few years. Their mission is to engage young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife and wild places through photography.
The programme prioritises high school students from government schools and the young unemployed bordering the Kruger National Park.
It teaches new skills, providing a “focus” and introduction to the natural world and helps inspire and raise the aspirations of these learners through photography – the conservationists of tomorrow.
It was was a life changing experience for us, as well as the students from Wild Shots Outreach when we took 12 young aspiring photographers on an aerial photography workshop this past weekend.
We will never forget how mind altering it was the first time I climbed into the seat of a light aircraft and saw the world from above. It is a privilege to be able to offer the same experience to others and watch these young peoples faces light up with joy and wonderment as the wheels left the ground and we entered the realm of eagles.
To find out more about the incredible work Wild Shots Outreach is doing and to get involved please visit www.wildshotsoutreach.org
Many thanks to Mike Kendrick and Harriet Nimmo for making it all happen, as well as to the students for being brave enough to reach for the skies!