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Kirsten Frost

Kirsten Frost began his interest in nature and photography at a young age with a small point-and-shoot camera in hand.

His work soon became recognised in the South African photography scene, and by the age of 16 he was sponsored professional level equipment. His work was seen gracing the covers of national magazines before the tender age of 18. Kirsten’s passion for Africa’s wild places led him to further his studies in Nature Conservation. After successfully completing his theory component, he went on to gain experience in the field, with a particular interest in wetland ecosystems.

Kirsten has been awarded in numerous international photographic competitions, and after completing his studies, Kirsten secured a job as a photographic guide at Mashatu Game Reserve, where he shared his knowledge on wildlife photography and the natural environment with guests. He was awarded 2017 Botswana’s Wildlife Photographer of The Year for his captivating portfolio created at Mashatu.

Kirsten now plans and leads cultural and wildlife photo tours worldwide in association with ORYX Photo Tours. He travels with guests to the world’s most awe-inspiring photographic destinations as he tutors photography. Kirsten has since led tours South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Ecuador and Madagascar. He looks forward to exploring Antarctica with guests in 2019. As one of ORXY’s youngest leaders, Kirsten’s future expeditions are sure to be exciting adventures that pushing the boundaries in search of incredible images.

Kirsten Frost is a Photo Tour Leader for ORYX private and scheduled departures.

Client Testimonials

  • Private Botswana TourJ & C Newcombe, Australia

    Kirsten, thank you very much for your help over the last four days. I have learnt so much about all things photography in a short amount of time. You are incredibly generous with your knowledge and time. All the best with your future ventures – I am confident that you will continue to be very successful!

  • Private Botswana TourBob & Lenore Tantleff

    My wife and I spent three mornings in the blind and an afternoon session with Kirsten at Mashatu Game Reserve. We want to let you know how informative it was. Kirsten’s advice and instruction tremendously improved my photography. He is caring and a very good teacher. We highly recommend and endorse Kirsten. We look forward to meeting up with Kirsten the next time we go on Safari.

  • Ethiopia – Suri TribeRoger Trythall, United Kingdom

    I had a wonderful time, fascinating and full of learning not only the photography, but with new colleagues and about a way of life, like the Himbas of Namibia, that could be made extinct, in time.

    I believe the team supporting Kirsten did an outstanding job, September the chef, the drivers and the others who went about securing us and assisting us with baggage, cameras etc. Well done! I would particularly like to mention Bray who quietly and efficiently ensured that resources were available to us and that the subjects for photography were in place. The camp was well appointed and comfortable.

    And of Kirsten…well in his own right he is an outstanding photographer. He also is a good teacher and I endeavoured to put into practice his advice. He was extremely patient. It was one of the trips where I returned feeling I had more understanding of the camera and the art of photography. He deserves my full thanks!

  • MadagascarTerry Jackson, United States of America

    I have been on many tours around the world and yours was the best!

  • MadagascarJason Heirtzler, United States of America

    Very wonderful trip and enjoyed all parts of it!

  • MadagascarKah Yin Loke, Singapore

    Kirsten, whom I understand has just joined Oryx, is so very creative and has such undeniable natural talent – he has a wonderful eye for photographing wildlife and people from different and unusual angles. I was constantly amazed at the photographs which he took! Although I was relatively new to photography, he was wonderfully patient with me regarding the technical details with the use of the camera and his explanations were simple and easy to understand. He is so humble even though he is so knowledgeable, and has a quiet, sweet and unobtrusive manner, mingling so well with the local Malagasi people and children. By putting them at ease, he was able to take very candid photographs which would often relate a story. He is also a very observant and caring individual – we shared many light hearted moments throughout the tour. It was so easy for me to open up to him with the many questions I had on photography and despite all this, he was always polite and patient. Time and time again throughout the tour, whenever I had trouble with my camera in optimising the settings, he would instinctively come up to me to help me, without even waiting for me to ask for assistance. I am so grateful for his kindness and generosity in sharing his expertise with me, including taking time off during the down time period after lunch in the sweltering heat of mid-day to go through the basics of processing images. At such a tender age, Kirsten has so much potential as a photographic guide – I am really excited to see what the future holds for him. At the end of the tour when I reached Johannesburg airport, I took quite a while to come out of customs as they threatened to detain me at the clinic, having just come from Madagascar which was experiencing an outbreak of plague. When I eventually emerged from the customs counters, I realised that both Dale and Kirsten had kindly collected my luggage and were patiently waiting for me at the luggage belt. I was ever so thankful for their kindness. I have not seen this level of professionalism before with any other tour group and they have my highest respect. They have been so very inspirational.

  • MadagascarKah Yin Loke, Singapore

    I just wanted to thank Oryx for organising the Madagascar tour for 2017 which was led by Dale Morris and Kirsten Frost. Both were exceptional and exemplary guides who really demonstrated a passion for teaching photography and for being totally committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all the tour participants. It was my first tour with Oryx and certainly my best tour ever. I was so very impressed with the high level of professionalism and integrity which both of them demonstrated.

    Dale patiently taught me how to use my macro lens and flash and this introduction opened up a whole new and exciting world for me! I never knew that macro-photography was so interesting and it is only just the beginning! He was constantly trying to find the best angles for all the tour participants to photograph the lemurs. He taught me how to use my wide angle lens to take the lemurs from a low angle with a sunburst effect! He taught me how to get down and dirty on the ground to obtain wonderfully low angles for photographing the narrow ring tailed mongoose and the nightjar. He taught me how to pan fast moving subjects. He taught me to take note of the background when taking photos. He even set up a mini studio in the forest for photographing the colourful frogs and magnificent chameleons. Everyday brought a new learning experience!! I was so grateful for some of the images which I obtained – something I never dreamt I would ever achieve. Dale even introduced me to fine art photography and night photography of the majestic baobab trees, and suddenly, the artistic potential of photography became so exciting! Dale has my highest respect as a guide. He was able to control the pace of the tour, ensuring that all participants were well taken care of. He has the innate ability to anticipate problems and, in fact, overcame all the problems with the internal flights in Madagascar, remaining calm, unflustered and in complete control throughout. He even anticipated that the final internal departure flight might be a problem (it was eventually cancelled) and, in so doing, he averted a disaster by alerting Oryx, which then chartered a flight for our group. This speaks volumes for the entire Oryx team led by Marius, who must be a visionary leader to have hand-picked such a good team.
    In summary, it really has been a singular honor and a privilege for me to have travelled with both Dale and Kirsten. I hope to do so many more times in the near future. Thank you once again for making one of my childhood dreams to visit Madagascar come true. I praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  • MadagascarJason Heirtzler, United States of America

    The trip was really excellent and ORYX has some really great guides with Dale and Kirsten. They kept an eye on all the logistics and worked nonstop to get up early and get us on location. If there’s a good photo shot to be had, they both always made sure we had plenty of opportunity to get the pictures we want and many helpful suggestions for making better shots, weather it’s an alternative angle or tweaks to the camera. Some tour guides tend to get caught up in the moment and shot a lot of pictures themselves but they never shot photos themselves unless to test the lighting or if we were all done and I appreciate this because it’s hard to resist in such a location. The local guide was also excellent and I peppered him with questions about the people, the language and the culture and learned a lot. Would I do another trip with them and Oryx? Definitely!

  • Private South Africa TourNima Sarikhani, United Kingdom

    Kirsten was great! For someone so young to be so skilled at leading a tour it is highly impressive. He is fun, friendly, warm, inquisitive, encouraging and enthusiastic in teaching new techniques and skills. I hope to travel with him again one day, he is going to go far!

Upcoming Tours with Kirsten

Madagascar Photo Tour 1 SPACE AVAILABLE
 
5 Dec 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
11 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Kenya_Photo_Safari_034 FULLY BOOKED
 
26 Jan 2020 - 3 Feb 2020
9 Days
5 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
waorani amazon photo tour 1 Space Available
 
01 April 2020 - 07 April 2020
7 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Mashatu - Botswana Photo Tour( Fully Booked
 
14 June 2020 - 19 June 2020
6 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Scarlet Macaws Amazon Photo Tour NEW TOUR
 
21 Jun 2020 - 03 Jul 2020
13 Days
8 Guests + 2 ORYX Leader
Tribes of Kenya Photo Tour Spaces Available
 
26 Jan 2021 - 3 Feb 2021
9 Days
5 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Patagonia Photography Tour Spaces Available
10 Days
6 Guests & 1 ORYX Leader
waorani amazon photo tour NEW TOUR
 
01 April 2021 - 07 April 2021
7 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Fully Booked
 
10 June 2021 - 15 June 2021
6 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Mashatu - Botswana Photo Tour FULLY BOOKED
 
21 June 2021 - 26 June 2021
6 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Ecuador Photography Tour NEW TOUR
 
21 Jun 2021 - 03 Jul 2021
13 Days
8 Guests + 2 ORYX Leader

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