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Our Team

Angus Begg

Angus is serious about his craft. A CNN award-winning television producer, he was the first South African broadcast journalist to report from the chaos of Somalia in 1992.
He went on to cover the Rwandan genocide of ’94 and South Africa’s first democratic elections the same year, for which he was nominated for the national public service radio awards.

It was these episodes in Somalia and Rwanda that took him the roundabout route to the fields of travel and environment, in which he now writes, produces and photographs. He found that the experience was as much a travel story as tracking gorillas or reviewing a luxury lodge in the Kruger Park. He learnt about the role of people in travel too. With considerable experience in the various media since then – TV, print, radio, photography and the internet – Angus has gone on to cover every aspect of travel, whether rural communities clashing with wildlife, tracking the Serengeti migration, hiking Table Mountain or searching for that perfect sauvignon blanc.

Greg Nelson

A perfect fit for African Storybook, Greg Nelson is one of South Africa’s top actuality cameramen. After his early days at the South African Broadcasting Corporation – covering sports, musicals, arts, fashion, drama and news as a cameraman – Greg’s first big freelance job was the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. With the UK’s Channel 4 News he visited all corners of Africa and the Far East as a multi-skilled Cameraman/Editor (where he assisted in the establishment of the Hong Kong bureau). He went on to film the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, the demise of the Chinese river dolphins, cult murders in Japan and the Rwanda genocide that finally influenced Greg’s decision to switch genres and follow his lifelong passion of shooting wildlife documentaries.

He has filmed lions for a series of lion documentaries sold to Discovery channel. He likewise filmed and co-produced a series for National Geographic Television entitled ‘Wild Orphans’, while for the BBC he shot ‘Escape the Elephants’ documentary with Saba Douglas Hamilton and the ‘Elephant Diaries’ in Kenya’.

He filmed ‘The Last Mahout’ in Thailand and documented human- elephant conflict in India – the latter resulting in ‘Elephant Wars’ (or Australian TV. Most recently he was DOP/co-director/soundman for an Australian/BBC co-production in some of the most inhospitable terrain in Central Asia.

Working as cameraman on the reality theme presenter-led ‘Caught Live on Safari’ drew high praise from Nat Geo Channels Executive Producer Geoff Daniels. Greg & African Storybook currently work as a team producing inserts for the South African multi award-winning current affairs and magazine programme, ‘Carte Blanche’.

Africa Imagery – Roger and Pat de la Harpe

From their base in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, freelance photographers and writers, Roger and Pat de la Harpe, have over the years made frequent excursions into various regions of the African continent. They share a passion for natural history, wild places and different cultures and their work on these subjects has featured in numerous publications around the world, most notably BBC Wildlife, Geo and National Geographic.

Africa Imagery is owned and managed by South African photographers Roger and Pat de la Harpe, who have over 25 years of experience in travel and wildlife photography.

Roger and Pat, who head up the Africa Imagery imprint of African Storybook, bring this industry knowledge to the organisation. Their knowledge of book publishing ensures a fine balance between the creative and commercial components of book content and Pat’s writing and Roger’s photographic experience ensures that the Africa Imagery digital products are of the highest order

Previously employed as a photographer by the Natal Parks Board (now Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife), Roger turned professional in 1997 and has never looked back. He and Pat have published 26 coffee table books, including Zulu, Top Touring Spots of South Africa, Tuli-Land of Giants, In Search of the African Wild Dog and In Search of the African Lion.

Africa Imagery’s unique photo library provides world-class images of Africa, its people and its wildlife. But it is more than just an image bank for industry professionals. It also undertakes commissioned photography in the tourism sector, runs photographic safaris at carefully selected destinations in southern Africa and offers advice on, and sales of photographic equipment.