Denise Eriksson is a photographer born in Sweden in 1995. Ever since she was a little girl she always had a great passion for wildlife and nature. Therefore Africa was her biggest dream destination and in 2013 that dream came true! As a part of a highschool project she travelled to South Africa to volunteer, take pictures and begin to study the rhino poaching issue. The journey got off to a great start when the first animal she saw when she entered the reserve were four white rhinos, peacefully resting under the shade of a big tree. They didn’t seem to have any problems in the world totally unawere of their critical situation.
In the summer of 2014, she received a scholarship from Hasselblad Foundation to support her project raising awareness of rhino poaching. She spent five months in South Africa learning, studying, volunteering and photographing Africa’s wildlife, and in particular the Southern White Rhino.
In 2016 she went back to South Africa once more to do a gruelling and challenging course in the bush to become an anti poaching ranger. She did this to be able to gain a better understanding of what hard work goes into protecting the rhinos on a daily basis. In doing this she became the first Swedish female to qualify and work in a game reserve as an anti poaching ranger.
Through her photography, she wants to show others the beauty of our wildlife. She wants to share her passion and hopefully ignite the flame within others and inspiring others to make a positive difference too.
Denise has now moved to South Africa to fulfill her dream and work with rhino conservation full time.
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