Paul has been photographing Namibia from the land and the skies for over 40 years. His keen eye has won him more than 50 awards, both locally and internationally. We asked this Hasselblad Masters finalist to tell us just how he manages to capture the unusual, the unseen, the unreal…
One of his six photos nominated for 2014 Hasselblad Masters awards "Etosha Rain", photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
Impossible to do, as there is simply too many to mention - from being stuck for eight hours after a cloud burst in the Namib desert, to being charged by a protective lioness and an angry rhino, to skirting around thunderstorms over the desert in my aeroplane. Each one priceless!
Thunderclouds, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
Animal tracks in the Etosha pan, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
Sand Tree, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
Skeleton Coast, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
Namibia as a very demanding mistress and doesn't give up her secrets easily. She requires passion & dedication as well as a lot of sacrifice. If this is not your game, go the zoo.
Etosha pan, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
I find it extremely difficult choosing. My best three photo's always comes from my last shoot. Each time I think I have reached the ultimate, only to be elevated to yet a higher level during the next shoot. I would rather leave the choice of the best three images to the viewer.
Other than my camera and tripod, a warm jacket. Not even in the South Pole have I been colder than in the heart of the Namib Desert.
Desert Storm, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
#2 Do your homework, read Travel News Namibia and download Namibia Holiday & Travel (also available on the App store through Namibia Tourism Information) to get the best information about where you’re headed.
# 3 Make sure you plan enough time. Namibia isn't an instant destination and you will regret it forever if you don't allow more time.
Etosha, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
Eye of Etosha, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
After desert rains, photo by Paul van Schalkwyk
About Paul van Schalkwyk
Paul has received international acclaim for his multiple award winning films and photographs, which have been broadcast and published around the globe. He is a successful advertising practitioner and filmmaker but for the past ten years he has heeded the call to return to a life long and strong passion for photography. His acclaimed photographs have found a place in homes of many local and international collectors, galleries and institutions, and his are regularly published in local and international magazines. In 2013, Paul became the first Namibian to be nominated as a finalist for the prestigious Hasselblad Masters award. See more images at www.paulvans.com and www.tala.com.na or find Paul on Facebook
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