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2015 Year in Review

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Well, 2015 has been quite a year! I was fortunate to spend more than ten weeks in Zambia, plus I visited Namibia, Iceland and the USA. My wife, Nat, and I wrote a book – more on that below! Camtraptions and my range of devices for remote and camera trap photography have continued to develop nicely. I quietly set up a new website, www.wildlifephoto.com, which will become the central hub for all of my products, services and resources for photographers. However, all of the above has seemed rather trivial in comparison to the arrival of a certain small human being earlier in the year…

Yes, in February, Nat and I became parents! Our daughter, Primrose (Rosie for short), has just turned 10-months-old. Life as a father is wonderful, and combining that with my life as a wildlife photographer has been an enjoyable challenge!

Primrose Burrard-Lucas, February 2015

Photography Projects in 2015

For obvious reasons, I didn’t travel much in the first half of the year and my photography exclusively focused on a small grub-like creature. It turns out that my skillset as a wildlife photographer was well suited to this new subject matter, as babies are impossible to control, unpredictable and most active at dawn and dusk! 😉

Elk in front of Grand Tetons, USA, May 2015
Bear Family, Grand Teton National Park, USA
Bison in Snow, Yellowstone National Park, USA

In May, I spent a week in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the USA (above) and I also briefly visited Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia for the first time (below). Despite being short trips, both were very productive.

Cheetah at sunrise, Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia
Lions under the Milky Way photographed with BeetleCam in Liuwa Plain, Zambia
Hyenas at night photographed with BeetleCam in Liuwa Plain, Zambia

In July, it was time for Rosie’s first holiday! We took her to Iceland and spent 10 days driving around the island in a small 4×4 campervan, courtesy of MK Car Rental. In retrospect, living with a 4-month-old, in a confined space without bathroom facilities, in a country with nearly 24 hours of daylight, was an ambitious plan! However, after switching to a semi-nocturnal existence, we settled into a routine and the three of us had a fantastic time.

A family photo in Iceland, July 2015

Self Portrait at Dettifoss, July 2015
Kirkjufell, Iceland, July 2015

My next trip was an assignment for WWF in the KAZA region of Namibia. This was primarily a camera-trapping project focusing on the region’s carnivores. Update: You can now see the results of this project here: WWF Assignment to Capture Rare Camera Trap Images

Impala at Sunset, Zambezi Region of Namibia, August 2015

In September, Nat and I returned to South Luangwa for the first time since our year in Zambia in 2012-13, with Rosie in tow for her first introduction to Africa. The three of us spent a week with my friends at Mfuwe Lodge. It was hot (40 degrees at least) but Rosie adapted well and loved watching animals such as Zebras, Giraffes, Elephants and squabbling Baboons. That week happened to coincide with the Supermoon eclipse so I spent a night trying to line up some lions with a small red dot in the sky. After that, I spent a week with my friends at Norman Carr Safaris before returning to The Bushcamp Company to lead a photographic safari for a brilliant group of guests.

On Safari with in South Luangwa, September 2015
Male Lion, South Luangwa, October 2015
Leopard photographed using a Camtraptions Camera Trap, October 2015
Carmine Bee-eaters, South Luangwa, October 2015

In November, Nat, Rosie and I returned to Zambia, to spend five weeks in Liuwa Plain, one of my favourite National Parks in Africa! This project was a collaboration with African Parks and Norman Carr Safaris. Our trip coincided with the change of season as the rains arrived. I also spent lots of quality time with Cheetahs, Lions and Hyenas. I am still sorting and processing the photos from this trip but you can already see a few that I have started to post on Facebook and Instagram.

On Safari in Liuwa Plain, December 2015
Cheetah at Sunset, Liuwa Plain, November 2015
Lady Liuwa, December 2015

A New Book!

At the end of last year, a publisher approached me about writing a book. The subject was to be “Top Wildlife Sites of the World”. Nat is a brilliant writer (check out her blog from our year in Zambia) and we naively figured that she would have plenty of time to write the text during her maternity leave (ha ha ha)! We said yes.

Ok, so writing a book turned out to be more work than we expected, and looking after a baby is rather time consuming, but we managed to finish it and I am very proud of the book that we have created. It is a beautiful coffee table book featuring 32 wildlife sites from around the world. 85% of the photographs in the book are mine and I have filled the holes in my image library with some fantastic shots from my friends and colleagues. Best of all, the book is filtering into bookshops around the world at this very moment!

Top Wildlife Sites!

As soon as the book is available to purchase online, I will do an official launch, so stay tuned!

Camtraptions

It has been a busy year for Camtraptions too. Many of you have been in contact with my sister, Megan, who has done a fantastic job of managing the business, particularly during my periods of travel.

We have continued to add new products that make camera trap photography easier and more accessible than ever before. It has also been very rewarding to see people around the world using our devices to create remarkable images. One of the highlights came towards the end of the year when my friend Richard Peters used his Camtraptions PIR sensor to take an image that saw him crowned European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and winner of a category in Wildlife Photographer of the Year – see his winning shot in this blog post!

We are currently working on some exciting new Camtraptions products that we can’t wait to share with you next year!

Happy New Year!

I would like to thank all of you who have followed my work and supported me in 2015. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your comments, likes, emails, orders and encouragement. Thank you!

Nat, Rosie and I wish you all the very best for the New Year.

18 Comments

  1. Liz said: December 31, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    It has been a joy and a privilege to see your photos from all over the world and now I also know that a baby was involved, it makes it even more amazing. Happy 2016 to you all. X

  2. Dekha Phiri said: December 31, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Great Post! I have followed your photography for quite a while now, and I absolutely love your work, even more so because you took a lot of photos of Zambia’s bountiful wildlife. All the best in 2016! I look forward to more of your photography adventures

  3. Val McClean said: December 31, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Hi there, just wanted to thank you for all the stunnigly beautiful photograohs that you post. So wonderful. My husband was born & bred in Chingola, Zambia so I naturally share all of your ‘photos with him & he & all of my friends are equally thankful! Good luck in all you do. A very Happy New Year to you & your family.x

  4. Steve Harris said: December 31, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Thanx for your amazing pics. I look forward too each and every one. Congrats to both you and Nat on the arrival of your beautiful daughter. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year

  5. Cynthia Bell said: January 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Seeing your photographs and reading your stories has become a favorite of mine. Many blessings to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your gift.

  6. lillian said: January 1, 2016 at 5:40 am

    It has been a great adventure this year, next year it is going to be even better.Congrats on the birth of little Primrose awesome name.

  7. Ghislaine said: January 1, 2016 at 9:05 am

    WOW! What an exciting year. My very best wishes to the three of you, it’s lovely to see your little family from time to time.

  8. sandip malakar said: January 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I am an amateur photographer and I want to learn wildlife photography though I do but want to catch picture crystal clear

  9. Elizabeth Rogge said: January 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Happy New Year to Nat, Rosie, and Will! I’m looking forward to another year filled with your amazing wildlife (and family life) photos!!

  10. Jim Goldstein said: January 7, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Will your photos are always an inspiration. Congratulations on the new addition to your family. I look forward to seeing more photos of your daughter as she grows. Something tells me she’s going to really enjoy wildlife.

  11. Greg Norrell said: February 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Congrats on a great year and beautiful new daughter!

  12. Dalida and Andrew Innes said: February 4, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Always a pleasure to read your advices and more to see your pictures, hope one day one of our picture will be next to yours in exhibition! Cheers Mate!

  13. Pat said: February 11, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Congratulations on the arrival of Rosie! I’m sure you’ll have her behind a camera in no time. Best adventure ever. 🙂

  14. Mary said: February 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Dear Will, thank you very much the information and congratulations for your baby.

  15. Joseph said: February 15, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Thank you for all those wonderful pictures. Big supporter of WWF and conservation.

  16. keny sakalunda said: February 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

    thank you for your wonderful pictures. you are an inspiration to me. your advice is greatly appreciated and your photographs and stories are my favorite. am in Zambia .Best wishes to the three of you

  17. yvonne said: April 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I just stumbled upon a photograph of a lion. It was absolutely beautiful..I then continued to go threw all of your photos for the past hour. I just wanted to tell you that your photography is absolutely stunning and awesome. You are very talented. All the best in your future trips..keep up the great work. You are truly blessed…Yvonne Pelley

  18. Lou said: July 1, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Thank you for sharing your amazing journeys, talent and photographs. I was born in South Africa and was very lucky enough to have parents who took us on many adventures to safari parks in the 70’s, Namibia and Etosha Pan, Mozambique and Rodesia. I have such amazing memories of all the African animals you have photographed in action. I now live in Australia and sadly am a paraplegic with a rotten rare disease so am unable to travel. I have a great passion for photography. Having said all of the above, thanks so much for travelling for me and sharing your adventures. Keep up with your wonderful talent and amazing life with your gorgeous family:) Lou

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