Photographer and filmmaker

Adrian Steirn is a photographer and filmmaker whose passion and knowledge of wildlife has taken him across the globe. His work has seen him travel to rainforests in Brazil and Uganda, as well as mountains in Nepal and the plains of the Serengeti. In his capacity as photographer in residence for WWF South Africa, Steirn has worked actively to promote and engage with wildlife conservation, using visual images as a means to stimulate discussion and action around key issues such as poaching and habitat degradation.

In 2013, Steirn directed short films highlighting the threats to Nepal’s tiger population and Uganda’s mountain gorillas. The same year also saw the launch of 21 Icons Season I, a film and photographic celebration of men and women who have achieved the pinnacle of their vocations while contributing to society in a positive way.

Season I, which focussed on South African icons, featured the likes of Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer and Desmond Tutu. 21 Icons South Africa Season II, a continuation of Season I, was launched in August 2014. The broadcast phase will conclude in December.

In 2011, Steirn documented the last two weeks of Lord Philip Gould’s life, with Steirn’s photograph – of Gould standing on his own grave days before his death – on permanent display at the National Portrait Gallery in London. A short film, When I Die: Lessons from the Death Zone, was also created.

Currently, Steirn is directing a documentary about the majestic Caucasian leopard and its presence in Azerbaijan. Additionally, he has created a substantial body of work in the country over a number of years, overseeing the creation of a series of short films that highlight the country’s cultural achievements.

Through the course of his career, he has won multiple awards, including being named Photographer of the Year at the Africa Photographic Awards, and being named Nikon Africa’s Professional Photographer of the Year. Steirn is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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