Jack Kenner

Jack Kenner is a US-based tour leader specializing in photographic safaris to East and Southern Africa. Please contact our office to learn about how to join one of Jack’s upcoming safaris.

Jack earned a Bachelor of Art in Film from the University of Memphis in 1971, and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Scientific Photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1980. Kenner’s 35-year career has taken him from Africa to Europe and across the U.S., encompassing numerous subjects from animals, landscapes, architecture and everything in between. But his true passion has always been nature and animal photography.

Whether photographing animals in the wild or dogs in a client’s home,professional photographer Jack Kenner’s philosophy remains the same. “I want to capture the spirit of the animal,” he says. “I wait for them to show me their spirit. If I just wait, the moment always comes.”

Leading intensive photographic wildlife safaris for Intrepid Expeditions throughout East and Southern Africa, Kenner says his goal is “to stop the killing of animals for trophies and to teach his traveling companions how to use a camera to bag a wall trophy with a photograph.”

Along with a professional safari guide, Kenner teaches guests about lighting, timing and setting to capture shots of wildlife as they are in their natural habitat. And that may mean, as he says, getting you close to the point of no return. “My trips are not for the weak at heart,” Kenner says.

Not only will he assist guests in capturing memorable moments during the game drives, but he also reviews and edits photos back at camp,resulting in professional-caliber photographs.

So whether you’re a semi-professional photographer or a budding enthusiast, Kenner’s photographic wildlife safaris are the ideal option for honing skills to create one-of-a-kind photos.

“I wanted to learn photography from a wildlife photographer and had a passion to experience raw nature in the cradle of Creation. I witnessed some of the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises, had Africa’s most experienced guides lead me to wild animals in their natural habitats on my photography safari with Jack. It was real Africa, I loved it. And, I have fantastic photographs!”

Debbie R

“I had been a mental traveler to Africa most of my life, and finally went there in 2005. However, I came home with great memories and lousy snapshots. When learning of Jack Kenner’s concept for his trips, I knew it was the right African trip for me. We had lessons at our local zoo, I learned more about using my camera, how to photograph wildlife, moving and setting up quickly, and reacting to light changes so images were not missed. While on bush drives we practiced skills and in the afternoons Jack could critique results. This time, I came home with fabulous photographic trophies. ”

Lynn B

“The trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe that my children and I took with Jack was amazing. Although no one in our family had really ever picked up a camera, with his simple instruction and daily mentoring we were all immediately taking absolutely incredible pictures. We returned with great memories and gorgeous images from our trip. I understand now, from comparing our experiences in Africa to those of my friends, that we were expertly guided into places close to wildlife that most travelers never venture into. The guides, locations and instruction truly matter there, and made all the difference on our trip.”

Sara R

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