One day, while visiting the Natural History Museum, by accident, I wandered into the wrong exhibit hall. To my surprise, I had entered the exhibition for the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. I was astounded by the winning photographs. I was transported visually to a world I had never witnessed before. I was mesmerized by the beautiful artworks on show—in particular, the winning image, Blue Iceberg by Cherry Alexander.

This wildlife exhibition was an uplifting experience and one I would repeat every year. Little did I know the profound effect it would have on my life in years to come.

After working in the finance industry in the City of London for 15 years, I needed a balance in my life. Wildlife photography became my yang! I quit my job.

And in 2005, Africa became the new chapter in my life. The sheer size and magnitude of this continent were overwhelming. From navigating the forests of Bwindi and climbing the peaks of Kilimanjaro through to meandering along the red dunes of the Kalahari, I started photographing Africa.

It may be a cliché, but it is true—photography has become my life. No matter where I am, my mind's eye is taking photographs. It has taught me to see the world in a different light, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

We never know what road we may take in life or the catalyst that changes our life forever. For me, it was a serendipitous wrong turn into the exhibit hall of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world's most prestigious wildlife photography competition, which incidentally I have won an astonishing three times.

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White-Backed Vulture, Kalahari

White-Backed Vulture, Kalahari

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

Powerful.

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Elephant Sunset, Etosha Pan, Namibia

Elephant Sunset, Etosha Pan, Namibia

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
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3 months ago

Gorgeous capture - I love the muted pastels of the sunset.

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Heart Of Darkness

Heart Of Darkness

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

Here’s a well-aged cat. Full of experience with the scars to prove it.

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Bull Elephant, Dust Bathing

Bull Elephant, Dust Bathing

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

It looks so stark.

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Dune On Fire, Namibia

Dune On Fire, Namibia

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Miss Cris
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3 months ago (edited)

Whaaats? I ever knew that was possible! And what a beautiful image on the other hand. Lovely colours.Thank you.

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Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

What is the difference between earth and sky?

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Black Rhino Charge

Black Rhino Charge

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catslave6
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3 months ago

You are still taking photos so I must presume you survived this. Totally intimidating, even just in a photo. ;>) This animal's power comes roaring out of this picture. Makes me want to run simply looking at it! Yikes! Holy cats! Run awaaaaayyyy!

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Lion Flehmen, Masai Mara, Kenya

Lion Flehmen, Masai Mara, Kenya

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E B
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3 months ago

That is actually a schnurfle (technical term here) - big cats have an olfactory organ at the roof of their mouth, when they do 'stinky face' they're trying to get a better sniff of something.

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Chimpanzee Dreaming, Uganda

Chimpanzee Dreaming, Uganda

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catslave6
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3 months ago

This is an amazing photo. I can't even imagine how still, quiet and calm you had to be to catch this beautiful being daydreaming. Just...WOW. I am in awe.

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Giraffe Sunrise

Giraffe Sunrise

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varwenea
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3 months ago

Stunning beyond words

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Deadvlei, Namibia

Deadvlei, Namibia

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Ununya Mallyick
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3 months ago

Absolutely terrific!!

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Tower Of Giraffes

Tower Of Giraffes

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Briar Lee Mitchell, EdD
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3 months ago

Beautiful photos Peter! It is such a delight to see someone there shooting these gorgeous animals with a camera and not a gun.

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Virginia's Tree, Storm Over Mara, Kenya

Virginia's Tree, Storm Over Mara, Kenya

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Debi Blackshaw
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3 months ago

I'd hang this on my wall

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Black Rhino Portrait

Black Rhino Portrait

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

I love the textures in this photo.

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Grey Ghosts Of Etosha, Namibia

Grey Ghosts Of Etosha, Namibia

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Maureen Peters
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3 months ago

Nice ghosts!

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Giraffe Tree

Giraffe Tree

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ArhomR
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3 months ago (edited)

I’d love this on my living-room wall.

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Zebra Dance, Addo, South Africa

Zebra Dance, Addo, South Africa

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Ojberretta Berretta
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3 months ago

arent they fightin`?

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Wildebees Trek, Kalahari

Wildebees Trek, Kalahari

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

In this one, I can almost taste the air.

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Leopard In Autumn

Leopard In Autumn

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

Love the camouflage on this cat.

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Deadvlei, Namibia

Deadvlei, Namibia

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Diane Patrick
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3 months ago

Looks like an abstract.

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#21

Storm Over The Karoo, South Africa

Storm Over The Karoo, South Africa

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Debi Blackshaw
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3 months ago

Gorgeous image

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#22

Heart Of Darkness

Heart Of Darkness

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catslave6
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3 months ago

Heart of darkness, indeed. True cat.

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Cheetah Mum And Baby

Cheetah Mum And Baby

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catslave6
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3 months ago

Teenager. Ya gotta keep an eye on 'em, or who knows what they might get up to.

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Lion And Cub, Father And Son

Lion And Cub, Father And Son

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

Nice contrast in young versus old. B&W photo reduces the distraction of colour.

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#25

Lappet-Faced Vulture, Botswana

Lappet-Faced Vulture, Botswana

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GrrlFriday
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3 months ago

THIS IS OUTSTANDING!!!!

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#26

Looking Back, Zebra Foal

Looking Back, Zebra Foal

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XxInstantKarmaxX
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3 months ago

Beatiful

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Kalahari Black-Maned Lion

Kalahari Black-Maned Lion

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Maureen Peters
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3 months ago

Lion with nice colors!

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Duke And Duchess, Masai Mara, Kenya

Duke And Duchess, Masai Mara, Kenya

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ArhomR
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3 months ago

Another great portait.

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Gemsbok, Kalahari

Gemsbok, Kalahari

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Mark Serbian
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3 months ago

They always look surprised ...

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Kalahari Lion Stare

Kalahari Lion Stare

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catslave6
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3 months ago

No mercy.

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