Richard Peters Wildlife Photography

Richard is a Surrey, UK, based wildlife photographer who, first and foremost, has always approached photography as an outlet for his creativity. To this day the driving force and love behind picking up a camera, is to satisfy his inner desire to create. Richard is also a very sociable, engaging, person who gets on well with just about everyone, and loves to learn and teach photographers new things. This has all contributed to many wonderful highlights throughout his career to date.

Richard is best known for a style that often favours dramatic light and has received numerous accolades for his work. This includes being one of the only British photographers to be named the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, alongside winning several awards in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is also an experienced juror, having been on the judging panel for many national and international photographic competitions, including the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards and the Bird Photographer of the Year.

He has donated images to conservation organisations, which have included WWF UK, the Born Free Foundation and the Jane Goodall Institute. Additionally, to many photographic books over the years, with more notable entries being the Remembering Wildlife series, The New Big Five and Why We Photograph Animals.

Favouring kit that is tried and tested in his workflow, Richard is also an Ambassador for Nikon, Swarovski Optik, Datacolor monitor calibration hardware and Dingbats notebooks. Only working with brands he trusts to get the job done in his daily workflows.

All of this adds up to make Richard a highly experienced photographer, in all aspects that the title requires. His attributes make his talks and workshops particularly welcoming to all who attend, and his communication with private and commercial clients fast and friendly. Please get in touch if you'd like to book Richard for a workshop, talk or commissioned work.

Talks and events

As a confident speaker, Richard hosts talks at venues ranging from local camera clubs to industry shows, with audience numbers ranging from 15 to over 650. Some of his more notable venues have included London's Natural History Museum, both as a solo speaker and co-hosting NHM Live's online coverage of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Internationally as the keynote speaker for WAPF in Australia and close to home at both Birdfair and the UK's largest event of its kind, The Photography Show at Birmingham's NEC. Richard has also been a speaker at events in Antwerp, Portugal, Spain and Amsterdam. Be it a small camera club, industry event or private function, Richard always takes pride in entertaining and educating his audience along the way.

Current presentations

The Secrets to Success

Go behind the scenes of Richard's approach to wildlife photography. This talk is all about the secrets to capturing the shot. It encompasses everything from the stories behind some of Richard's most well known images, to his thought processes and some general tips and advice sprinkled in along the way. It's an ever evolving presentation, as it is tweaked and changed as Richard's regular travels reveal new images and the stories behind them.

Seeing The Light

Wildlife photography isn't simply about capturing the animal before you. It's about capturing the light that falls on the subject. In this presentation, Richard will help you understand light, understand how to react to it and how best to tackle different lighting scenarios. All illustrated with examples featuring his easily recognisable style. Much like the Secrets to Success, this talk evolves and changes as Richard adds new images to his portfolio.

Back Garden Safari

This is Richard's most popular and relatable talk. Detailing a year long project to photograph the wildlife in his garden. It shows how even the most common wildlife found on your doorstep can produce unique images and tell a story. It is the project that became his popular book Wildlife Photography at Home and spawned his most recognisable and successful image, Shadow Walker.

Get In Touch

Bookings and enquiries

If you would like to enquire about booking Richard for a talk, commissioned work or anything else, please use the booking form or email below. Please include as much detail for your requirements as possible and Richard will get back to you asap.

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