Profile - Joe Knapman Photography

About me


“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.” - Ernest Hemingway

He was not wrong.

Born in the Southern England, I moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2002.

I have always been interested in travel. Not just going places, but experiencing culture, history, wildlife and people. Through my career, I have been privileged to travel the world and witnessed some amazing sights and experiences. Twenty years of travelling to some of the most far flung places, I realised that I had no photos documenting my travels. Just passport stamps and several million air miles. In 2007 I bought my first DSLR, the Olympus e410. It was a great camera - simple, it had some restrictions over fuller framed brands. That said it became a fascinating hobby, as I continued to travel, and photo document my experiences. From here, the photography and travel bug took hold. Never had the word - practice practice practice - been so relevant.

As my understanding of photography improved, I moved to the, then, flagship Olympus E-5. In 2012 I moved to the mirrorless format and now shoot exclusively with the OM-D E-M1

I take a huge interest in Africa, history and wildlife, and feel privileged to be able to witness so many wonders of our world. 

This Website is a natural evolution in sharing some of my work, available to view and purchase. I hope you enjoy.

Feel free to contact me regarding any questions you have using the CONTACT ME link at the top.

What I Do.

My aim is to share the natural and beautiful world around us all. To preserve precious moments in images and share them with others.

Join me, and embrace the fragile world, protect and witness the beauty from all, big and small, cute and scary. All wildlife is special, and my journey will never end.

Always searching for that special moment - one thing I have learned is every moment is special, Wildlife photography brings unpredictable events that time after time surprises me. Whether it is male giraffes fighting in the Timbavati, or smallest mongoose taking on venomous snakes, the African continent will continue to offer me new destinations, new events and new wildlife.

This website is about bringing the very big world one step closer to you.

Enjoy - and feel free to contact me.

Images copyright Jaco Beukman & Cape Town Photo Tours©

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