My name is Elliott Neep. I'm an award-winning Wildlife Photographer, experienced photographic Tour Leader, and Writer. As far as I know, I am the only "Elliott Neep" on Planet Earth, which should make it easier to Google me in the future.
This page is all about me - my background and my career - but please don’t linger on this page too long. Dive into the articles and guides, or immerse yourself in the beautiful photography in the Print Galleries.
If you're interested in learning and developing your skills, then head to my blog and enjoy over thirty articles dedicated to wildlife and nature photography. If you'd like to learn new skills on location, then take a look at the mouth-watering photo safaris.
I grew up in the county of Middlesex, England. My formative years were spent around the family-owned lake in Harefield - a largely derelict and overgrown 'boat yard' where narrowboat owners moored up. Halcyon memories of long, balmy summer evenings, fishing with my father, concentrating more on the herons, dragonflies, and kingfishers, than on my rod and float.
Later, we moved down the road to Ruislip and I made Ruislip Woods NNR my new playground. It's the largest continuous stretch of semi-ancient woodland in Greater London, with vast old oaks, swathes of bluebells, squirrels and deer, mushrooms and toadstools aplenty.
School was uneventful and only served to gradually erode my time in nature. Soon, those wistful days spent under the woodland canopy were a distant memory. 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.
As 2001 drew to a end, I concluded that the ‘office suit’ would simply never fit. I took a six-month sabbatical from work. While trying to decide what to do with my life, I picked up my father's camera and headed to the woods. I began photographing frosty leaves, mushrooms, and macro wildlife. I rediscovered my fascination for nature...
By the summer of 2002, I had garnered so much photography experience, I applied for a 'commercial photographer' vacancy with a London-based agency. I got the job! I was astounded. In essence, I turned full-time professional overnight.
Freelancing as a commercial photographer was essential. Not only did this work fund my travels around the UK and the inevitable purchase of new gear, it allowed me the time and flexibility to explore wildlife photography.
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 dozens of articles for major photography publications, BBC Wildlife magazine, eMagazines, and the National Press. Between 2004 and 2010, I pushed my horizons beyond the British Isles and travelled to the world's greatest wildlife hotspots...
I’ve spent many years financing my own private photographic tours, travelling with Jacqueline, around the world. Firstly, we began with our most treasured animal... TIGERS! Visiting Bandhavgarh National Park, India 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, sickened by what we'd witnessed, we moved our focus to East Africa. Accepting an invite from fellow wildlife photographer and passionate conservationist, Paul Goldstein, we found a new home at Kicheche Camps, revelling in the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve and Mara Conservancies.
In 2009, we ventured to the Polar Regions with unforgettable back-to-back trips around the Svalbard Archipelago. Hooked on the vast wilderness and pristine ice, we ventured south and enjoyed an epic month-long icebreaker expedition, semi-circumnavigating Antarctica.
In 2010, I was approached by Marius Coetzee to lead ORYX Photography tours to Svalbard, East Africa and India. It was a fabulous opportunity, one that I will be forever grateful. I continued to learn and master my craft, while teaching clients my tried and tested techniques, in the most incredible wildlife destinations.
In 2011, my dear friend, Sue Flood, introduced me to Silversea Expeditions. I completed several contracts, photographing onboard the Silver Explorer, working as part of their superb Expedition Team. It was another extraordinary opportunity, with the vast majority of our time exploring the High Arctic, Svalbard Archipelago, Iceland, and Greenland.
Most recently, I have accepted an invitation to work with David Lloyd, co-leading his Masai Mara and India photo safaris with the talented Richard Peters and Amy Schutt. For a full list of my upcoming photo tours, view my current itinerary here.
fine art wildlife photographer
In 2017, I finally moved away from commercial stock photography and terminated my Getty Images™ Contributor Agreement. Although my images are still available for Rights-managed licenses via elliottneep.com, my cornerstone is now creative fine art wildlife and nature photography, reproduced as large-format prints and contemporary wall art.
In essence, I now photograph for me. I photograph subjects that both enthral and engage me. It's liberating. If you would like to see more of my photography, simply click the link below.
In 2014, in recognition of their tireless efforts against global wildlife crime, I gave free and unrestricted access to my image catalog to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). I’m not in a position to donate vast funds, but powerful and evocative images can help raise awareness and increase critical funding donations through marketing and media content.
I’m proud to have been involved with the Remembering Wildlife book series from the very beginning. It’s been a phenomenal success, raising essential funds (over £330,000) for anti-poaching and conservation projects around the world. All three books - Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos, and Remembering Great Apes are currently available to purchase here.
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Photographic career began in 2002, freelancing as a commercial photographer. In 2005, I turned full-time 'wildlife pro', winning my first award and gaining agency contracts. Since then, I've travelled the world, photographing in the greatest wildlife hotspots.