Svalbard Photo Tour

"The Svalbard trip was exceptionally well organised and everything was effortlessly taken care of. Ronald Visser imparted his vast knowledge of the area, sea ice, glaziers and the animals with enthusiasm - together with Shems photographic expertise and passion they ensured we would have the best photographic memories.jpgptain and crew on the SS Stockholm also ensured that the trip surpassed my expectations. Safety was always taken care of as that is something photographers tend to forget in the excitement of getting the shot.jpg starkness of the landscapes photographed from the SS Stockholm leaving Svalbard and travelling through the icey regions of the North is breathtaking. Added to this being able to photograph Polar Bears, Walrus, Seals, Rheindeer and the final excitement of the Arctic Fox in their natural habitat was unforgettable.jpgolours of early morning sunrise, brilliant light through the ice sculptures, misty moody ice capped mountains gave us photography at its best.jpg weather conditions were challenging at times but Ronald and Shem ensured we always got the shot. Timing was essential when photographing from a moving Zodiac, together with climbing up slippery slopes - all added to the excitement of a once in a lifetime trip. Im very lucky to have been part of this amazing experience - a highly recommended trip and destination for every Photographer.jpgk you Shem and the C4 Team."

Glynnis Salvado
06 September 2013


"Shem, Thank you for arranging the Svalbard photography trip.jpgs was an amazing once in a lifetime experience always to be remembered. Everything on this trip exceeded my expectations from the services and meals on the ship to the wild life and landscape photographic opportunities we experienced.jpg exceptional scenery and nearly 24 hour perfect light makes this trip a landscape photographers dream.jpg polar bear visits to our ship on the packed ice, the inquisitive walrus approaches to the zodiac, the sly arctic fox and bird life, just to mention the highlights is a paradise for wildlife photographers You and our guides knowledge, experience and assistance during the trip was of great value and much appreciated. I highly recommend the Svalbard experience to anyone interested in photography and a must visit as a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Jamie van Zyl
01 September 2013


"Shem, Once again C4 Images and Safaris delivers a photographic trip beyond belief! Polar Bears, walruses, seals and Arctic foxes in their natural environment in one of the most beautiful regions on Earth. Great light, sightings, information, both about the environment/wildlife and how to photograph it - what an awesome trip! Topped up with great company and superb organisation - I am very lucky to have been on this trip, thank you again Shem and the team at C4."

Christine Chong
01 September 2013

Namibia Self Drive

"The self drive photographic tour of Namibia was exceptional.jpgks to Shem (for the chauffeur driven tour) and Denis Glennon of Iconic Images in Perth for the most fantastic photographic trip imaginable. One of the really enjoyable aspects was the access to the photographers and the help they offered with good grace and understanding of my limited ability. While I have photographed wildlife before with Shem and Denis in Kenya this trip was especially good as I learnt about landscape photography. It went well beyond my expectations and I have come home with some truly amazing images.jpg accommodation, meals and the places we visited were superb. Shem and Denis had really done their homework.jpge were many highlights but just to mention a few, the balloon flight over the dunes at Sossusvlei, the sunrise and sunset shoots at Dead Vlei and the leopard hide at Okonjima.jpgks also to my fellow travellers for their company and friendship."

Helen Newnham
01 July 2013

Mashshatu photo workshop

"Amazing experience with C4 at Mashatu. Shem & Andre taught us so much, to better our photography, added to this, unbelievable sightings, almost as if C4 managed to "set up" these sightings in a studio.jpgy got us into the best possible position to enhance our photographic expe rience. C4 are professional & are fantastic hosts, always willing to share their knowledge of photography, the bush & animal behaviour. Mashatu delivered on the quality of the sightings. Not our 1st trip with C4 & will not be our last." Deepak Daya 01 June 2013

Mashshatu photo workshop

"I would like to a write a quick note to say thank you for a great photographic safari. Shem’s photographic knowledge and willingness to share his skills with us made this trip well worth it.jpg sightings and the opportunities that were presented to us were spectacular, from the first game drive to the last drive."

Prakash Bhikha
01 June 2013

Mashatu photo workshop

"Shem, Thanks to you for making our trip such a memorable one. Great workshop, excellent sightings and a wonderful bunch of people. We will be joining you guys on another safari again for sure."

Farida Carim
01 May 2013

Mashatu photo workshop

"Have to say that C4 Images is the best.jpgks Shem. You helped and guided us soooo much. Couldnt ask for better."

Anton Roos
01 May 2013

Mashatu Photo workshop

"I had an unforgettable time and learned quite a bit. Our hosts, Shem & Albie were star performers and contributed, together with the Mashatu guides & staff, to make the trip a memorable one."

Gerrie van Vuuren
01 April 2013

Art Wolfe workshop

"Dear Shem I just wanted to say thank you for bringing Art Wolfe to South Africa to share his philosophy, knowledge and experience with us. I thoroughly enjoyed it and in my opinion was a once in a lifetime experience, I will never forget. I am in total awe of some of the photographs that I saw of Art Wolfe. What a man, what an artist in photography.jpgk you Shem for all the help and giving your personal attention while we were shooting.jpgocation was just perfect and the accommodation and food was excellent. Nothing but praise for how smoothly everything went. I have come away more educated and greatly inspired by the talks given by Art Wolfe. Its good to have this renewed enthusiasm and inspiration to see the picture.jpgx again and all the best."

Joey Nel
01 April 2012

Art Wolfe workshops

"We had an awesome 3 day event in the coastal town called Arniston. We had great lectures on composition, the 10 deadly sins and got to know Arts photography past and some of his amazing experiences.jpgks to Shem for bringing us this great opportunity to learn from one of the best nature photographers." Chantelle Grobbelaar 01 April 2012

Okavango Delta

"Hi Shem, The organisation of this trip was simply amazing, creating a foundation for the unique blend of opportunity and expertise we had access to. Spending all this time surrounded by encouraging colleagues photographing the Okavango has improved my skills, in particular my ability to manually control the images I want. I have had several trips to Africa but never have I returned with so many keepers. Timing our trip just as the wet was beginning was a master stroke and to see the Okavango under big skies was magnificent.jpg selection of camps and the wealth of local knowledge combined to make this trip the magical experience it was. Ive been home a month and still think about our adventure every day."

Graham Morgan
01 November 2011

Mashatu Photo workshop

"Hi Shem, I wanted to thank you again for such a great trip. I had an awesome time and it has just sparked my enthusiasm to get back out there (not that I know when that will be possible). Your discussion topics were spot on for me and I left feeling like I had a good sense on where my photography was at and what I need to work on to take it to the next level. Will definitely be planning to get on one of your trips again and hope to catch up for a beer when you are in Oz later in the year. I am so impressed by what you are doing in the industry over there and all the new projects - keep up the good work. Hoping our paths cross again in the not too distant future." Josh Watts 01 March 2011

Mashatu Photo workshop

"Being a novice photographer I found Shem’s openness to share his skills, knowledge and experience in the subject as excellent and has certainly inspired me to improve myself in photography as a serious amateur." Clive and Debra Townsley 01 March 2011

Mashatu Photo workshop

"Thank you for an amazing couple of days in the bush. We were fortunate to enjoy great sightings and we benefited from Shems vast experience and knowledge about both wildlife and photography. Shem is a genuinely nice guy and a very good teacher. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to improve their photography."

Florian Ruff
01 March 2011

Masai Mara

"Shem, The best wildlife experience of a lifetime.jpgocation of the lodge within the Masai Mara reserve adds the extra time in the morning and evenings critical for photography. A must for any person planning to visit the Mara.jpgee photographers per vehicle only, a huge draw card!!"

Henri and Melanie Loubser
01 October 2010

Botswana Okavango Safari

"I arrived in Botswana a complete novice with my camera however with the endless patience and time that you Shem and Jay where prepared to give to me I developed an understanding of my camera (that the book of instructions did not help me achieve.) Time and encouragement led me to see things differently, now I see many good things to photograph. I was impressed by the organisation, flexibility and communication with the drivers and spotters that allowed a ladies car to go out. I enjoyed every minute of the experience and want to thank you, Shem and Jay for all the help I received."

Heather Dey
01 October 2010

Masai Mara

"What a magnificent experience! Thanks Shem for arranging a life changing trip for us! Thanks also for teaching me as a novice so much about photography in the short time we were able to spend together! We hope to be able to do this again in a few years!"

Harty and Anne Borcherds
01 September 2010


"Shem, Thank you most sincerely for our remarkable experience in Kenya. What a blast! This was the best three weeks of my 3300 weeks on this planet!! Gayle, the Non-Photographer allegedly on this safari was also ecstatic about our experiences and with the help of Shem Compion and other world-class photographers, has produced her own great images. We have been spoilt by excellent planning, superb accommodation, knowledgeable driver/guides who could predict animal movement and understood photographer requirements, good food and absolutely wonderful company. It was most rewarding to have the company of fellow photography enthusiasts,s haring tips and comments while the action unraveled before our eyes. Fellow travelers rapidly became friends and shared equipment and knowledge generously. We owe you...."

Peter and Gail
01 September 2010

Masai Mara

"It was a life-long dream to see the abundant wildlife on the plains of the Mara and I finally got my opportunity to go with Shem and C4 Images & Safaris in September 2010. To say that I had high expectations from this trip would have been an understatement in the extreme. Yet, the Mara delivered massively and it was everything I had hoped for and so much more.jpg quality of the sightings is truly impressive even without any Wildebeest crossings as the abundance of predators is simply sublime. We were so fortunate to add to that, several Wildebeest crossings; one of several thousand and that is an experience which I will never forget. It was very comforting being with C4 Safaris who managed the logistics and travel arrangements with aplomb. Not once was I uncertain over what to expect or where to go and what to do and that is testimony to the experience that Shem and his guides bring to the overall experience. I cannot recommend this tour more highly for anyone who wants to add this to their bucket list.jpgk you Shem, Greg, Andre and Minette for a most memorable experience!"

Ian Weatherburn
01 September 2010

Chiefs camp, Okavango Delta

"Shem helps to break down barriers in Photographers capabilities to allow clients perform at their best."

Guy and Alice Larin
01 November 2009

Mashatu photo workshop

"We had a truly wonderful time on the workshop. We have been to Mashatu several times and the time spent with Shem enhanced an already wonderful experience. His photographic knowledge and ability to confer that knowledge made for a fantastic learning opportunity. However his familiarity with the area and love and passion for nature made it a truly unique trip and one we hope to repeat."

Mike and Vicky Morford
01 August 2009

Mashatu photo workshop

"An excellent destination to conduct a field workshop. At the current price I wont hesitate to join again.jpg experience and sightings will always be part of my memory.jpgks Shem for yet another few beautiful days out in nature!"

Johann Mader
01 August 2009

Mashatu photo workshop

"I was so lucky to be there and to share in the pixel shedding!! This was an absolutely amazing adventure.jpgks to Shem Compion and Andre Cloete who made it really worthwhile as well as the friendly staff of Mashatu.jpgs workshop is a must for every keen photographer, with or without experience. I took literally thousands of images and it will take me a long, long time to properly work through it.jpgks once again for this magnificent experience!"

Piet Smit
01 July 2008

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