About Andrew Aveley
Take some time and learn a little more about Andrew Aveley, the Wildlife & Nature Photographer and why I have a
passion for photography, Africa and her ethereal beauty.
I am a passionate man, husband and father, born and raised in Africa. My main core values are honesty, respect and integrity and this drives me every day in whatever challenge or task I face.
I have developed my craft and visual story telling over the past 21 years, and love sharing my work with others, so they may experience the majestic wild african bush through my eyes. The many hours spent just embracing Wild Africa, where my heart and passion lies, has formed an essential part of this journey. Here learning more about the Landscape, Flora and Fauna has guided me to create unique pieces of visual art.
I love bending the light to create works of art and my understanding of the fundamentals of light in photography is what is used to tell these African Stories. Most of my pieces of have been created under the African Sky with only silent thoughts, the quietness of nature, the camera and the light.
The love of sharing personal knowledge of both camera craft and the African Bush with people, is something I cherish when given the opportunity to do so. Not only will they experience the African Bush in its intoxicating beauty, but they can find their inspiration, creative flair and grow in their own photographic journeys.
Nature can be an unpredictable canvas, but applying my creative flair, knowledge and camera to capture a moment, I can save this moment before its lost forever, drawing the viewer in, and sharing the story.
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling.
If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
Sir Don McCullin
Jonathan and Angela Scott – The Big Cat People
Andrew you are a gentleman – and your work speaks for you. Keep following that pathway to bliss with energy and creativity – we will always look for your work. Warm regards – J and A
Philip and Nadine – Switzerland
Andrew is a great teacher and fantastic host. Our time in the bush was spectacular and he did everything in order to make our stay as pleasant and instructive as possible. He met the needs of every photographer on a very individual basis thus maximizing benefits for myself and the other participants.
Angela and Trevor – United Kingdom
Your professionalism in organising our time to best advantage and you humour in putting up with us made the trip. It was a wonderful trip and ranks really highly amongst the best we’ve ever done.
“Humility is the realization that not everything that happens in life is all about you. Things may work out well, but you may not have been the primary reason for their success.
Things may fail, but the failure may not have been your fault.”
Being recognised by your peers is always a humbling experience. These are some that I am very proud of:
Sony Pro Photo Awards – Winner 2009
Fuji / Getaway Photographer of the Year 2010
Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Finalist 2013/14
BBC Vieola Wildlife Photographer of the year – Finalist 2011/12/13/14/15
Africa Geographic photographer of the year -Finalist 2017
Natures Best Africa AWARDS – Finalist 2017
Wilderness Safaris Competition – Winner and runner up in Wildlife and Conservation photography 2019
Having your work shared in print and making a difference to conservation worldwide is extremely important to me.
Outdoorphoto Portfolio 1 – Coffee Table Book Contributor 2010
Outdoorphoto Portfolio 2 – Coffee Table Book Contributor 2014
Landrover Magazine – Contributor 2015
Remembering Elephants Project – Contributor 2015
Remembering Elephants Project – Contributor 2016
Remembering Rhino’s Project – Contributor 2017
Remembering Lions Project – Contributor 2019
E-BOOKS – Published Canon Focus System Series
Self Published – An African Wildlife Photographer in your bag
Self Published – An African Landscape Photographer in your bag
To share my passion and knowledge is something that I love to do. These have been amazing opportunities.
Knysna photographic Society 2012/15/16/18/19
Port Elizabeth Photographic Club 2013/2016
Canon South Africa Expo Presenter & Pro Services 2013, Roadshow Presenter 2014/2017, FESPA International Expo 2018, Eastern Cape Roadshow 2018, Photo & Video Expo 2019
Photo & film Expo 2014/2015/2016
Cape Town Photo Club 2014
Retro Focus Camera Club 2014
Cape Town WPOTY Exhibition Guest Speaker 2015
Knysna Arts Festival 2016
Getaway Show Workshops 2018
Photo Plus Africa 2018
I am a proud contributor to the Remembering Wildlife book initiative raising funds for nature conservation around the globe.
Visit the Remembering Wildlife website to contribute to this wonderful project. Four of my images appear in these publications.
Margot Raggett – Founder Remembering Wildlife
” Blown away by the kindness and the lengths our photographers go to for our cause, particularly in such a challenging year.
Thank you so much to all you have done to make a diffeerence to our wildlife…. “