An Interview with Wildlife Photographer Richard Peters

Shadow Walker

Winner | European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Winner | Urban category | Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 | Buy Print

Richard is best known for a style that often favours dramatic light. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including 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 writes articles for the UK's photographic press and has been on the judging panel for national and international photographic competitions, including the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the British Photography Awards. Additionally he donates images to conservation organisations, which have included WWF UK, the Born Free Foundation, the Jane Goodall Institute and the Remembering Wildlife book series. But most importantly for some he won the Countryfile calendar competition back in 2007.

Snow Pounce

Highly Commended | Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 | Buy Print

Hi Richard. We worked together back at Sky News. Your job then was very different. You are an example of someone who puts an incredible amount of work in your free time to turn their passion into a very successful career. When you look back, what were the defining steps for you? A Lot of people want to follow their dream but don’t make the jump, did you have doubts?

I think there is always an element of self doubt and belief in yourself. Especially amongst creatives. For me, I knew photography was my calling because I essentially live and breathe it. It’s all consuming. Not in a way that shuts out the rest of the world but when you find something you are so passionate about that it’s on your mind all the time, it’s vital to see where that passion can lead you. When I worked for Sky, every moment of down time and days off were spent honing my skills. This led me to win some awards and that helped my name stand out within the photographic industry. Even with that attention, there was still doubt. I think it’s healthy to an extent as it keeps you grounded. The trick is to not let that doubt be all encompassing.

Lioness (colour)

Winner | African Wildlife | Nature's Best Photography 2014 | Buy Print

What does a normal day look like for a wildlife photographer?

The answer to this question might surprise a lot of people. The assumption is you spend all your time outside or on planes travelling. Of course there is a large element of that, more so than the average person at any rate, but there’s also a lot of downtime. I talk about this from a pre and post-lockdown point of view but in a normal year, I can spend up to 16 or so weeks travelling. W