Conservation Photojournalism is the vision and brand of award-winning photojournalist, professional wildlife guide and conservationist Neil Aldridge.
Neil is known for his work photographing stories about current conservation issues. By working in this way, he showcases charismatic, controversial and endangered wildlife, as well as man's relationship with these creatures and their environments. His photography has been widely published and his CV includes features in the renowned BBC Wildlife Magazine, an exhibition with ILCP and the publication of Underdogs - Neil's acclaimed book championing the efforts to save the endangered African wild dog. Neil has also been a winner in the coveted international Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the International Conservation Photography Awards and the British Wildlife Photography Awards. His involvement in photography competitions extends to judging and he has served on the panel of several high-profile competitions, including the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Neil's work is influenced by his career in the conservation sector and his time growing up in Africa. He is a FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) qualified guide. Having studied at the excellent Antares Field Guide Training Centre in South Africa, ethical field skills and an intimate knowledge of wildlife play a central role in the success of his photography. Neil also holds a Masters degree in photojournalism gained from the University of the Arts London. These skills in the field compliment a sound understanding of photography, making him ideally suited to running workshops and leading his range of photographic trips.
Neil shares his work and his experiences as a conservation photographer and wildlife enthusiast in his talks at institutions and events such as London's Natural History Museum and the British Birdfair. He is also proud to deliver seminars on behalf of Canon, showcasing how his equipment choice allows him to capture his award-winning work.
Ethically, a benefit to conservation is at the centre of Neil's photography. As well as aiming to promote debate and awareness through his work, Neil provides images to chosen wildlife charities to promote their valuable work and inspire their audiences. Neil also works with chosen charities on joint promotions, enabling him to make donations to conservation causes from sales of his work.
Beyond photography, Neil has worked in the conservation sector for many leading wildlife and conservation bodies, including the Galapagos Conservation Trust, The Wildlife Trusts, BTCV, the Woodland Trust and Natural England. His enjoyment of the natural world is further enhanced through watching wildlife, travelling and painting. Being a former South African international rower and a follower of many sports and outdoor activities, he also enjoys the physical challenges that photographing wildlife in remote locations brings.
Much of Neil's work is available to buy through photo libraries Shutterstock, Photoshot and their specialist collection of images of wildlife and nature, NHPA. Please get in touch if you are interested in any of the work featured on this site, have a commission enquiry, suggestion for a story or if you simply have a question or comment. Alternatively, check out the testimonials from those who have worked with Neil.