Curriculum Vitae

Andrew Aveley Curriculum Vitae

Career Statement

Andrew Aveley Curriculum Vitae. I am a creative photographer, passionate about many different genres. I am a Specialised Photographic Guide, Public Speaker and registered Training Provider in Southern Africa. The main focus has been on wildlife, landscape and nature guiding with private guests from around the world. I have acquired more than seven years experience in just this field but with my photography in general more than 15 years working experience. My passion lies with teaching and helping all my clients and guests to grow as photographers.

Photographic Guiding Destinations

My personal portfolio is extensive and along with private safaris, I have been fortunate to cover many areas in Southern Africa. Below are a brief outline and list.

  • South Africa – Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Hoedspruit Area, Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • South Africa – Pumba and Kariega Private Game Reserve (E Cape)
  • South Africa – Zimanga Game Reserve Exclusive workshops host 2013 – 2015 (KZN)
  • South Africa – Madikwe, Jaci’s Lodge’s photographer in residence 2016/17 (N West)
  • Namibia – all regions, north to south for wildlife, landscape and culture
  • Namibia – Specialist Guiding at Carmine Bee Eater Colonies (Caprivi)
  • Botswana – Okavango Delta, Chobe River and National Park
  • East Africa – Maasai Mara, Mara Triangle, Amboseli and Coastal Region



Photographic Training and Tourism

Imaginative: Out of the box critical thinking approach. Over the last few years, I have become very proficient in various aspects of the industry. Below follows a summary of my specialities and qualifications.

Qualified Tour Guide – NQF Level 4 Certificate Number 613/C/110803. Registered in Western Cape WC 10331. Additional provinces being completed in 2017/2018

FGASA Member – Logged hours complete, practical complete with theory outstanding. Registration number 20246

Photographic Services

  • Architectural and Interior Lodge/Hotel Photographer
  • Food, Studio and Portraiture photography
  • Private Safari Guide
  • Various workshop and training programs presenter
  • Commercial Photographic Services
  • Videographer and Editing Service
  • Canvas print service for bespoke clients
  • Public and photographic motivational speaker

Photographic Development Software

  • Adobe Lightroom CC – Professional Trainer
  • Photoshop CC – Proficient
  • OnONE Software – Proficient
  • NIK Collection – Proficient

Canon South Africa Photographic Trainer

  • Canon Focus Systems training
  • Canon software Digital Photo Specialist
  • Canon image printing specialist
  • Canon workshop host and public speaker

Photographic Systems – Nikon, Olympus and Fuji (Proficient in all)

Photographic Mantra

One of the most important things in photographic training is the guest/client experience and that they get the best out of each and every situation. If I had to sum it up in one quote, it would be:


Social Media Platforms and Presence

These are my current platforms I am active on. Please click on each one for the link:

Personal Website: www.andrewaveley.co.za

Facebook Personal: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.aveley

Facebook Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/AndrewAveleyPhotography/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewaveley/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-aveley-a16b6714/



These are a few of the words received from guests that have joined me. For more, the link https://www.andrewaveley.co.za/about-andrew-aveley/testimonials/

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


With Reference to Andrew Aveley – Roger Machin Canon South Africa

Canon South Africa has had an on-going partnership with Andrew Aveley for several years. We have employed him to present training sessions for beginners, workshops for enthusiasts and presentations to a vast variety of end-users with a very wide range of skill sets.

Andrew has proved to be technically competent to speak to any level of photographer about a very wide range of shooting techniques and styles and is welcome back to any of our events for the future.

When he speaks articulately with a pleasing tongue-in-cheek style that appeals to most photographers. Andrew is equally comfortable talking to small groups in a classroom or event crowds bigger than 1000 in auditoriums. I have no hesitation in recommending him for any photo/video related teaching / presenting environment.


Sarsha & Joanne – The Island of Aus

Our trip would not have been complete without Andrew Aveley and spending time with a professional photographer and teacher. Andrew was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge. Both Sarsha and I had the time of our lives learning from Andrew – and spending a lot of time chatting with some very cool bush stories, topped with lots of South African and sarcastic humour. Andrew allowed us to explore simple but very effective ways of using the camera, and the shots we achieved from the holiday are amazing and very satisfying. We will have the pleasure of enlarging a number of them for framing to capture our memories on our home walls. Each time we look at them, we will have memories galore. We had such fun and gained not only a new love of the camera and taking pictures, but more importantly, a new friend.”


Philip and Nadine  from Switzerland shared these words

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. 


Feedback from Donald with his thoughts and I thank him for them …

I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Andrew Aveley, for his exceptional patience and tolerance shown in both the photographic workshops and in the seeking to find such incredible shooting opportunities, in the wildlife sought, both on the game vehicle, by foot and in the various hides, which this amazing Game Reserve offers.  

His dedication and passion for what he clearly so enjoys were always very evident.  A truly wonderful and amazing experience, which knowledge passed on to me will always be appreciated and long remembered.  Thank you.  


Feedback from Francois with his thoughts after completing the Lightroom 101 Course and I thank him for them …

Andrew, I really enjoyed the opportunity to share your knowledge of Lightroom in particular and photography in general. The small attending group was great in order to deal with each of our particular challenges. Thanks for all the tips. Well done.



These are a few of the accolades and achievements I have received over my years as a photographer https://www.andrewaveley.co.za/about-andrew-aveley/achievements/



Guest Speaker  Canon Roadshow October / November 2017  – EXPOSURE Creative Wildlife Photography

Speaker for Canon South Africa at FESPA International Expo – Canon workflow and print preparation

South African Professional Photographers – Associateship Awarded for Wildlife, Landscape and Sport Photography

Africa Geographic Yearbook –  Image Contributor | Finalist – Africa Geographic photographer of the year

Remembering Rhino’s Project –  Image Contributor


Wildshots 2016 Cape Town Guest Speaker

Remembering Elephants Project –  Image Contributor


Wildshots 2015 Johannesburg Guest Speaker

Photo & Film Expo Guest Speaker

  • Contrast and Light
  • The Hidden Photographer
  • Lightroom in Practice

Landrover Magazine – Contributor

BBC Veolia Photographer of the Year – Finalist 2015 – Categories Black and White / Environmental


Photo & film Expo – The Hidden Photographer Presentation.

Outdoorphoto Portfolio 2 – Coffee Table Book Contributor

Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Finalist

BBC Veolia Photographer of the Year – Finalist 2014 – Categories Black and White / Environmental / Wild Places



Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards – Finalist

BBC Veolia photographer of the Year – Finalist – Categories – Black and White / Wild Places

Canon Photographic 2013 Expo Presenter & Pro Services for Wildlife – Sandton Convention Centre




BBC Veolia photographer of the Year – Finalist 2012- Categories – Black and White / Gerald Durrell Award

Canon Photographic 2012 Expo Presenter & Pro Services for Wildlife – Sandton Convention Centre




Fuji / Getaway Photographer of the Year 2011 – Runner-Up | Wildlife

BBC Veola photographer of the Year – Finalist 2011 Categories – Black and White / Wild Places / Portraits



Outdoorphoto Portfolio 1  – Coffee Table Book Contributor

Fuji / Getaway Photographer of the Year 2010 – Winner | Animal General

Fuji / Getaway Photographer of the Year 2010 – Runner-Up | People in Nature


Personal Details

Full Name:             Andrew Charles Aveley

Date of birth:        05 April 1973

ID Number:           On Request

Marital Status:      Married + 2 Dependants

Home Address:    On Request

Postal Address:    Po Box 1309 Knysna 6570

Drivers Licenses:  Code 8 with PDP

Language:              English & Afrikaans



High School: York High School, George. Matriculated 1990 with an exemption

Achievements: Junior Taalbond Exam 1990 – Passed with distinction

Subjects: English, Afrikaans, Maths, Accountancy, Business Economics, Geography

Tertiary Studies: PE Technical College Electrics N1/N2


Military Service

1 Year National Service 1991

44 Parachute Battalion and Section Leader – 101 Air Supply Units

(Rigger on CDS and PLEDS platforms)

(Team Leader on Dakota Aircraft)

(Checker class 2 on CDS Platforms)


Volunteer Experience

NSRI Station 12 Crewman 10 Years – Crewman of the year 2004

Roundtable 59 Knysna Member 3 years – Tabler of the year 2001

Knysna Deep Sea Club – Safety Officer 3 years

Southern Cape Deep Sea Association – Provincial Safety Officer 5 years


Personal Achievements

Schools Rugby – First Team / Schools Cricket – Second Team

League Golf – 6 Handicap Player

Knysna Business League Night Cricket – Captain of Team 59

Knysna League Cricket – Second Team

Knysna Deep Sea Club Colours – Fishing & Safety

Provincial Colours – Bottom and Tuna Angling

International Tag and Release Angler – Mauritius & Kenya

South African Deep Sea Angling Association Tuna Nationals 2004 Team Member

Provincial and Club Record Holder of approximately 8 Line class and Species categories (All Current)

South African Deep Sea Angling Association Meritorious Fish Award – 50kg plus club

2 X Kingfisher Bronzes 3 to 1 Club Awards & 1 Kingfisher Meritorious 50kg Club Award


Marine Qualifications

Commercial Certificate of Competency – 40 Nautical Mile Day / Night on vessels greater than 9m under 25 gross Tons No: 011572

RT VHF Operators License | First Aid – Level 3 | Survival at Sea 2 Day | Pre Sea Induction

Basic Fire Fighting | Basic Rescue Swimmer Training – ORYX Helicopters (NSRI)

Surf Launch Certification (NSRI)


Marine & Legal Accreditations

Commissioner of Oaths – Knysna Safety Officer 9/1/8/2 Knysna

South African Maritime Safety Authority

Theory & Practical Examiner for Vessels <9m and >9m in length

  • Skipper – Local Waters (restricted) and R
  • Day Skipper – Category E, C and B
  • Coastal Skipper


  • Dive Skipper
  • Surf Launching on the South & East Coast

Pre Sea Induction training – Vessels <9m under 25 Gross Tons

Small Vessel Surveyor – Sport and Recreation along with limited commercial authorization for all vessels <9m and >9m

Work History

1992 – 1999 | F& A Air-conditioning – Garden Route & Surrounds

Completed Apprentice in Electrical and Refrigeration. Supervisor and Installer of Commercial Refrigeration / Air-conditioning Systems and Residential Split units | Project Manager | Estimator

Reason for Leaving: Decided to further personal interests in Knysna and work for me

1999 – 2015 | Knysna Eleco – Garden Rote and National Distribution

Owner / Manager Canvas and Allied products manufacturing business in Knysna. Specialize in Custom marine canvas work and general covers, awnings and pool covers

Reason for Leaving: Decided to follow a full-time photographic career in guiding and teaching

2008 – Present | Anchors Away Sea School

Marine Safety Consultant, examiner, lecturer and trainer (Part Time involvement as required)

2008 – 2015 | Andrew Aveley Photography – Part Time Guide and photographer

2015 – present | Andrew Aveley | the photographer full-time professional


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