Gerry van der Walt

I believe that my passion and photography speaks for itself and my goal is to keep on creating images that will keep an awareness of our planet’s natural heritage in people’s minds.

By combining a passion for travel and nature photography with my education and more than 15 years experience as a field guide and lodge manager, my goal is to not only assist people, whether through teaching them new skills or pushing them creatively in capturing the beauty of nature, but also to create an awareness of the fragile balance that exists in nature.

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Gerry van der Walt


15 January 1976

Been with WE since

Day 1 (August 2011)

Time in the industry

Since 2003

I prefer to shoot with

Currently shooting OM Systems as it’s a great combination of image quality and a great photographic experience.

Areas of expertise

Nature photography, creative photography, Lightroom and Photoshop, NIK Filters, TopazLab, digital workflow.

Favourite destination

Svalbard and Arctic

Memorable encounter

Coincides with one of my favorite images. We were on a zodiac next to a small island in the north of Svalbard.  A female polar bear was walking along the edge of the beach and then, as she moved up to the crest of the island everything came together.  The white walker was contrasted against the dark blue gray Arctic sky making for one of the most iconic and visual polar bear moments I have ever shared with guests.

An interesting fact about me

I have a Mindset & Performance Coaching practice

Go to music choice

Depends 100% on mood but lean towards 80s, 90s and 00’s.

My Areas of Expertise

Highly proficient in the Olympus, Sony and Nikon camera systems

Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Premiere Pro

NIK filters and digital workflows

Creative techniques

Expedition-styled experiences

Svalbard and Arctic Regions

My favourite moments

Best safari
Best safari
Best safari

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