Kirstin Scholtz spent nine years as the Senior Photographer for the World Surf League (2008 - 2016), specialising in photographing the world's best surfers competing in the world's best waves.
Her work has splashed the pages of newspapers, magazines, and websites around the world as she traveled extensively following the elite men and women's World Tour's from Australia, to Brazil, Fiji, South Africa, Tahiti, USA, France, Portugal and Hawaii.
After a life-changing experience on a rhino notching exercise with the Chipembere Foundation, during the Billabong Pro Jeffrey's Bay in South Africa in 2015, Kirstin's eyes were opened to the plight of the rhino and Africa's wildlife in general, and she vowed to join the fight for conservation.
Kirstin began volunteering with the Australian Rhino Project soon after that, photographing various initiatives and trips as well as running their social media pages and was soon invited to become an ambassador for the organisation.
It was through her work with TARP that she met WildArk founders Mark and Sophie Hutchinson and was invited to join a once in a lifetime trip to Bristol Bay Alaska, to raise awareness for the greatest wild salmon fishery under threat from Pebble Mine.
In January 2017, Kirstin decided to step off tour and turn her lens inland, focussing on conservation and the plight of the wild as Head of Content for conservation startup WildArk.
WildArk's mission is to secure more space for biodiversity globally and reconnect people with nature.
Born in South Africa, and raised spending every school holiday on her grandfather's private nature reserve, Kirstin's earliest passion was wildlife and conservation. She has found a renewed passion for photography and story-telling in this area through WildArk.
Kirstin graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, specialising in Photojournalism from Rhodes University in South Africa in 2003.
Kirstin now lives in Jan Juc, Australia.
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