In 2016, Kiwi-born photographer, writer and PR consultant, Jane Wynyard, took the bold step of leaving her high profile career as a fashion media PR in London to pursue her passion for wildlife photography (you can read her story here).
After quitting her job, Jane was shortlisted for a travel photography award with the Daily Telegraph and spent nearly two months photographing wildlife in Africa and working on hyena and cheetah research projects in the Namib desert. She’s also photographed mountain gorillas in Rwanda for a story on the 50th anniversary of the Dian Fossey International Gorilla Fund.
Her photos and stories have been published in titles around the world including the leading online global fashion/lifestyle destination Refinery 29, The Australian newspaper, New Zealand’s biggest weekend broadsheet The Sunday Star Times, monthly magazines – Planet Mindful and Emirates Woman, and The Daily Mail.
In February 2017, just four months after quitting her career in fashion media, she was appointed as a GirlGaze ambassador – partnering with this visionary project to help generate visibility and support for the next generation of female photographers. In May 2017, Jane was named by global luxury hotel CitizenM as one of five inspirational women to have quit their corporate jobs to chase their dreams.
Jane is happiest in the natural world. Her adventures have included skiing the mountains of Transylvania, New Zealand, Canada and Japan, driving cattle on horseback from Wyoming to Montana and white-water rafting in Costa Rica. She’s also ridden horses up the volcanic mountains of Iceland, fished for piranha in the Amazon, photographed wildlife in Africa and surfed in Morocco, India, Bali and Brazil.
Jane is currently based between Nairobi and Samburu, Northern Kenya where she works as Head of Communications and field photographer for Save the Elephants. She also operates her own communications and photography business in Kenya.
Says Jane “I hope you enjoy my view of the world and are inspired enough by my story to follow your own heart, chase your dreams and visit as much of this beautiful planet as I have. “
Jane’s work has been published by: