Peter Smart has been a keen and successful photographer all his life and enjoys travelling around the world, with a particular affinity for Africa. He turned professional in 2002 to pursue his passion for capturing images of wildlife and the natural world. Peter has been part of Wild Arena from its inception and continues to provide photographic guidance on many of the workshops and tours in the UK.
Peter established Wild Arena's overseas programme and has now escorted around 80 tours to a variety of countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Borneo, Indonesia, Brazil, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and the Arctic. He has also taught at many hundreds of Wild Arena’s photographic workshops at numerous locations around the UK. Peter treats it as a genuine privilege to introduce clients to the wildlife, landscapes and people of the countries he visits and his knowledge, experience, organisational skills and sense of fun ensures that not only will you have excellent photographic and game-viewing opportunities but also a highly enjoyable holiday!
Wouldn't Leave Home Without
I continue to use my much-loved Canon 1D MkIII on my frequent travels as it produces great images, has superb auto-focus and, most importantly, has never let me down in even the harshest environments. My favourite lens for most destinations is Canon's superb 70-200mm F2.8, often coupled with a 1.4x extender. This provides excellent image quality and offers great flexibility for capturing wildlife in its environment. On tours I usually travel light as my priority is to help the clients with their photography but when travelling alone I will often use my favourite "safari" lens which is a 300mm F2.8.
Favourite Recent Project
I am always keen to offer our clients new and exciting destinations with interesting and unique itineraries. It can often taken several years from the idea for a new tour, discussing this with clients, talking to specialists, launching it, and finally leading the first trip. Sri Lanka, Namibia, Madagascar & Brazil were all new destinations in the last couple of years and Zambia will be next in 2013. The Pantanal in Brazil proved to be an amazing destination for wildlife photography with an abundance of animals and birds and, remarkably, we enjoyed six incredible sightings of Jaguars ... I have already arranged a return trip for 2013!
You can normally find Peter in Africa, Asia, South America or the Arctic ... and, when travelling overseas allows, on our UK one day workshops!