Wim van den Heever


Photographer Bio

I have had an interest in both photography and nature for as long as I can remember. I come from a family where photography is more a lifestyle than a hobby, and we never missed an opportunity to visit the Southern African Game Parks. So, from an early age, my interest in both photography and the natural world were stimulated and facilitated.   It was a natural progression to combine the two when life conspired to ensure that I was placed in a situation to enjoy Wildlife Photography as a profession and lifestyle rather than a hobby. Initially I did do a lot of commercial photography to supplement my income as a wildlife photographer but I very quickly realized that my true passion was with wildlife and nature photography and my efforts were concentrated in making this a reality.   Today I am the owner of  Tusk Photo and as a company we supply  almost 3000 photographic bed-nights to various destinations in Africa and abroad. When I started doing photographic safaris in 2005 it was considered a niche product with only a hand full of clients and a very small sector in international tourism. Today photography has grown as a hobby and past time for many individuals and has become an important part of tourism and travel. Tusk Photo has been there every step of the way and we have grown with this industry to provide some of the best products on the market today.

Photographer Awards

I have been lucky enough to receive a few awards and accomplishments over the last few years. Most recent accomplishments include:

  • 2015 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year - Category Placing. (New name of competition is Natural History Museum WPY competition)
  • 2015 Kontinent Awards - Runner-Up Professional Division
  • 2014 Windland Smith Natures Best Photography Awards - Highly Honoured Award
  • 2013 Windland Smith Natures Best Photography Awards - 2x Highly Honoured Awards
  • 2013 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year - Runner-Up Award
  • 2012 Windland Smith Natures Best Photography Awards - 2x Highly Honoured Awards
  • 2011 BBC Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the year - Highly Commended Award
  • 2010 Africa Photographic Awards - Runner Up
  • Fuji Getaway Awards - Various Category awards from 2006 - 2009