DAVID PAYNTER was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and educated in Cape Town. At the age of
Paynter has won many national and international awards for his work, mainly within the ambit of news photography, including, among others, Sports Photograph of the Year (UK), Regional Press Photographer of the year (UK), First Prize, News Category, World Press Photo (Holland) and the National Press Award for Enterprising Journalism (South Africa). On the only occasion when a photograph was entered in a wildlife contest (it was submitted, unknown to Paynter, by a colleague), he was awarded the Grand Prize in the prestigious American Sierra Club Awards for 1992.
His published books include the definitive guide, Kruger: Portrait of a National Park, The Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe ( a story about a herd of elephants formally adopted by President Robert Mugabe in order to ensure their ongoing protection from poachers and so-called “
Major exhibitions of his work (entitled Take a Tusker by the Tail) were first displayed in the United Kingdom, as well as within four major cities across Southern Africa, and
In July 2017 he and Cav. Giuseppe Arena opened the “Private Gallery” in the beautiful wine district of Agliano in the rolling hills of the Piemonte, Italy.