Shem Compion

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Shem Compion is the co-founder and co-owner of C4 Photo Safaris. He uses his intricate knowledge of travel in Africa, its wildlife and fantastic photographic locations to give you the best photographic tour experience you will ever have. Shem grew up roaming the wilds and this interest in Nature led to him studying a National Diploma in Nature conservation and Wildlife Management.

With over 20 years of bush experience it was quite logical he was going to end up working in the natural world. A self-taught wildlife photographer, Shem quickly established himself as one of the top wildlife photographers in South Africa. His work is regularly published worldwide in magazines, calendars and books. In 2010, he supplied all 72 images to the extremely popular Africa Geographic calendar. It sold out within 4 month- the first time ever.
 He published his first book "A Landscape of Insects" in 2009 and since then has published a total of 5 books. He is a regular speaker at photo events and has presented photo workshops for organisations such as National Geographic. He too has been invited as a keynote speaker to international photographic conventions.

Shem's intricate knowledge on a variety of photographic subjects is his greatest photographic asset. An indication of this is him winning awards in various categories in National and international competitions. He has received specially commended award in the BBC Wildlife Competition: animal behaviour category. In the FujiFilm-Getaway competition he has won the birds category and was 1st runner up in the insect and reptile category.

He has received photographic acclaim for his book published on insects as well as his "Insiders guide" book series . With such an array of subject diversity, Shem confidently photographs in all wildlife genres. His intrinsic natural history knowledge combined with his exceptional photographic skills makes him a specialist for large mammals, predators, action and interaction, small mammals (suricats and ground squirrels), bird's/birds in flight and macro photography of the insect world. 

Reading and anticipating the behaviour of his subjects is Shem's other speciality-allowing you to be in the right place at the right time, and something he has become known for throughout his career. Shem too has an excellent knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop, using them every day for his professional image library. He will easily help you with both tools to manage and enhance your images.

Shem runs the daily functioning of C4 Photo Safaris, making sure you get that personal touch which C4 Photo Safaris is all about.