Or visit us on the web www.wildlifeworldwide.com7Wildlife Photography with Nick Garbutt - a reportEvery day there were special encounters and superb photo opportunities.""It was day one, the sun was just creeping over the horizon and we'd barely been out of camp for 10 minutes. There was an obvious commotion just ahead - wildebeest scattering in all directions, running through the billowing plumes of dust they'd created. We approached through the clearing clouds, to find a panic-stricken wildebeest struggling for its life; the vice-like jaws of a spotted hyena clamped to a rear leg. It was instantly clear there would be only one outcome. Already exhausted, the wildebeest soon succumbed and within seconds more hyenas arrived and the hapless animal was dispatched in an excited feeding frenzy. The immediacy of the action had taken all of us by surprise, but soon shutters were firing, one burst after another. This was nature, red in tooth and claw, and made for compelling action photography. This first encounter set the tone for our week in the Mara. Every day there were special encounters and superb photo opportunities. In between the action and game drives, there was time to enjoy our super camp, work through photos and go over various photography and digital processing techniques. By the end it was hard to imagine, we'd seen so much in a week and it certainly had everyone craving more and planning their next photo safari.And here's just a taster from last year's trip to the Masai Mara, from Nick himself:
8Talk to an expert 0845 130 6982Festival of WildlifeWildlife Worldwide developed this unique annual event in 2004 and ran the fi rst Festival of Wildlife to the game reserves of Kenya in support of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Mara Research. It was hailed as a huge success, with over 50 clients attending, along with wildlife experts, photographers, journalists and artists. Since then, 'Festival' has become an annual event, with the same core concepts running through:. An iconic wildlife venue . Charismatic wildlife experts, celebrities and journalists attend by invitation. Talks are given each day and evening by local wildlife experts. A strong conservation ethic - with money raised and donated to support specifi c charities. Arts, local crafts and photography always a strong theme. Extensions and options designed for those who wish to see more of the country before and/or after the festivalSince the fi rst festival, countless wildlife experts have attended, guided or given talks at the event. Top travel journalists Lyn Hughes of Wanderlust magazine and Sophie Stafford of BBC Wildlife Magazine, TV personalities like Jonathan Scott and the BBC's zoologist Mark Carwardine, wildlife artists David Shepherd, Jonathan Truss and Mandy Shepherd, award-winning photographer Nick Garbutt, plus a range of local experts from the rainforests of Madagascar, the islands of the Galapagos and the parks of Tanzania, India and British Columbia.Experts and personalitiesthe festival is a unique concept ""The next exciting adventure will be in Baja California, Mexico, in March 2011 - the main focus being on whale-watching. Please call if you are interested.2010's Festival of Wildlife was held in Brazil. Charles Kinsey, who travelled to the Pantanal, commented: "The main reason for writing is to thank you so much for all your hard work in making the Festival itself such a success. It more than lived up to my expectations and I know that you worked extremely hard to ensure that we had the best time possible. The jaguar sightings were amazing and I did not expect these wonderful animals to be so active during the day - swimming and hunting etc. In particular, the time when some of us observed a jaguar causing trouble to a family of giant river otters and then successfully hunting a caiman was one of the best hours of wildlife watching I have ever experienced! The bird life was quite extraordinary and both the birds and animals were easier to photograph than I had anticipated. In the talks, I learned an enormous amount about the wildlife as well as local tourism and environmental issues. I also greatly valued the time spent with me by the professional photographers to help me improve my photography."