I grew up in the county of Middlesex, England spending the vast majority of my childhood exploring Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve – the largest continuous stretch of ancient, semi-natural woodland in Greater London.
After studying Business IT & Marketing at both college and university, I spent several years in IT sales and marketing, working for the Intel Corporation among others, before concluding that the ‘office suit’ would simply never fit.
I began my photographic career in 2002. As part of my recuperation from redundancy and illness, I spent my days in the local woodland with my dog and a camera. I studied, practiced, and shot new images every day.
By the summer of 2002, I had garnered so much experience, I turned full-time professional. Initially, I freelanced as a commercial photographer, to fund my travels, and purchase new cameras and pro lenses.
In 2005, I won my first photographic award in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This gave me the belief and a platform from which to turn my wildlife photography ‘hobby’ into a full-time career.
Following soon after the WPOTY, I won several awards in Nature’s Best and International Photographer Awards. Within the year, I signed contributor agreements with OSF/PhotoLibrary, Getty Images™, and Frank Lane Picture Agency (FLPA).
Over my career, I’ve produced many articles for leading photography publications, BBC Wildlife magazine, eMagazines, and the National Press.
I’ve spent many years financing my own private photographic tours, travelling with Jacqueline to wildlife hotspots around the world. Firstly, we began with our most treasured animal with tigers in Bandhavgarh, India – visiting the National Park up to three-times per year for several years in a row. In 2006, we witnessed the death of a male tiger and subsequent cover-up by the authorities.
As a direct consequence, we moved focus to East Africa. Accepting an invite from Paul Goldstein whom we’d met in India, we found a new home at Kicheche Camps, revelling in the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve and Mara Conservancies. I’ve been fortunate to be able to return to Mara-Serengeti Eco-system many times since, both privately and in a professional capacity as a Tour Leader.
In 2009, we ventured to the Polar Regions with unforgettable back-to-back trips around the Svalbard Archipelago and a month-long ice-breaker expedition semi-circumnavigating Antarctica.
In 2010, I was approached by Marius Coetzee to lead ORYX Photography tours to Svalbard, East Africa and India. In 2011, my dear friend, Sue Flood, introduced to Silversea Expeditions. I completed several contracts photographing onboard the Silver Explorer, working as part of the superb Expedition Team. It was an extraordinary opportunity. The majority of this work was in and around the High Arctic, Svalbard Archipelago, Iceland, and Greenland.
Most recently, I have accepted invitations to work with both Tatra Photography and David Lloyd, co-leading his photo safaris with Richard Peters. For a full list of my upcoming photo tours, view my current itinerary here.
Upcoming Photo Tours
- 2018/19: Co-leading with David Lloyd on his Masai Mara Migration tours.
- 2019: Co-leading with Andrew Parkinson and Ben Hall on the Wrangel Island Expedition operated by TATRA Photography
Fine Art Photography
In 2017, I moved away from commercial stock photography and terminated my Getty Images contributor agreement. Although my images are still available to license via elliottneep.com, my real focus is to produce wildlife and nature photographs as large format prints and contemporary wall art.
In essence, I now photograph for me. I photograph subjects that both enthrall and engage me. Crucially, I am passionate about my wildlife photography once more. If you would like to see more of my work, please visit elliottneep.com.