Be There Photography's Wild Animal and Landscape Pictures | About
African Wildlife Photos of Lions, Cheetahs, Monkeys, Elephants and more.

Jennifer and I are currently specializing in African Wildlife and Landscape Photography. This began in September of 2009 when we took our first safari to Tanzania and Kenya. Jennifer had retired in 2007 and I retired as a mechanical Engineer at the end of 2008. This trip was my retirement gift to ourselves. In Tanzania we visited Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the Serengeti National Parks. We also visited the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area. We spent 3 days in the Maasai Mara in Kenya. When we returned to our home in New Hampshire and began reviewing and editing our 6500 digital images we realized that our photos were better than good record shots and that it was time to take our photography more seriously.

While living and working in Dallas in the early 1970’s, I purchased my first 35 mm SLR and have enjoyed photography ever since. I was a member of both the Dallas Camera Club and Texins Camera Club within Texas Instruments. I learned skills and techniques from other club members and was taught film developing and print making by one of the more artistic members of the Dallas Camera Club. Many of my vacations were backpacking trips carrying two cameras and three lenses in the southwest deserts and mountains, the Grand Canyon and the John Muir Trail in the California Sierras. Ansel Adams, David Muench and Eliot Porter were among of my favorite photographers.

After changing jobs, moving a couple of times and raising a family, photography took a back seat for several years, but was always on my mind. After moving to NH in 1979, Jennifer and I took up scuba diving. I enjoyed video filming under water while Jennifer pursued taking slides of tropical fish and corals.

Around 2006 I became frustrated with the point and shoot digital cameras and purchased my first DSLR. It was then that I decided to pursue photography again. My reasoning was that I had always enjoyed photography and it would be a healthy activity for both mind and body. It would stimulate me to solve both technical and aesthetic problems as well as get exercise outdoors. It is also a great retirement hobby.

When I retired at the end of 2008, Jennifer and I took a two-week safari to East Africa. After we returned home and completed editing our photographs, we realized that our photos were better than good and that it was time to take our photograph more seriously.

The safari was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime, but we’ve fallen in love with the wildlife and landscapes of Africa and returned for three weeks this past Fall. We have another trip planned for early 2012.
My goal is to present to the viewer, not a record shot of the animal, but to show the personality of animal in its natural environment and interacting with its offspring, and other animals in its own unique way.

2011 Art Show Awards:
Manchester Artist Association (NH)- An Art Affair in the Country Best of Show
Ogunquit Sidewalk Art Show and Sale (Me) - First Place
Monadnock AreaArtist Association (NH) – Art in the Park – Second Place Photography
Nashua Area Artist Association (NH) – Greeley Park – First Place Photography

2011 Photography Competitions:
George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon – Best Mammal Award and Merit Award in Birds
Natures Best Photography Windland Smith RiceInternational Awards – Two photographs Highly Honored
Link to Video of Highly Honored photos shown in Smithsonian Natural History Museum exhibit
Audubon Magazine Awards – two photographs in top 100.

2012 Photography Competitions:
George W. Glennie Memorial Nature Salon – Merit Award in Large Herbivores

Published Photos:
2012-2013 African Wildlife Foundation Calendar - Cover Photograph of Male Lion (AK10C108C)
2013-2014 African Wildlife Foundation Calendar - Inside page - Young Elephants Jousting (AK10E111C)

- Chris Bower, Be There Photography

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