"Your normally camped not far from a pride of lions, elephants can troop through at night, a hippo brushed my tent one morning; all sorts of things happen and there are lots of near misses." Africa's 'big five' weren't much of a concern in Sam Oakes' previous career as a desk-bound graphic designer, but since taking up wildlife photography and adventure guiding in 2005, things have got a lot more interesting for the Harrogate local.
It all started when Oakes took the leap to quit his job and book a flight to Russia.
"I wanted to go on a bit of an adventure really, so I booked a flight to Moscow and a train ticket across the Trans-Siberian through Mongolia to China and then just decided to see where I'd end up after that.
"I came home 18 months later through a lot of South East Asia and Australia with a large body of work."
Having photographed both animal and human subjects, as well as landscapes, in countries as diverse as Croatia, Cambodia and Tanzania, Oakes has produced a line of greetings cards, a 2011 calendar and coffee table book, 'East Africa - A Journey Through Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.'