By Amanda Alcock
A gun-wielding gang and a menacing-looking elephant were just some of the hair-raising moments experienced by a wildlife photographer on a trip to South Africa.
Brian White, from Deane, spent seven weeks travelling across Zambia, including visiting the Luangwa Valley and Victoria Falls, to capture creatures in their natural habitat.
He photographed animals including leopards, elephants and lions, as well as white rhinos, which are often targeted by poachers.
Mr White, a member of Bolton Camera Club for about 10 years, now hopes to use his images to highlight the plight of the white rhinos.
He said: “Poaching is pretty rife. A total of 668 rhinos were poached and killed last year. It’s terrible.”
The former wedding photographer also plans to give talks and lectures about his travels, during which he stayed in hostels and campsites.
While staying in a small town called Hazyview, he was awoken to the sound of a huge bang outside his hut, followed by about three more and flashes at his window.
The 53-year-old said: “I got dressed and hid down just under the window. My heart was beating just a bit rapid. More....