National Geographic Stories 2016

 First contact Machiguenga family. Yomibato, Peru

First contact Machiguenga family. Yomibato, Peru

Manu National Park - June 2016

Manu was my second story for the year long National Geographic series on National Parks. Remote and inaccessible, Manu ranges from the Peruvian Andes down into lowland rainforest and is the world's most bio-diverse national park. The subject of the coverage however was predominantly Manu's indigenous people. I spent weeks inside the park living with the Machiguenga in the communities of Yomibato and Tayakome. The lead image was one of Yoina (age 9) with her pet saddleback tamarin on her head. Many of the people I met on the assignment had only come into 'contact' days before I shot their portraits (at left and others similar in the gallery). Manu was a passion project as I have been visiting it for over twenty years. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GALLERY manu-national-park

Yellowstone (Grand Teton NP) - MAY 2016

This special issue of the NG Magazine dedicated solely to the Greater Yellowstone Eco-system was one of the biggest projects National Geographic has ever undertaken. The magazine coverage involved a team of photographers all shooting over a period of two years. I spent my time in the eco-system specialising in the wildlife, landscapes and people of Grand Teton National Park.

The main focus of my work was aquatic species - otters, beavers, cutthroat trout, etc. The visual mantra for the issue was to show the animals of the eco-system in their environment. This meant using various techniques including remote cameras and camera traps to get close to wild animals, while at the same time keeping the iconic America background in shot. I hope you enjoy the images. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GALLERY  yellowstone


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Vultures - january 2016

Vultures are one of the fastest declining family of species in the world at the moment. They have experienced declines up to 99% in some species  in India and Asia. They are now experiencing a catastrophic decline in Africa due to direct and indirect poisoning, loss of habitat and dwindling food supplies. I covered this unravelling disaster for the January 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Images were shot across east and southern Africa. There are few people working on vulture conservation in Africa and they are almost all under funded. Those I worked directly with deserve special mention - Darcy Ogada, Andre Botha, Peter Bridgeford, Holger Kolberg, Maria Diekmann, Kerri Wolter, Gerhard Verdoon, Ben Hoffman, Munir Virani and the one and only (and there really is only one) Simon Thomsett. Simon and I have worked extensively on vultures and other conservation issues in Africa and he is in my opinion one of the world's great humans. Ken Geiger was my editor at National Geographic. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GALLERY vultures