Wondering why you should book a workshop or photo tour with me? With professional training and qualifications in both photography and wildlife guiding, coupled with experirience and an award-winning quality, I believe my photo tours offer the right package for you to improve and enjoy your wildlife photography. But don't just take my word for it, my 'Land of Giants' photo safari has been voted one of Wanderlust Magazine's 'Best New Trips for 2012'. Feedback from guests who have joined me on a photo safari or who have attended one of my one-day photo workshops includes...
"Our first visit to South Africa has
been incredible. Neil has great patience
and knowledge, especially his identifying
skills. A fabulous week!"
"A very ethical and professional guide."
"I have learnt some really useful tips
on composition of shots, particularly landscape
photos which I will definitely use in future."
I would not be able to do what I do without the trust of valuable partners in the conservation world. These partners are sometimes dedicated individuals, passionate NGOs, institutions or important publications. Here are a few recommendations from people that I have been lucky enough to work closely with...
"I hired Neil, whilst working at The Natural History Museum, to run a series of photography workshops for a number of winners of a competition. Neil provided an interesting day focussing on the needs of the individuals. He was punctual, professional and personable and I would not hesitate in recommending him to others."
Elizabeth Knock, Natural History Museum
"Neil spent time with me tracking African wild dogs on Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve in South Africa. As well as being able to photograph the movements and interactions of the wild dog pack for his book, his photography helped us with publicising wild dog conservation, marketing and reporting the project for sponsorship.
Beyond the realm of work, Neil is socially easy to get on with and he fitted in to the goings-on of the research programme beyond photography. He impressed with his guiding skills and he was able to assist in the field when out wild dog tracking. As a qualified guide, Neil was able to share the burden of the team by entertaining and impressing guests on tourism trips with his natural history knowledge, in particular his good birding knowledge and awareness of current global conservation issues."
John Power, Endangered Wildlife Trust
"I was contacted by Neil Aldridge early in 2009 with a request to take pictures of our white-tailed eagle for a story on the reintroduction of these birds to the UK and I am obliged to pay tribute to Neil, his abilities with a camera and also his professionalism.
Backed by a self assurance of his abilities to water-seal a camera, Neil chose to challenge the obvious risks by waterproofing his means of generating an income and sinking it into a loch to capture innovative shots of our white-tailed eagle.
Not only did Neil achieve fantastic results with his camera but he had a remarkable ability to converse and work alongside us. Knowing the ultimate ambition was to achieve unique and world class shots, he understood the constraints of the situation, always upheld our judgement, remained professional throughout and yet managed to achieve phenomenal results in what in my eyes is one of the hardest disciplines of all - photographing birds in flight.
He is incredibly easy to work with and, perhaps more importantly, will stick his hand in his pocket to buy a round afterwards. Anyone with the chance to work with Neil will not be disappointed."
Dave Warren, Falconer, Blair Drummond