Andy Rouse is an inspirational wildlife photographer who is well known the world over. A unique and charismatic figure he is famed for his ability to capture moments from the lives of animals and birds in the wild from a different view point and often from his trade-mark stance, that of being "up close and personal" to some of the most fascinating and often potentially dangerous animals. Over recent years, Andy’s photographic style has been developing to be all encompassing of the animals and their environment in order to augment his passion for telling a story and to highlight the beauty of the natural world.
Andy’s images have been acknowledged as being some of the best in the world for many years. He has won 9 awards in the past 7 years in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition including the Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species. He is the current holder of the Cherry Kearton award for wildlife photography from the Royal Geographical Society, click here
to see his getting the award from Michael Palin himself! He has a Crackerjack pencil but still does not have a Blue Peter or a Tufty badge, although he is always hopeful. Read more about Andy’s awards here
Andy has now published 15 books, covering species, ecosystems and photographic technique. Tigers: a Celebration of Life has donated 25% of its profits to tiger conservation, so far raising over £8000 and making him an honorary Ambassador for 21st Century Tiger. His latest book, Gorillas: Living on the Edge similarly raises money for the endangered mountain gorilla. He has written many magazine columns and currently writes for Practical Photography and Amateur Photographer magazines.
Professional Image Library
For professional publishing clients, Andy has several thousand commercial images fully keyworded and available for use via his online library. If you are interested in publishing Andy’s work then please click here.
Andy’s stylish images are used by clients across the globe and appear in magazines, brochures, billboards and on a range of cool animal t-shirts. Want to see some more? Here is a fun Animoto video, make it larger, press play and turn the volume up, enjoy!!!!
TV and Media
Andy has appeared many times on TV (including his popular 13 part series Wildlife Photographer) and has a natural presenting style. He has appeared on many live radio shows too, including phone-ins, and is always considered to be a great guest. As a professional wildlife photographer he has an extensive knowledge of animals, has no fear of even the biggest and most fearsome species and is an expert on fieldcraft (animal tracking, interpreting signs etc). He has the ability to communicate in an everyday easy-going style and is able to ad-lib and make the most of any situation. Having a camera by his side gives his presenting style some extra clout as he has a reason to be in close proximity to the wildlife that he is talking about.
Read more about Andy’s TV and Radio work
With a heritage from the heart of London, Andy is naturally an extrovert and an accomplished entertainer. His shows are legendary and he continues to wow his audiences around the world from the UK to France, Germany, New Zealand, and the USA. His style of irreverent humour, slick presentation style, high energy musical presentations, stunning images and his commitment to conservation has led to his talks being much in demand. His 10th anniversary tour, a mixture of tall stories, incredible pictures, toe tapping music and videos from around the world played to over 2500 people. He has presented several times at the Royal Geographical Society in London and continues to tour when his traveling permits.
Andy’s talent in wildlife photography comes from a love of animals and the environment, his photography only being a "tool to show others the beauty of the natural world". He works alongside many top scientists, animal researchers, conservation organizations and wildlife charities throughout the globe, from frozen polar wastes and tropical jungle; to initiatives on his doorstep. He has a conservation fund, in partnership with Paramo Directional Clothing Systems, that donates money from a range of branded clothing to conservation projects in the UK and beyond. For the past three years this fund has supported Little Owl research in the UK by Emily Joachim of Reading University. Andy also donates money to conservation via sales of his prints, self-published books and is also part of the 2020VISION initiative that aims to bridge the gaps between conservation science and the public by using powerful visual media. His tiger book has so far donated over £9000 to tiger conservation and he has been made an Ambassador for 21st Century Tiger in recognition of this.
Andy has a very vibrant and popular Facebook fan site (andyrousephoto) and updates this regularly when he is away on trips. To follow his latest updates just select Facebook the share icon below; if Twitter is your bag then Andy is on there too!
Andy lives in Cardiff, Wales with his wife Carol and dog Higgins.