Canon. One of the new sponsors for Safari Guide of the Year 2021.

"Cherish times like these. They are very special and the opportunity for guides to compete for themselves does not come around very often. Make this a week to remember and one that you can look back on in years to come as a very special time where knowledge was shared and bonds were formed. Just be you." Mike Karantonis, Co-Owner at Africa Direct and founder of Safari Guide of the Year.





This is the first year that you are involved in SGOTY. Why have you chosen to align your brand with this event?

Canon as a brand has been associated with wildlife photography and conservation for many years, going back to those old NatGeo magazines in the ’70s and through our conservation partner status with WWF in the 2000s. This just seemed to be the right time to start getting actively involved with the tourism aspect of wildlife photography in SA and through this competition and event, become linked to the top safari guides in SA.


Roger Machin form Canon

What will you be sponsoring?

We will be contributing not one but two prizes, both in the form of vouchers that can be redeemed for Canon equipment. A grand prize of a Canon voucher worth R20 000 and a R5000 voucher for the photography category.



Photographer Andrew Beck and Roger Machin

Any words of encouragement for the contestants?

I don’t want to reveal any of the secrets behind our judging process, but they need to think about light, behaviour and probably more about the photographer, than photography itself.



The aims of FGASA.
  • Provide educational opportunities to promote the conservation and rehabilitation of the cultural and natural heritage of southern Africa.
  • To maintain and serve a professional association of highly-trained tourist guides, tour operators and hospitality institutes.
  • To promote a culture of professional guiding based on a strong ethical, well-informed, safety-conscious approach that provides the visitor to southern Africa with a pleasant and memorable experience.
  • To fully commit to the development and implementation of the national qualifications, promoting the development of all tourist guides including historically disadvantaged individuals, as a part of the South African transformation process.
  • To promote the development of guides through the use of training programmes that conform to high standards of learner development.
  • To promote the highest standards of guide assessment by appointing fully qualified and experienced assessors.