My name is Griet, and I'm a wildlife photographer and artist from Belgium.
It's a pleasure to share on my website my passion for nature and animals through my photography.

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Growing up, I never imagined that I would become a photographer. It was only after a family trip to South Africa that I fell in love with wildlife and photography. Africa got under my skin, and I knew that I had to go back to capture its beauty and share it with the world.

For me, photography is not just a career, it's a way of life. I'm constantly inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the incredible animals that inhabit it. My goal as a photographer is to capture the emotions and connections that I feel with these animals and to share them with others.

I work primarily in black and white photography because it allows me to bring out the contrast and moodiness of my subjects. However, I also use color and sepia tones when necessary to capture the essence of certain animals. Every shot is a unique expression of my emotions and my connection with the animal.

One of the most important things to me is capturing animals in their natural environments. I never use staged or semi-captured animals, as it goes against my belief that animals should be allowed to live freely in their habitats. It can take hours or even days to get the perfect shot, but it's worth it when I can convey the emotion and connection that I feel with the animal.

One of the reasons that I'm so passionate about wildlife photography is that it allows me to share with others the importance of animals on our survival. It's no secret that our planet is facing many environmental challenges, from climate change to habitat destruction, and these challenges are having a significant impact on wildlife populations around the world.

As a wildlife photographer, I've had the privilege of seeing these challenges up close and personal. I've witnessed the destruction of habitats and the decline of species that are essential to our ecosystems. These experiences have opened my eyes to the critical role that animals play in our survival and the need to take action to protect them.

It's not just about protecting individual species, but also about protecting entire ecosystems. Every animal, from the smallest insect to the largest predator, plays a role in maintaining the delicate balance of nature. When one species is threatened or goes extinct, it can have a ripple effect on the entire ecosystem, potentially causing the collapse of entire food chains and ecosystems.

As humans, we are also part of this ecosystem, and our survival depends on the health and vitality of the natural world. We rely on plants and animals for food, clean air and water, and other essential resources. Protecting these resources and the animals that provide them is crucial for our survival as a species.

In addition to my passion for photography, I'm also committed to supporting organizations that work on the ground to protect animals and their habitats. These organizations are doing important work to protect vulnerable species and to raise awareness about the importance of nature conservation. I believe that every little step counts and that supporting these organizations is crucial for our survival and the survival of the animals we share this planet with.

Through my photography, I hope to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife and the need to protect it. I believe that by sharing my experiences and emotions with others, I can help to inspire people to take action and make a difference. Whether it's supporting conservation organizations or making small changes in our daily lives, every little step counts in protecting our planet and the animals that call it home.

I hope that my work inspires you to see the world through new eyes and to appreciate the beauty and majesty of nature. Thank you for your attention, and I hope that you enjoy my photography as much as I enjoy creating it.


Protecting wildlife from human conflict and poaching is an immense undertaking that requires the tireless efforts of dedicated individuals. I feel incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to accompany and witness these remarkable individuals firsthand, as they work diligently to safeguard these animals.

The commitment and sacrifices made by these conservationists are truly awe-inspiring. Their work involves implementing innovative strategies to mitigate the conflicts between humans and wildlife, as well as combating the devastating impacts of poaching.

Through community engagement, education, and the establishment of effective conservation measures, they strive to create a future where animals can thrive in harmony with local communities.

Being able to observe their efforts up close has given me a profound appreciation for the challenges they face and the dedication they bring to their work. It is through their unwavering commitment and the collaborative efforts of organizations like Desert Lion, Elephant Mara Project and Tsavo Trust that we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of these animals.

Together, we can support their crucial work and ensure a brighter future for both wildlife and our planet.

Mara Elephant Project

Tsavo Trust

Desert Lion

Safeguarding the majestic elephants of the Mara

The Elephant Mara Project is a remarkable initiative focused on the conservation and protection of the majestic elephants that inhabit the Mara ecosystem. With a deep understanding of the vital role elephants play in maintaining healthy ecosystems, this project is dedicated to ensuring the long-term survival of these iconic gentle giants.

At the core of the Elephant Mara Project's mission is the preservation of elephant habitats. By collaborating with local communities, landowners, and conservation partners, the project actively works to secure critical elephant corridors and protect vital feeding and breeding grounds. Through their efforts, they strive to create safe havens where elephants can thrive and roam freely.

To combat the devastating impacts of poaching, the Elephant Mara Project employs rigorous anti-poaching measures. These include dedicated ranger patrols, the deployment of advanced technology for surveillance, and community outreach programs to raise awareness about the importance of elephant conservation. By addressing the root causes of poaching, they actively work towards reducing the threat faced by these magnificent creatures.

Education and community involvement are also integral components of the Elephant Mara Project. They engage with local communities, providing educational programs that emphasize the value of elephants and their ecological significance. By fostering positive relationships and promoting sustainable livelihoods, the project strives to create a future where elephants and humans can coexist harmoniously.

The Elephant Mara Project's commitment to transparency is commendable. They keep donors and supporters informed about their work through regular updates, reports, and success stories, showcasing the impact of contributions on elephant conservation.

By supporting the Elephant Mara Project, we contribute to the preservation of not only the elephants themselves but also the rich biodiversity and delicate ecosystems of the Mara. Together, we can ensure a future where elephants continue to inspire awe and wonder for generations to come.

Protecting Africa's iconic wilderness

Tsavo Trust is a distinguished organization dedicated to safeguarding the magnificent wilderness of Tsavo, one of Africa's most iconic landscapes. With a strong focus on conservation and community engagement, Tsavo Trust plays a pivotal role in preserving the diverse ecosystems and protecting the precious wildlife that call this region home.

At the heart of Tsavo Trust's mission is the protection of wildlife, particularly the iconic African elephants. By employing innovative techniques such as aerial surveillance, ground patrols, and advanced technology, the organization effectively combats the threats posed by poaching and illegal wildlife trade. Their unwavering commitment to anti-poaching efforts ensures the safety and well-being of these majestic creatures.

Tsavo Trust understands that conservation cannot be achieved in isolation. Therefore, they actively engage with local communities, fostering positive relationships and promoting sustainable livelihoods. Through educational programs, training, and community empowerment initiatives, they strive to create a harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife.

Tsavo Trust stands as a beacon of hope for the preservation of Africa's natural heritage. By supporting their efforts, we contribute to the protection of vital ecosystems, the preservation of wildlife, and the empowerment of local communities.

Preserving the majesty of desert lions

Desert Lion Conservation is a non-profit organization committed to safeguarding the magnificent desert lions of Northern Namibia. Their primary objective revolves around gathering vital data on the lion population and studying their behavior, biology, and remarkable ability to adapt and thrive in the unforgiving desert environment.

Armed with this valuable information, the dedicated team works tirelessly to mitigate the human-lion conflict, seeking effective solutions that ensure the harmonious coexistence of these majestic creatures and local communities. By addressing the challenges faced by both humans and lions, they strive to create a sustainable environment where these magnificent felines can flourish.

Through there unwavering commitment to conservation, Desert Lion Conservation plays a vital role in the preservation of this extraordinary species. Join them as they strive to protect and celebrate the remarkable desert lions, ensuring their rightful place in the natural heritage of Namibia and the world.