The true stories, challenges and dreams of Wildlife Rangers in Africa
What started as a dream has become reality. Photography4Life was created by safari specialist and photo-journalist Colleen Hogg, as a platform to promote conservation and associated communities. Colleen strongly believes Africa’s remaining wildlife cannot survive without vigorous support for neighbouring communities. Living in harmony with nature. Third generation Kenya born, Colleen’s tenacity and passion for her homeland is the foundation of her life's choices.
Her career encompasses extensive experience in East Africa’s safari industry; including specialized guiding, camp and lodge management, as well as senior positions with two successful safari operations. She made a life changing decision to leave the security of a stable job and launch her own venture. After a rocky start (but with cameras in hand) Colleen visited many secretive and remarkable sanctuaries across East Africa, providing photographic and presentational skills. Two weeks planned in Tanzania became seventeen years as she settled into commercial photography and graphic design.
A fellow journalist recommended Colleen to Honeyguide Organization who were looking for a photojournalist to cover their anti-poaching operations with Big Life Foundation. She quickly formed a close rapport with the rangers, and immense admiration and respect for the organizations which trained/supported them.
The rest is history!
(Colleen's full career portfolio is on LinkedIn).
Kavita Vohora, born in Kenya, and was brought up in East Africa in Kenya and
Tanzania respectively. She been involved in the the coffee industry, agricultural and life stock farming in Tanzania for more than 17 years, and resides in Arusha and lives with her young daughter and pack of dogs. Kavita is a born naturalist and an active follower of wildlife conservation in Africa. She is not frightened of getting get her 'hands dirty' and participate in vital ground work, or rally together essential people and components involved in Photograph4life's growing projects and campaigns. Kavita oversees Photography4life’s operations within Tanzania & Kenya alongside the Founding Director (who is raising awareness abroad). Kavita brings valuable experience to the table, including communications, networking and operations. She shares our affinity with the wilderness and passionate goals, which strengthens her ability to represent the organisation effectively. Vivacious and full of energy, Photography4life has gained a valuable partner in Kavita, for its extensive operations and logistics across East Africa.
Lisa has worked abroad primarily in Africa for the past 30 years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania and then by coordinating relief & development projects with various, major NGOs. Having worked in the health, education, youth, economic development, and agriculture sectors during her career, Lisa has an extensive knowledge of project management and training. Returning to the Peace Corps in 1999 Lisa oversaw the programming and training for Peace Corps programs located within Morocco and Jordan in the Middle East - till 2006.
Recently, having spent nine years working in the hospitality sector in Tanzania, she has once again returned to Peace Corps as Director of Programming and Training for Peace Corps Benin, West Africa. Throughout her years working overseas, she has always had a keen passion for conservation and is honored to be a board member for Photography4Life.
Lisa's specific and all-encompassing skills are immensely valuable and appreciated as Photography4life continues to grow and develop programs across East Africa.
Hope and Paul Phillips live (with daughter Jojo) and work near Kampala, Uganda. Hope an HIV AIDS orphan, grew up on the border of The Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. She survived by growing potatoes in the dense bush. In desperation, her cousin worked as a prostitute to feed them. Paul met Hope when he worked as a photographer for a child sponsorship program in Rwanda.Hope was teaching at school in Kigali. They fell in love, and began a residential ministry called HOPE+ Africa. They live with 19 women and children, serving a larger community of orphans, widows, single HIV+ mothers, and genocide survivors. Breaking this cycle, not by the typical Western way of providing programmatic solutions, but by working in the African context of deep and heartfelt relationship, embracing the spectrum of problems. Becoming stewards of their environment, economically benefitting from attending to the needs of the abundant ecosystem they live in. Those once destitute now are becoming self sufficient, as well as psychologically and spiritually healthier. We're delighted to welcome them on board.
Audra is the Founder and Director of Winds of Africa in the USA and Tanzania, East Africa. Her career in San Diego is in Mental Health Care with children, adolescents and adults. She has held supervisory positions in children and adult residential care facilities and worked in at Bay View Psychiatric Hospital in Chula Vista San Diego and at the San Diego Psychiatric County Hospital. Her involvement in Africa began by assisting the principal and teachers at ‘Save Our Souls Children Orphanage’ kindergarten and primary school program in Zimbabwe, inspiring her desire to continue volunteer her expertise in Africa.
This brought Audra to Tanzania in 2001 where she founded Winds of Africa (WoA) Foundation. Its goal is to steadily build up a foundation that focuses on uniting and strengthening educational opportunities for the youngest to the oldest in Tanzania. Her philosophy is the keystone towards WoA’s success. Audra went on to launch a highly effective program training Anti-Poaching Wildlife Rangers and Commanders in effective Communication skills and English.
The courses’ success and Audra’s motivation resonated with Colleen’s desire to help Rangers, their families and communities, with the empowerment of education.
A student at Karatina University, Kenya, and is the current director of Spring Break Kenya (SBK) whose huge goal is to inspire communities to ‘Create the Change They Want to See’ through active engagement with young university students, communities and organizations. Julia also contributes to several other organizations including ‘Young Single Mothers Empowerment Group’, Kibera (YSMEG), Kakenya Center of Excellence and ‘Akili Dada’ (enthusing the next generation of African women leaders). She promotes female Empowerment through education, performance and equal opportunities, mentoring young girls to pursue their ambitions against all odds. Julia vigorously pursues the end of forced or early marriages , as well as female genital mutilation (FGM). She believes that young people today have more power to change the world for the better than at any time in human history. Julia says: “motivating and supporting youngsters is key to them developing their creative and innovative abilities.” Julia represents the youth of Kenyans in East Africa and embodies our aims associated with Community Development and the empowerment of the youth of today. Its great to have this young Kenyan's resolve and foresight, on board.
Liz graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2005 with a BA Hons in English with History. Afterwards she taught English in secondary schools, both in the UK and Tanzania, in East Africa. It was whilst she was in Tanzania that she first started to write and, having successfully completed articles for a travel guide and a magazine based in Dar es Salaam Liz decided to take writing more seriously and become a professional. On returning home to the UK in 2014, Liz became a qualified copywriter and she utilised her new writing skills to cover conservation and its growing concerns. Her love for African wildlife is strong and she writes regularly for various organisations about many iconic species, threatened with extinction across Africa. Although still teaching part-time, Liz is making writing a full-time career, with a strong understanding and interest in conservation and community development. Media coverage is a vital part of our growing platform. We are thrilled to welcome Liz on board a talented writer with in-depth knowledge of Africa. Details of her blog can be found on the link below.
Wolfgang’s career in East Africa's spans over four decades. With a background in safaris, hotel management and air operations he is uniquely qualified to cover a cross board selection of topics concerning Africa on his widely acclaimed blog ATC News, His blog today is the largest of its kind in the wider Eastern African region. He regularly speaks at conferences and has successfully moderated many panel discussions on topical issues covering the aviation, hospitality and tourism sectors. He has also served in key positions, both in Kenya and his adopted home country Uganda, where he held the post of President of the Uganda Tourism Association (for nearly 8 years) after helping to rebuild Uganda's trade association framework from scratch after the end of the Liberation War. Wolfgang also served as Chairman of Uganda's National Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. Keen on conservation issues, Wolfgang was Chairman of the Rhino Fund Uganda during its crucial years of fundraising, whilst establishing the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and breeding program. Wolfgang’s skills in communications and negotiations are exceptional, making him all the more valuable as a contributor.
Ian has had an adventurous life in his motherland Kenya, as a deep-sea fisherman; a light aircraft commercial pilot; as well as a professional photographer and crocodile catcher. All this in addition to an impressive history withn the East African Safari and Tourism Industry as a project manager, guide and lodge manager. When Hurricane Katrina almost destroyed New Orleans in 2005, he turned to climate change and wrote a fictionalized story based on facts and findings concerning the atrocities destroying our fragile environment. Ian continues to emphasise and expose the practises and deception going on in the world around us . After inordinate research and the level of shock and disbelief, which followed Ian became a dedicated environmentalist and eco-journalist. He works tirelessly at uncovering the ghastly truths, raising vital awareness - despite many FB friends having called him the prophet of doom! As well as writing his dramatic novel based on fictionalised fact, Ian is a copy writer and book editor for aspiring authors. Details of his website below. Ian joins our team as a valued environmentalist, editor and writer.