Harry Skeggs - Conserve
Harry explores the world with his Nikon documenting wildlife and culture aiming to educate and inspire.
Eye of the tiger (Harry Skeggs)
A mountain gorilla looks out with a curious look among the vegetation in the impenetrable forest of bwindi, in Uganda. (Harry Skeggs, National Geographic competition winner)
I am a multiple award winning wildlife and travel photographer and social media travel influencer. I am based in London but naturally travel the globe in search of wildlife and the wildernesses they call their home and have been fortunate enough to have now travelled to over 65 countries. I originally got into photography as a teenager. I had always wanted to be a painter, and had little love or even interest for photography. But I fell in love with travel and the stop and start nature of my trips didn't allow for painting and slowly I found a camera in my hand- and to begin with, I failed dismally. With no formal tuition, little by little I taught myself new skills and techniques, improving through failure, a learning process which will never stop! Having my work in national geographic was always a childhood dream. Now, with double page spreads and a number of articles, as well as contracts for several more, this dream has become a reality. Working with Nikon has also been an absolute pleasure, a brand I have nothing but praise for. Lastly, I have been lucky enough to have won a number of international prizes which has been a real honour. The purpose of my work is both to explore the beauty our world has to offer, but also to help protect traditional culture and wildlife through education and conservation.
If a man points at something with an axe, I tend to look - luckily he had fantastic eyes, and a huge help finding birds of paradise. Shooting with the 500mm f/4
My most recent trip, to Papua New Guinea, has been particularly eye opening. A country that truly remains one of the last frontiers. My aim was to show how globalisation is impacting traditional culture, but also to explore the beauty this country has to offer - birds of paradise, primary jungles and incredible people. It was a privilege meeting and learning about these people. As part of this trip I was also showcasing some gear for my sponsor, Nikon, working with their top of the range gear, the D5, 105mm portrait lens, 500mm f4 and 300m f4.
We live in a world under siege - by global warming, by poaching, by deforestation and any number of other human impacts. It is hard for any of us to empathise with words. But an image of an orphaned orangutan, victim to the slashing of the borneo forests, or a rhino shot for its ivory, is inescapable. Education is also key to conservation. How can the public be expected to care for the plight of an animal they haven't heard of or seen, for example? Photography helps to educate people as to the importance of our wildlife and ecosystems and demonstrate why these need to be protected for generations to come.
It’s a sad fact that the majority of our reefs are facing an attack on unprecedented levels due to rising sea temperatures. It was with real pleasure, therefore, that I found these reefs at @tufiresort to be in probably the best condition I have ever seen. (Harry Skeggs)
I have been inspired by David Attenborough's works since a young boy. With each series I become more and more enthralled by the combination of stunning photography and environmental message. This inspires me to keep trying to support the protection of our wildlife in any way that I can. Hard to say!
I am keen to have a solo exhibition in 2018 and am working with some galleries to explore this possibility. I am also looking to expand my work with charities to help support causes close to my heart. Oh and win Wildlife Photographer of the Year wouldn't be bad ;)
Over the past few weeks I have been exploring Papua New Guinea, one of the few remaining wildernesses of the world. Taken with the Nikon D5 (Harry Skeggs)
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