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Nicky Souness

About Nicky Souness

Photography Presenter & Guide


Nicky grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where she graduated from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography with a specialization in wildlife photography. For 8 years, she lived in the South African wilderness and worked as a full-time guide for some of the region’s premier lodges, including Singita, Tswalu and AndBeyond. Life in the wilds furnished Nicky with not only her field guide qualifications but also a deep knowledge and understanding of the wildlife she loves to photograph. Through photography and guiding, she channels her passion with others, hopefully contributing to the continued existence of those wild lands.

In 2013, Nicky led a 5-month overland adventure throughout southern Africa, during which she got to personally know the Dark Continent. On one of her most recent adventures, she lived in rural Rajasthan, India, helping to develop a new lodge surrounded by majestic granite hills that support what seems to be the densest populations of leopards on earth! Since traveling to Antarctica in December 2013, Nicky has developed a fascination with the high latitudes and their seemingly endless summers. She now splits her time between both Polar Regions, photographing their unique, natural beauty.

In the Arctic, you can often find her out on deck scanning for wildlife, but the thing that truly speaks to her is the simplicity of the landscapes. When photographing wildlife in the Arctic, it is important to allow these landscapes to frame and complement the species living within them. This fragile and constantly changing environment is what Nicky tries to portray in her images.

An adventurer at heart, her deepest passion lies in conservation. Nicky uses her photography as a tool, inspiring people and bringing the beauty of the natural world into sharper focus. Images are a potent tool for opening people’s eyes to the importance of wildness in our world.

When not on an expedition ship, Nicky is likely searching for elusive creatures in the Kalahari Desert.

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