ABOUT - Ben Porter Wildlife Photography

About me


Welcome! This is my photographic website,  featuring images of the natural world taken largely on a small Welsh island called Bardsey, where I spent half my life and forged my interest in wildlife photography. Please browse the various galleries and explore the images -   I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. Don't hesitate to get in touch via my contact page if you'd like to enquire about using or buying any of my images, or would like advice, bespoke workshops or anything else! 


I am a 23 year old enthusiast of the natural world, a passionate wildlife photographer and am driven by the desire to conserve and protect our planet and the fascinating creatures which call it home. I have always been interested in wildlife, in particular birds, and have been taking pictures of the natural world since I was about eight.  I spent half my life growing up on a small, windswept island called Bardsey off the coast of North Wales, where my family and I moved in 2007. This deepened my interest in birds and wildlife significantly, particularly as I became more and more involved with the work of Bardsey Bird and Field Observatory, who taught me the magic of moth recording, bird ringing, avian migration and seabird study work.


After eight years of homeschooling I decided to pursue my passion for the natural world and undertake a degree in Conservation Biology with the University of Exeter. Since graduating in 2018, I have launched into a career of conservation and seek to develop my photography alongside the restoration projects, research and campaign work which I become involved with. You can follow my latest projects through my social media channels below. 


I have been fortunate to feature in a number of national photography competitions:  shortlisted in Bird Photographer of the Year 2017, 'Runner Up in the RSPCA young wildlife photography competition 2014,  Highly Commended and Shortlisted images in the 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards. My images have featured in various publications and magazines, including  Resurgence and Ecologist,  BBC Wildlife Magazine, Woodland Trust, A Rocha International, Natur Cymru and British Birds. 


Equipment


  • Wide-angle Work: Canon 7Dmk II + Canon 15mm fisheye

    Wide-angle Work: Canon 7Dmk II + Canon 15mm fisheye

  • Underwater photography: Lumix FT-5

    Underwater photography: Lumix FT-5

  • Macro Photography: Canon 7D + Sigma 105mm

    Macro Photography: Canon 7D + Sigma 105mm

  • Bird photography: Canon 7Dmkii + Canon 300mm f2.8 + Canon 1.4x

    Bird photography: Canon 7Dmkii + Canon 300mm f2.8 + Canon 1.4x

The pictures on this website were taken with a mix of different cameras and lenses, although I have always used Canon gear. I have upgraded and changed my equipment several times in the last five years, and currently use a Canon 5D mkiv, with a Canon 100-400mm mkii lens for bird photography, a Canon 16-35mm f4 lens for landscapes and a Canon 100mm f2.8 lens for macro photography. Up until recently I used a Canon 7D mkii camera body and Canon 300mm f2.8 lens for most of my wildlife images, coupled with a 1.4x converter.  


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