Urban birding from the top of Tower 42 - central London. Picture ©Joe McGorty

Urban birding from the top of Tower 42 - central London. Picture ©Joe McGorty



I’m a professional wildlife photographer, based in Bristol, UK - the heart of natural history television and film.


My work has been awarded in these major competitions:

- Wildlife Photographer of the Year

- GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year

- Bird Photographer of the Year

- British Wildlife Photography Awards

- Terre Sauvage / UICN Nature Images Awards



My pictures and words have been published in a number of books and magazines, including National Geographic, Geo, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, Creative Review, The Royal Photographic Society Journal, Outdoor Photography, N Photo, Professional Photo, Lumo, Practical Photography and many more. National and international press features include the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Metro, Express, Mail and Evening Standard. I also write for print and online magazines about my conservation photojournalism and photographic techniques, including a regular photography column for over a year in BBC Wildlife Magazine.

In 2014, BBC Wildlife Magazine editor Matt Swaine named my GDT and WPY awarded image of feral parakeets as his picture of the year.

Most recently, after being awarded in the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, my image "Nosy Neighbour" has received worldwide exposure and acclaim after being chosen for both the lead publicity image to promote the WPY exhibition as it tours the globe and as the book cover for this years portfolio book of winning images - the first time in the history of the competition that the same image has been used for both.

I have given talks, lectures and workshops about wildlife photography at the Royal Geographical Society, the Natural History Museum and I have been a guest speaker at the Wildscreen Photography Festival and Scottish Nature Photography Festival. Commercial clients include National Geographic, WWF, Nikon, Sony, Audubon, World Animal Protection, Wildscreen, BBC Countryfile, BBC Focus, BBC Wildlife and in 2015 I was as an ambassador for Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

I’ve filmed wildlife for television, consulted on a number of natural history documentaries (BBC / Terra Mater / Sky), and I personally featured on BBC Countryfile, Springwatch and The One Show.


Sam Hobson is a wildlife and conservation photographer, best known for his work with urban wildlife. He is published regularly in international magazines, books and newspapers and his pictures have been awarded in many competitions, including the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2014 and 2016. He specialises in storytelling imagery - shooting both hard-hitting photojournalistic conservation stories and crafting dynamic stand-alone images that convey the relationship between the subject and its environment. To create his signature up close and personal wildlife portraits, he uses a combination of short lenses, fieldcraft, technical knowledge and creative lighting - often combined with remote triggers and camera traps to get that little bit closer without causing disturbance. Sam regularly gives talks about his work, runs workshops and has judged several photography competitions.

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My full catalogue of work is available on request and I am also represented by Nature Picture Library.