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Greg du Toit

Heinrich van den Berg

Hougaard Malan

Humphrey Gumbo

Isak Pretorius

Kyle de Nobrega

Michelle v.d. Westhuysen

Minette van den Berg

Neil Aldridge

Ruth Nussbaum

Shem Compion

Sophie Stafford

Trevor Kleyn


Shem Compion


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.


You can see more or Shem's work at 


You can read a bit more about Shem's thoughts on taking and leading Photo tours here.

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


Fact File

Photographic interests Wildlife and nature, travel, action and interaction, birds in flight. Special interest in infrared photography.
English, Afrikaans, Zulu (basic)
Digital cameras
Publications Country Living Magazine South Africa, Getaway Magazine, Outdoor Photography UK, Photoglob Postcards Switzerland, FHM USA, Bentley car magazine, Octane magazine, NZZ am sontag, Wiener mag, Mens health, Saab car magazine, Africa birds and Birding, Jumeriah magazine, Outdoor photography images of the year, BBC Wildlife, Travel Africa and Africa Geographic magazine. Men's Health SA, Outdoor photography images of the year 2004, Africa Birds and Birding- Africa Geographic, BBC wildlife- UK, Tail wind in flight magazine, Terre Sauvage- France, Weg magazine.
Books Published

A Landscape of Insects and other invertebrates by Duncan Neil MacFadyen Photographs by Shem Compion

Insider's Guide: Top Wildlife Photography Spots in South Africa

Insider's Guide Top Wildlife Photogaphy Spots in Botswana and Namibia

If Trees could Talk by Megan Emmet - Photographs by Shem Compion




 2004 Animal behaviour, Top ten- Elephant Bull drinking. Fuji film Getaway awards
 2004 Animal behaviour, Top ten- Elephant herd crossing plain. Fuji filmGetaway awards
 2007 Animal behaviour, highly commended, Suricat slumber. Fuji film Getaway awards
 2007: BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year, Category: Mammals behaviour, Specially  commended- Suricat moment.
 2008: Bird Category, Highly Commended - Sandgrouse Flutter, Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife  Awards.
 2008: Abstract, Highly Commended - Sand Dune Curve, Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife Awards.
 2008: People in Nature - Sand Hike, Fujifilm Getaway Wildlife Awards.
 2009: Winner bird's category Fuji Film Getaway awards
 2009: 1st runner up reptiles Fuji Film Getaway awards



Just dropping you a quick
line to say how successful our safari was! It was beyond our expectations, just being out in
absolute wilderness seeing such incredible beauty was enough. The accommodation and food was great, and the service exceptional. We
loved every minute of it, so thank
you, cant wait for the next adventure! Mahale, I can't even put into words how special that leg of the trip was!"

- Karen and Chelsea Barrow,
Selous and Mahale 2012

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Local: +27 (0) 87 805 7641 International: +27(0)12 344 6681 shem@http://www.c4photosafaris.com/


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