About

I am a photographer and camera-man based in London,
with 14 years experience in wildlife, photojournalism and documentary. 

paulalistaircollins

@gmail.com 

Photography

I discovered photography at the age of 14 as a way of responding to nature's beauty. My first competition win in the 2005 WWT Young Photographer Awards gave me an added boost to pick up a camera for good and go off in search of animals big and small.

 

Influenced by my time in Edinburgh working as a performance and events photographer, my photos focus on the light and fleeting essence of each moment I spend with a wild animal. I prefer to shoot at dawn and dusk to find the most emotive and dreamlike atmospheres that capture the imagination.

 

Photography has taken me from the cobalt glaciers of Alaska and the mangrove swamps of Florida to the remote caves of Slovenia and the fierce winter seas off South Africa. I am most at home however at my family's cottage in Normandy with the familiar animals that I first practised my photography on. 

My work has featured in numerous publications, including:

THE GUARDIAN ◆ THE TIMES ◆ NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ITALIA ◆ MAIL ONLINE 

 THE IRISH TIMES ◆ EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS ◆ THREEWEEKS UNLIMITED MEDIA 

RSPB WINGBEAT ◆ ALL EDINBURGH THEATRE ◆ EDINBURGH 49 

 

I have been fortunate enough to have successful in many prestigious competitions, which include: 

BRITISH MAMMAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR ◆ SCOTTISH NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS ◆ RSPB SCOTLAND PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

INTERNATIONAL WILDBIRD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Television

 

Following an MA in Documentary Production at UWE Bristol (2015), I now work as a shooting researcher on a broad slate of documentary, adventure/travel and reality content for the BBC, ITV, C4, C5, History Channel and Discovery among other companies. Recent credits include SAS: Who Dares WinsThe Circle and Shooting The Mafia which was screened at Sundance and Berlinale 2019. Whilst filming has taken me to the jungles of Panama and the Texan deserts, it is the stories closest to home that compel me most. In the long run I hope to progress as a Producer-Director on nature documentaries, binding my passions for wildlife photography with storytelling in film.

 

Under BBC mentorship, I have devised virtual reality content including iFox, a unique interactive film that places viewers into the risk-filled world of the urban fox. 

You can see a full list of my credits on the Film page. 

 

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Kit List 

I shoot on Canon 5DMkII and 550D, with the following lenses:

 

Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6, Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 100mm f2.8 macro, Canon 75-300mm f4-5.6, Canon 400mm f5.6

 

I use a Fujifilm FinePix XP80 for underwater photography, and have experience filming on Canon C300, the Sony PMW range and Sony FS700, and shooting on 360 camera rigs for VR and immersive film. 

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