Nigel Pavitt was born in England but has lived in Kenya since 1955. He has been a professional photographer since the 1980's with a major interest in the indigenous people and their customs, wildlife and landscapes.
He has written and illustrated a number of fascinating books including "Kenya: The First Explorers", "Samburu", "Turkana", "Africa's Great Rift Valley" and "Kenya: A Country in the Making 1880-1940''. He has also participated in a book on the "Wild Flowers of East Africa" by Sir Michael Blundell and "Lamu: Kenya's Enchanted Island".
His most recent project was lead photographer in the magnificent and widely acclaimed book "Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom" which was published by the American University Cairo Press in 2017.
Nigel Pavitt has photographed many advertising, commercial and editorial assignments in Africa. His awards include The Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya.
Niger, Agadez, Inebeizguine. A young Wodaabe man in traditional embroidered garments participates in the yakee dance known as the Dance of the Eyes.
Kenya, Samburu County, Samburu National Reserve. An alert leopard sits on top of a rock
Ethiopia, Seba Village, Afar Region. A young Afar woman with braided hair and facial scarification typical of the Darhimela clan.
Niger, Agadez. The minaret of the 16th century Agadez mosque which is claimed to be in the tallest adobe structure in the world.
Zambia, Kafue National Park, Busanga Plains. A herd of elephants moving through dry, dusty terrain in the late afternoon
Niger, Agadez, Iferouane. A Tuareg races his camel sitting on a traditional camel saddle.
South Africa, Western Province, Cape Town. Brightly coloured houses in the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town, formerly known as the Malay Quarter.
Kenya, Laikipia. A lioness with her three small cubs.
Ethiopia, Amhara Region, Simien Mountains, Debark. A portrait of a male Gelada. This distinctive species of Old World monkey is only found in the Ethiopian Highlands.
Kenya, Amboseli, Kajidado County. A Malachite Kingfisher.
Ethiopia, Amhara Region, Lalibela. Priests each carry a tabot (a replica of the Ark of the Covenant) on their heads during the annual Timkat festival of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church which celebrates...
Iran, Kashan. The ornately decorated interior of Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse. The bathhouse was constructed in 16th century and renovated after earthquake damage in 1778.
Nigeria, Kano State, Kano. Two young Hausa boys in Islamic dress.
Botswana, Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta. Red Lechwe in tall grass.
Kenya, Amboseli, Kajiado County. Zebras create dusk as they walk through friable volcanic soil at dusk.
Nigeria, Kano State, Kano. A Hausa man dressed in a fine pink turban.
Nigeria, Kano State, Kano. A large group of Hausa riflemen armed with old blunderbusses and homemade guns participate in a Durbar parade on foot.
Kenya, Amboseli, Kajiado County. Snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, with White-bearded Wildebeest in the foreground.
Kenya, Kilgoris County, Oloololo. A Maasai girl decorates the face of her friend during an eunoto ceremony.
Kenya, Samburu National Reserve, Samburu County. Numerous weaver birds' nests hang from the branches of a tall acacia tree.
Indonesia, Central Kalimatan, Tanjung Puting National Park. A large male Bornean Orangutan with distinctive cheek pads yawns while hanging in a tree.
Indonesia, Central Kalimatan, Tanjung Puting National Park. A female proboscis monkey.
Kenya, Samburu County, Bawa. A Samburu warrior with beaded bracelets rests his hands on a walking stick.
Chile, Torres del Paine, Magallanes Province. Sunrise over the peaks of Cuernos del Paine. The notable formation of contrasting igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks is unique in the world.
Ethiopia, Amhara Region, Simien Mountains, Debark. A shy boy with a lamb protects himself from the cold with a blanket over his head.
Kenya, Kajiado County, Amboseli National Park. A herd of African elephants on the move.
Kenya, Marsabit County, Kalacha. A young Muslim girl at the annual Kalacha Festival.
Ethiopia, Gheralta, Tigray Region. A Tigray woman at the entrance to her home. Her hairstyle is typical of the region. The people are deeply religious and often have crosses tattooed on their forehea...
India Rajasthan, Ranthambhore. A female Bengal tiger with one of her one-year-old cubs.
India, Rajasthan, Jaipur, Amer. A Rajasthani woman in bright clothing sweeps the floor of a beautiful pavilion in the magnificent 16th century Amber Fort.
Oman, Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate, Nizwa. A black masked woman at the lively livestock market at Nizwa where local farmers sell goats and cattle. These masks usually denote a woman’s Bedouin heritage.
Niger, Agadez, Sahara Desert, Tenere, Kogo. Sand dunes in the vast Tenere Desert.
Cuba, Havana, Habana Vieja. A colourful stilt walker pauses to entertain passers-by in a street in Habana Vieja.
Kenya, Laikipia. A lion.
Iran, Qom. The ornate geometric golden domed ceiling of the Hazrat-e Masumeh mosque. Shi'a Muslims regard Qom as an important Holy City.
Botswana, Hunda Island, Okavango Delta. A chacma baboon wading through shallow water with a baby riding piggy-back.
Botswana, Hunda Island, Okavango Delta. A Lilac-breasted Roller.
Botswana, Hunda Island, Okavango Delta. A Red Lechwe taking a leap over shallow water.
Kenya, Masai Mara, Narok County. A female leopard cub with her cub.