Protectors of Upemba: Sizzle Reel
As a child soldier at the early age of 15, Major Fils endured the worst of his country while being forced into a Congolese militia. Nearly two decades later, he’s overcome an unimaginable past and is now helping to rebuild the Congo through conservation. Responsible for a team of nearly two hundred young rangers, Major Fils is on a mission to reclaim the lost areas of Upemba National Park from the hands of armed rebel groups and poachers. If the risk of catching a bullet in the crossfire isn’t enough, Fils is also fighting to hold on to his position as “Major” while corrupt senior officials attempt to replace him with a rubber-armed counterpart. If successful in securing the park, Major Fils will carve a path for scientists to replenish wildlife populations and restore the landscape for future generations...
Justin is an award-winning documentary photographer and conservation filmmaker based in the Greater Kruger, South Africa – specialising in Conservation & Wildfires.
Growing up with a fierce passion for wildlife, travel, and conservation - After completing secondary school at Michaelhouse, Sullivan studied Development & Environmental Studies at the University of Stellenbosch. He bought his first camera during his travels through Germany, igniting his fervour for photography.
Sullivan started his career by focusing on contemporary issues within South Africa - Shifting focus toward wildfires in late 2015, sparking a renewed awareness to their importance and associated destruction.
Sullivan’s conservation efforts and work have since been lauded both locally and internationally, earning him multiple global awards and exhibitions in various print and online publications.
Sullivan continues to highlight the significance of the natural world and the animals that inhabit it; sparking inspiration for positive change and protection.