Wild Shots Educational Outreach

Wild Shots Educational Outreach programme aims to engage children from disadvantaged communities in wildlife and conservation around the Greater Kruger Area through photography. These children live within 20 km of the Kruger gates but have never been inside. How can we expect these young people to support conservation if they've never seen an elephant or a rhino? The project is initiated and run by Mike Kendrick. At school he teaches the children to work with donated DSLR cameras and takes them into nature reserves to document the wildlife. Their pictures are selected and printed for photo-exhibitions to engage a larger audience.

  • Hilco Jansma
    Het Noorderplantsoen
  • Hilco Jansma
    Het Noorderplantsoen
  • Hilco Jansma
    Het Noorderplantsoen
  • Mike Kendrick
    Key Cast
  • Renger Koning - Soundbase
    Bezness as Usual
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    3 minutes 21 seconds
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    May 6, 2016
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    South Africa
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    Digital 1080p mov, GH3 Panasonic
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Director Biography - Hilco Jansma

Hilco Jansma (1979) earned his MSc in biology in at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. In his spare time he developed his skills for filming and editing. He volunteered in the 'Flight Artists' project at the Wageningen University and operated a Phantom highspeed camera. This resulted in spectacular footage of animals in slow motion which was handed to the film team of the Dutch natural history documentary film ‘De Nieuwe Wildernis’.

In 2014 Hilco decided to make a nature documentary on ‘Het Noorderplantsoen’ in the city of Groningen, fully in charge of the camera, script, editing and production. His goal is to show people that nature is everywhere, even on our doorstep and that urban nature can be just as fascinating as what we see in BBC documentaries on exotic places. He wants to amaze people to enhance sustainable use of our environment.

In the summer of 2015 his documentary was screened in local cinemas and the Noorderzon festival, drawing over 1500 visitors. Subsequently the film had its world premiere at the Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2015, at which his short video ‘A Leap of Frog’ won the audience award for non-professional documentary. Abroad 'The Noorderplantsoen' documentary was screened at Naturvision, Greenscreen and the Menigoute Festival.

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Director Statement

As I visited my friends in Hoedspruit, South Africa, they told me about Mike Kendrick and his start up project to teach nature photography to local children. I decided to join him for a day and make a promotional video for his wonderful project. Children are the future and to have them engaged in nature and conservation will change the future of all animal and plant species for the better.