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   Wildlife Cinematographer


2016 Born In China Disney Film (DOP Pandas, Cranes) has been a big surprise hit in Chinese Cinemas - taking over $10 million in the first few weeks and introducing a new wildlife feature genre for China. Won best documentary at Silk road International Film Festival. Release April 2017 in USA and other territories.

2016 Two Cinematography nominations at Wildscreen for Life Story and Wonders of the Monsoon ‘Drought’.

2015 ‘Yellowstone’ over 2000 days in Amazon ‘Top 100’ documentary sales.

2015 ‘Life Stories - First Steps’ up for photography BAFTA, wins Cinematography Bulldog award and best Specialist Factual. Wins Jackson Hole, Animal Behaviour and Best Limited Series. Nominated Cinematography.

2015 ‘Monsoon - Drought’ wins GTC Photography Excellence Award.

I am a freelance Lighting Cameraman and filmmaker specializing in science and wildlife. Awards include three Primetime Cinematography Emmys, three Camerawork BAFTAs, a BAFTA for must see TV moment of the year, and three Guild Of Television Cameramen Awards for Excellence as well as a “Grand Teton Best of Festival” for the BBC Series Galapagos (proposed and filmed as principle camera with Richard Wollocombe).

During the last 20 years I have been lucky enough to film for many of the BBC’s finest natural history series including: Blue Planet, Planet Earth (I & II), Life of Mammals, Life in Cold Blood, Galapagos, Yellowstone, Life Stories etc.

Recently, as well as the BBC, I have been working on Feature film projects for Disney Nature and major series for Netflix/Silverback (Our Planet) and Nat. Geo (Hostile Planet).  Upcoming projects include projects for Disney, Netflix, BBC and National Geographic.

My background is a Doctorate in science and a love of stills photography. I try to combine an understanding of animal behaviour with dramatic photographic composition.

I have also been a BAFTA nominated Producer for the BBC and a scientific and photographic advisor on several television series.

My own interests extend right across the natural sciences from fossils to ethnography. My company provides lighting cameramen and specialist equipment advice for Film Production, and also runs a growing stills library of rare historical science images. There is a small sample in the Albums section.


2019 Two Emmy Nominations Cinematography for ‘Our Planet’  (Jungles & One Planet)

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Also nominated in same category for Hostile Planet. 

Best Animal Behaviour Jackson Hole for Dynasties “Painted Wolves” and also nominated in same category for Our Planet “Jungles” and Best Visualisation Film For Our Planet “One Planet”.

2019 Our Planet going out on Netflix. Sequences across three programs including blue manakin dance in the first with Nancy  Lane (lovely reaction to that from Audiences and Sir David picked out as a favourite for TV Times!) and Siberian Tiger plus Tiger ‘Making Of’ with Kieran O’Donovan.

2019 Hostile Planet going out on Nat. Geo. Shot across two progams including penguins and hummingbirds in rain. Have not seen it myself yet!

2019 Dynasties Going out! Part of the production team and camerawork for this groundbreaking new series on BBC1.

2018 Best Environmental Film IWFF Missoula for “Islands In Time - Bewitched by the Moon” film with Paul Reddish. Also winner of the 61st CINE Golden Eagle Award Nonfiction Series/Mini-Series

2018 New article on Cameraman Careers

2017: Two PRIMETIME EMMY wins two BAFTA wins plus a  NATURVISION FILM FESTIVAL Jury’s Special Prize And GREENSCREEN Jury Award for best sequence.

US International Film & Video Festival 2017: Gold Camera Episode 02 Terra Mater “Islands in Time”

Emmy Cinematography Planet Earth Islands, Emmy and BAFTA for Best Specialist Factual Series PE II and BAFTA & Broadcast Awards best TV moment of the Year for Snake Iguana sequence! BBC team, Producer Liz White, Editor Matt Meech, filmed Richard Wollocombe (principle), Tom Crowley, Freddy Deeble and me!