FULLY BOOKED | Reflections on Wildlife Photography With Heinrich van den Berg

Multi-award winning photographer, filmmaker, publisher and writer, Heinrich van den Berg, has become a master in garnering invaluable experiences capturing images of the African continent and its’ contents.

In 1998 Heinrich left his profession as a civil engineer to become a full-time wildlife photographer. Since then he has travelled the world photographing wildlife, culture and adventure sport with a unique artistic eye.

Join us to listen how Heinrich has forged his career, how he got those special shots and how you can do the same.

Learn how to:

  • Look at the wildlife photography world in a holistic way.
  • Think before photographing.
  • Plan images or projects instead of just going out to photograph.


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South African-based photographer and film-maker Heinrich van den Berg (46) specializes in nature, environmental and travel photography, as well as in wildlife film-making. He has spent many years in the field, capturing images of African wildlife and the natural beauty of the continent. He has photographed exclusively with Canon equipment for 29 years.
Highly acclaimed as a wildlife and nature photographer, he has won various international photographic awards.
• He was the first photographer to win the Eric Hoskings Award of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year for two consecutive years (also known as the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year). Since then he has been awarded 5 times in this competition.
• He has also won the international Camel Trophy Photographic Competition, and was one of the official international photographers for the Camel Trophy in 1998.
• In addition, he was the overall winner of the international Fuji Getaway Photographer of the Year award in 2005.
In 1998 Van den Berg left his profession as a civil engineer to become a full-time wildlife photographer. Since then he has travelled the world photographing wildlife, culture and adventure sport with a uniquely artistic eye. Van den Berg’s photographs are known for breaking boundaries and depicting the natural world in a fresh and evocative way.


Although he specializes in environmental photography, Van den Berg has a gift for photographing the charm and idiosyncrasies of people in their natural environment. He is an experimental photographer always on the lookout to capture his subjects from a unique perspective.
He is a teacher at heart, and enjoys inspiring young photographers.
Van den Berg has done assignment photography for Getty Images, Discovery Communications, GEO, Terra, GQ, The Peaceparks Foundation, BHP Billiton, Gallo Images, and National Geographic Books.

Images from his highly-acclaimed book Shades of Nature were chosen to be used for the prestigious Amani yearly calendar for 2017. Previous photographers represented include Yann-Arthus Bertrand, Sebastiao Salgado and Robert Capa.

Since 2010 Van den Berg has been involved in wildlife filming, including producing and filming various promotional films for clients. In 2016 he was involved in the filming of Storm Cats, an hour-long documentary for Nat Geo Wild. He did all of the time lapse photography, as well as filming. He was also involved in filming Kim Wolhuter for BBC.
Apart from his photographic and filming skills, he is experienced in the field of publishing, having photographed and published more than 30 photographic books. To ensure that the quality of images is maintained from the field to the printed page, Van den Berg is intimately involved with the reproduction and printing process – from the colour correction to the design and final production of his sought-after wildlife books. He is the founder and owner of the publishing company HPH Publishing.

The book Reflection, photographed and written by Heinrich van den Berg, was awarded a Gold Medal in the Coffee Table Book category of the international 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Sacred Nature, a book Van den Berg published for Canon Ambassador Jonathan and Angela Scott, was also awarded a Gold Medal in the photography category of the same international competition.
He has published a series of five phototips books, of which he has written three. He has also produced five interactive phototips CD-ROM, as well as an online Phototips Training Video Series.