Kurt Jay Bertels
Kurt Jay Bertels is an international award winning wildlife photographer, born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kurt spent eight years working as a ranger in Africa’s famous Kruger National Park in the Sabi Sands region. Answering to the call sign “five zero,” he hosted international clientele in the private game reserves. His vast experience in photography both in the bush and with wildlife behavior culminate to help you get the best positioning for your photographs. With his organic style of translating photography – either advancing your skills or developing your fundamentals – Kurt assists everyone from amateurs to professionals with enthusiasm, foresight and clarity.
Kurt is to date, the youngest person to win Fuji/Getaway Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His images have also been recognized by some of the world’s largest wildlife photographic competitions including, the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Fotocam, Fuji Awards, BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera Trap Competition and a host of other competitions. Most recently, he had two photographs accepted into Natures Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Photographic Awards, which were on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Additionally, Kurt’s work has been published in books and magazines around the world.
A note from Kurt
As a long-standing ranger and safari guide the comfort level of the guest and attention to detail are my main priorities. My team and I hand-select only top-level accommodations in each country. We work with reputable lodges and camps with whom we’ve had partnerships for years to provide the perfect platform for photographing the world’s wildlife wonders.
To be able to capture a wild animal in its habitat for even just a split second, and have it on record for a lifetime is truly a dream come true for me. And I hope it will be for you too. This dream has become my passion and my journey and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.
Come and see wildlife through your lens with me.
—Kurt Jay Bertels