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Wildlife Cameraman & Cinematographer

I’m an award-winning hostile environments trained wildlife cameraman. As a documentary lighting cameraman London based, I work across natural history, adventure, science and factual filmmaking.  With vast experience on both shoulder and sticks, a highly trained photographic eye and proven technical competency, I film the crossover between the natural world and people, specialising in covering stories of positive engagement across species and geographic boundaries. Core skills include long lens, sync, gimbal, and aerial photography. A particular specialist in rope-access, expedition and mountain camerawork, and working in extreme environments, I also regularly work in more down-to-earth settings and have broad experience ranging from blue-chip wildlife behaviour sequences, all the way through to commercials and sync expeditions. Credit highlights include  shows such as the Emmy award-winning Our Planet, BAFTA winning Planet Earth II, One Strange Rock, The Hunt, and Expedition Volcano and I regularly work for all of the major broadcasters. I have worked under all climatic conditions across high altitude, desert, rainforest, savannah, coastal, shallow seas, and arctic environments filming animals and people; big and large; friendly and fierce; for the advancement of science and conservation around the globe. Though I’m a wildlife and adventure cameraman London and Cardiff based, I work across the UK and abroad.

COVID-19 Statement

During the Covid-19 pandemic, when TV work dried up I was very lucky to be able to volunteer my skills from having been a mountain rescue medic, and have been working as ambulance crew for London Ambulance Service. As such, I have had high level training in IPC (Infection Prevention & Control) and use of Level 2 and 3 PPE and appropriate procedures. I have an active working knowledge of COVID-Secure practices and can provide any PPE required for filming purposes. 

It was a pleasure to work with Ryan across two remote shoots for BBC Planet Earth 2 Mountains episode. Ryan is hard working, diligent and resourceful. He was also great company in the field and has a perfect skill set for remote filming in hard to reach locations.

Justin Anderson , Producer - Planet Earth II

I’ve worked with Ryan on two month long ‘adventure’ shoots… Both these shoots were physically demanding with a range of climbing, ski-ing & outdoor skills needed – Ryan didn’t disappoint. On both occasions, Ryan proved himself an invaluable member of the team. He applies himself to the task in hand with verve and is happy with the camera on the shoulder or legs. He knows his kit inside out and is especially good at natural history filming but can also turn his hand to observational doc style. Coupled with that, he’s a dab hand with a drone and isn’t precious about getting his hands dirty with go pros! He is also happy to self direct and is charming with presenters.I’d have him along on the next shoot in a flash.

Simon Winchcombe, Producer, Expedition Volcano

Ryan Atkinson – Wildlife, Travel and Adventure Cameraman London Cardiff.

Showreels and Sequences

Industry Experience and Tech

With over 11 years of industry experience, I’m a specialist lighting cameraman and wildlife cameraman working in the areas of natural history, adventure, travel and science  programming. With extensive credits across a variety of major networks, broadcasters and indies, I am at home in the expedition environment. A keen adventure sports athlete with a refined and highly trained photographic eye, I am comfortable enough in any situation that I can focus 100% on getting the best possible shots using innovative technology in the most creative ways. As an adventure cameraman London based, I am confident with all current broadcast formats and cameras from large format to minicams, including specialist technologies such as high speed, thermal imaging, 3D, stabilisation and motion control. I’m also a fully trainer GSS gimbal operator. I regularly attend training courses to keep current with the most modern technologies. I hold 2 valid passports, a US I Visa, and am up to date with all vaccinations. I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen and the International Association of Wildlife Filmmakers.

Remote and Hostile Locations Expert

Specialising in sync, rigging, emergent technologies, and rope access camera work, I’m a highly adept member of the camera crew. But beyond my camera skills that contribute to my work as a wildlife and adventure cameraman, I hold many complimentary qualifications and endorsements including advanced pre-hospital trauma care and first aid, swift-water rescue, off road driving, industrial and rescue rope works for vertical environments and various useful access skills for staying alive and thriving in the worlds harshest environments. I’m a highly competent skiier, snowmobile driver, and climber and can regularly be found accessing and filming in some of the worlds harshest environments, including experience up to 6500m above sea level. To top this off, I’m HEFAT trained for working in conflict and disaster zones.