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Botswana Wildlife Photographer of the year winners

C4 Atelier proudly sponsored two free subscriptions to our Atelier to the Botswana Wildlife Photographer of the year winner and the runner-up.

First place went to Joe Misika for his brilliant photo of an ox-pecker on an impala. We love the expression Joe captured on the impalas face and that’s exactly what photography is about – capturing moments.

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Joe is self-employed as a photographer, photo host & guide. He is also a partner with Chobe Collective.

After spending more than a decade working in IT, Joe took up photography. What started as a hobby has evolved into a career. Joe’s favourite subject to photograph is wildlife and landscapes, at which he clearly excels

You can see more of Joe’s work on Facebook - Joe Misika Photography / Chobe Collective and on Instagram -

The first runner up was Tshepo Phokoje was the only female photographer to make it to the nomination stage of the Wildlife category. Her well executed shot of a Martial Eagle in flight shows perfect timing with the wings open, giving us a glimpse of the patterns under the wings and on the body, but perhaps the real magic of this shot is in the bright orange eye focused on the flight ahead.

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Tshepo is a full time employed Motswana lady and only started photography about a year ago after a friend encouraged her and lent her his DSLR. Since then she’s been taking photos of her children, flowers and butterflies in her yard. Inspired, she started going on safaris as she kept gravitating towards the pictures of wild animals and landscapes. She enrolled in a 6-week Art workshop run by the American embassy to help her understand the concept and principles of Art. Tshepo is self-taught and relied on watching Youtube videos and advice from other photographers to learn the craft of photography.

On photography, Tshepo says “it’s more than just pressing the shutter button, it has been able to calm me down and ground me spiritually and it has offered me some therapy. It has made me appreciate nature and life in general, more than ever before”.

We are so pleased Tshepo will get to benefit from our Atelier site. Already she has been using it and says “I am honored to have access to the C4 Atelier website and I have been learning a lot from the webinars that I have watched so far”.

You can see more of Tshepo’s photos on her Insta account – tphokoje, or check out her travel and photo webpage at

To both Joe and Tshepo – Congratulations! We are delighted that you will be able to learn with us and take your photography to the next level.