About Richard

I grew up on a farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and from a young boy was fascinated with wildlife and birds. I kept snakes, found bird nests, read Gerald Durrell books and dreamed of becoming a naturalist. Such was my enthusiasm that I ended up studying Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pietermaritzburg for 4 years!

An interest in photography grew into a major hobby when I worked in the Kruger Park for several years. I began the hard way with Kodachrome 64 and manual focus lenses! In the 1995 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition I won first place in the Mammal Behavior category with a photograph of two fighting leopards. In the years thereafter a love of nature and photography somehow evolved into a professional career that has kept me happy and busy since 1995.

I spend much of the year traveling to wild places in southern Africa, often on long roads trips. I love the Kalahari and Botswana and am a very keen birder. Every few months I do some aerial photography from small planes or a helicopter.

My photographs have appeared in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife and Nature's Best magazines. In the 2007 Nature’s Best Photography competition I won the overall Grand Prize with my aerial image of Zebra in the Makgadikgadi. I have written and photographed 5 books on African wildlife and one book of aerial photographs - Bird’s Eye View.

I have used Canon cameras and Canon L lenses for 25 years. In all that time, and over hundreds of trips, not a single piece of Canon gear has ever let me down, nor even needed repairing! For bird-watching I always have my old pair of Zeiss 7 x 42 binoculars at hand.

Several of my favorite photographs are available as signed limited edition Fine Art Prints. You can see these in the various galleries.

There is more information about the prints on the "About the Prints" page.

My website serves to show the range of prints I make.

I also have a huge selection of other images in my library that can be used for any purpose.

Please feel free to send me a message using the contact link, or just email me at rdutoit@iafrica.com.

My mobile number + 27 76 904 8834.

You can also WhatsApp me on + 27 76 904 8834.

I will answer all emails, even if I take a few days to reply!