Behind The Lens
My name is Sidney Shema. I'm a wildlife biologist and photographer from Kenya specializing in African wildlife. ShotsByShema is my personal platform for sharing my passion for wildlife and hopefully inspiring others to learn about and conserve it. I don't really like talking about myself too much but to give you a quick idea of who I am ... I currently manage the Kenya Bird Map project, I'm a bird ringer with the Ringing Scheme of East Africa, I'm on the Bird Committee of Nature Kenya (The East Africa Natural History Society) and I'm a National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow.
I've been an avid birder since 2014 and been passionate about wildlife and photography from an early age. I don't consider myself a professional photographer (yet) but rather an enthusiast. I hope you enjoy my photography. And if you like any of my prints, please purchase it and help make an impact on wildlife conservation. A percentage of profits made is donated to wildlife conservation projects in Africa.
Photography For Conservation
I believe that photography is powerful and it has the potential to make a big difference for the restoration and conservation of wildlife and wild places. I aim to use my photography, through ShotsByShema, as a tool to both raise awareness and raise funds for wildlife conservation. I share photos and photographic stories about wildlife on my Instagram, Facebook and blog. You will also find some of my photos available for sale as wall art, in the form of canvas prints, on this website. A percentage of monthly profits earned from print sales are directed towards important wildlife conservation work in Africa, with the primary focus being on Kenya.
Help Make A Differnce
30% of profit earned from ShotsByShema prints thoughout June will be used to support the establishment of the A Rocha Dakatcha Nature Reserve, which will protect a crucial area of woodland and forest along the Kenyan coast that is home to rare and threatened wildlife including 13 IUCN Red Listed species; 2 of which are endemics found nowhere else worldwide. As such, it is among the most important remaining areas of wildlife habitat in the highly threatened East African Coastal Forest Hotspot. A Rocha has already secured over 2,600 acres / 1,000 ha of this unique coastal forest. Every purchase that you make will allow the reserve to be expanded to secure all the remaining habitat where Africa's smallest owl, the Sokoke Scops Owl, occurs. Habitat which otherwise is being cut down for charcoal or pineapple plantations.