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Profile

© Ian Butler

Oliver Smart is a wildlife photographer and ornithologist having studied at the University of Birmingham. His passion for nature and interest in photography captures the diversity of wildlife from behind the camera. As well as scores of magazine covers, his images have been published in the national press, nature magazines, books and wildlife guides. He is also represented by RSPB Images.

Oliver travels the globe in search of iconic species in their natural habitat, often waiting days to capture the perfect photograph. His wildlife photography has taken him all over the world to countries including Alaska for bears, Antarctica for penguins, Cuba for endemics, Ethiopia for bird diversity, Madagascar for lemurs, New Zealand for landscapes and the Azores for marine wildlife. Oliver’s diary page will keep you up-to-date with his latest trips and expeditions.

Oliver also holds voluntary positions for the RSPB, British Trust for Ornithology and the Avon Wildlife Trust where he is a warden at Puxton Moor nature reserve.

Images
Oliver’s images are held by a number of clients and image libraries. His images can be viewed and purchased from RSPB Images and Alamy. For direct print or digital image sales (excluding images held by RSPB Images) please contact Oliver here.

Talks
Come and listen to Oliver first hand at one of his photography talks, where he combines his knowledge and experience of a particular country, the indigenous and sometimes rare species as well as his outstanding photography. His talks are fascinating if you are planning on making the trip yourself, however if you just want to hear about Oliver’s latest travels, see his unique images or wish to learn some photographic tips for capturing that perfect shot then you’ll be very welcome. Please click here for all his upcoming talks.

Want to book Oliver for a talk for your local photographic, wildlife or social group? Please click here for a list of his eight talks currently available including Ethiopia, Cuba, From 60 Degrees North and British Butterflies among others.

Shows
Smart Images exhibits at many of the UK’s top shows including the British Birdfair, country shows and wildlife festivals. Tour and diary dates can be found on the events page.

Workshops
If you want to learn or improve your wildlife photography skills then one of the best ways is to join Oliver on one of his photographic workshops. These are extremely popular so please book early to avoid disappointment. Payments can be made securely using Paypal on the workshops page or by contacting Oliver here.

Sales
Oliver never travels anywhere without his Smart Images bean bag, an essential tool for any wildlife photographer who wants sturdy support of their camera and lens from a vehicle or other surface. It can be used on the ground too, perfect for low-level shots of insects, plants, birds and mammals.

Other items for purchase in the Smart Images shop include puzzles to entertain the kids or as a challenge for adults, a range of stunning wildlife greeting cards and yearly wildlife desk calendars to proudly sit on your desk or workspace.

If you would like one of Oliver’s stunning images for your own office or home wall or as a unique gift then visit his prints page for more details or order directly from the galleries or purchase from the

Quarterly Newsletter

© Richard Brooks

Click here to sign-up for Oliver's newsletter where you'll see his:

• Latest Images
• Forthcoming Events
• Special Offers
• New Products
• Recent Articles & Published Work
• Book Reviews
• Wildlife Case Studies
• Latest Trip Reports

To view Oliver's recent and previous newsletters click here.

Competition Success

ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2016: Highly Commended in category At Home In Their Habitat
British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2016 joint 7th place
Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition 2015: Top 7 finalist in Art of Nature category
Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2014: Shortlisted in Scottish Wildlife Portrait category
ORCA: Photography Competition 2014 top 5 place
ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2014: Winner in categories Last Chance to See and Size Matters
British Birdfair: Best Stand Awards 2014 (Arts & Crafts) 3rd place
British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2014 joint 11th place
NHM & BBC Worldwide: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 finalist
Oasis Photo Contest: Finalist 2012
Bird Watching: Bird Photo of the Year 2012 highly commended
British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2012 9th place
Bird Watching: Bird Photo of the Year 2011 highly commended
British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2011 10th place
British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2009 18th place
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2009 shortlisted for exhibition
Veolia Environment: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 finalist

Published Work

© Oliver Smart/Birds Illustrated

Companies and organisations that Oliver supplies images and articles to:

Alamy
Alar Ecology
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bauer Media (Bird Watching, Country Walking & Garden Answers)
BBC Wildlife
Bird Art & Photography
Bird Watch
Birding World
*Birds Illustrated (All three images opposite in March 2009 edition)
Birdwatcher's Yearbook
Bloomsbury
Bradt (52 Wildlife Weekends & A Summer of British Wildlife)
Bristol Naturalists Society
British Birds
BTO (Bird Atlas 2007-11)
Bus Users UK
Central Bank of Seychelles (published on bank note!)
Country Innovation
Countryfile Magazine
Go Birdwatching
Helm
Immediate Media
Landmark Environmental
Landscape
Mammals UK
Nantwich Natural History Society
Oxford University Press
Paramo
Peoples Trust for Endangered Species
Princeton
RSPB
RSPB Images
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Solent News (supplied to Daily Mail & Daily Telegraph)
Springer (Science Publishing - New York)
Status of Birds in Great Britain & Ireland (A & C Black)
The Bristol Magazine
Wild Travel
WildGuides
Wildstory - Wildlife of Britain

What's in the bag?

© Oliver Smart

A lot as one can imagine!:

Canon 1Dx
Canon 5D Mk III
Canon 600mm f/4L IS Mk II lens
Canon 500mm f/4L IS lens (recently sold)
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS Mk II lens
Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS lens
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mk II lens
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L IS Mk II lens
Sigma 15mm f/2.8L EX DG fisheye lens
Canon 14mm f/2.8L lens
Canon 180mm f/3.5L macro lens
Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Mk II macro lens
Canon 1.4x Mk III converter
Canon 2x Mk III converter
Canon 12mm & 25mm extenders
Canon 550EX speedlites
Canon MT-24EX macro twin lite
Gitzo GT3540LS carbon fibre tripod
Gitzo Wimberley head
Gitzo Sidekick & Arca Swiss Z1
Several Smart Bean Bags!
Lots of accessories...

Links

© Nick Martin

Please find below some useful links for companies and websites that may be of interest.

Greeting Card Sales Outlets
Arnos Vale
Cleeve Nursery
Country Innovation
Hall Farm Wild Bird Supplies
People's Trust for Endangered Species
Wildthing Consultants

Designers
Inkwood Design (my logo designed by Clare Challice)
Martyn Pearce Website Services (my web designer)

Wildlife Guides & Tours
Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris (Antarctica)
Far South Expeditions (Chile)
Finnature (Finland)
Go Birding in Spain (Spain)
Manakin Nature Tours (Colombia)
Safaris on Exmoor (UK)
Safari Ethiopia Tours (Ethiopia)

Clothing & Equipment Suppliers
Country Innovation
Wildlife Watching Supplies
Stiffy Bag (Art Packaging)

Friends Websites
Nick Martin Images
Ashley Grove Wild Images
Peter Beesley's Blog
Martin Smart Wildlife
Rich Andrews Photography

Wildlife Artists
Jonathan Pointer

Other Links
Ecological Surveys & Assessments Alar Ecology

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