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Peter has always been attracted to the outdoors, with a specific interest in wildlife. He played an active role in the founding of the Wildlife Photographic Section of the Wildlife Society of SA, and later joined the Durban Camera Club. During this period he regularly entered Salons and gained his FPSSA for colour slides, his APSSA for colour prints and published works.
He has judged for both National and International salons in South Africa and has lectured on photography.


Peter is a registered Nature Tour Guide. He also held the position of President of the Durban Camera Club three times and was elected a Director of PSSA in the 1980’s. Many of his wildlife images are marketed in South Africa and abroad.

"I have been interested in wildlife from a very early age. My first experience was a holiday to the Kruger National Park. Every year from then on our family would head for the Park for the holidays. At the age of 12 I took over from my father as official cine photographer of the family. I progressed to 35mm slide film and joined the Durban Camera Club. I formed, with a few colleagues, the Natal Wildlife Photographic Section of the Wildlife Society of SA.

With the honour of being Chairman of the Durban Camera Club a number of times, I also served as a Director of the PSSA and have obtained my FPSSA with the society in colour slides and my APSSA in colour prints and publications. Both my wife, May, and I spend every bit of spare time heading for the bush. Photography led to me forming a company with my brother namely Craig-Cooper & Fick. The Fick a very good friend of ours is not part of the company any more.

Craig-Cooper & Fick produce a wildlife calendar every year for the KZN Conservation Trust, which we market for them. We also produce wall calendars, desk pads and diaries for corporate companies every year.

Photography being a great part of our lives has led to many assignments in addition to weddings, portrait and sporting fixtures. We have kept abreast with the modern technology and are using the Canon Mark III and 20D cameras. The 35mm IV is used for all our scenic work. Digital video has also formed part of our arsenal and a number of projects have been completed. Over the years we have accumulated a vast library of images that are regularly used by ad agents and interested bodies. We have just recently helped WESSA with images for the new bird book and are presently completing an Antelope book with them.

Photographic courses to assist photographers are also being set up with my friend Emanuel Maria. Combined we have over 45 years of experience in photography, please visit our site www.photographiccourses.co.za for more information on our workshops.

Our knowledge of photography and wildlife has led to me becoming a nature guide. Having organised many self drive trips into Africa we decided to take clients with us to interesting areas in Southern Africa. African Escapes was established with a colleague Chris Matthews and myself. Although we have had tours to Botswana and Namibia it is our intention to concentrate on South Africa and its great diversity of wildlife. It is our intention to only have small parties where personal attention is paramount and we organise and book tours to your requirements.

Please browse through our web pages and drop us a line, whether it be for a tour, the purchase of promotional items, photographs that are required, assignments that are needed or if you want to join one of our photographic workshops."



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