Jeff Carrier (United Kingdom)
For me, I probably never made a bigger decision – to give up all those comforts I had lived with for so many years. Why did I do it? Because I wanted to do something that could make a difference to the wild animals in South Africa. Driving along in search of the target species for that day, with the wind in your face and dodging leaves from overhanging trees, you will use an antenna and radio set to indicate the direction of where your chosen animal is located, eventually pin-pointing its position. And then the excitement begins… as you turn a corner and see the animal, whether it be a Lion, Lioness with cubs, or a Wild Dog resting after a hard night’s forage for food.
There is a feeling within you that you’ve never felt before, at the sight of these beautiful beasts in their natural habitat. It is indescribable and something that will stay with you forever. For me it has been an experience I will never forget. I have never woken up in the morning with such anticipation of what the day will bring and what sights I might see. In a small way I hope I am making a difference. And with my photos, I have immortalised some beautiful animals that are under threat.