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Regular updates including Oliver's recently published images, news and products.

All orders placed between 5th & 26th May will be dealt with on 27th May due to travel commitments. Sorry for any inconvenience.

March 2017

Camera items for sale

Manfrotto 501 PLONG - £45
Greeting card stands (2 unused) - £45

If interested please email Oliver Smart for more details.

September 2016

© ZSL/Oliver Smart

Zoological Society of London Animal Photography Prize 2016

It was amazing to return to ZSL London Zoo to see my highly commended image of Red Rock Crabs Grapsus grapsus in the surf, chosen out of nearly 3000 images entered into the competition.

Entitled 'Hold on Tight!' the image was selected in the 'At Home In Their Habitat' category. The image was taken at Punta Albermarle in the Galápagos Islands in April 2015.

I was particularly pleased with this shot as when we landed and I spotted the crabs and I knew immediately what I wanted to achieve with blurring the water as it washed over the rocks and animals feeding. I placed my tripod in the water and set up the wide angle lens at 24mm with a polariser and set the aperture to f/22 which achieved a 1/2 second shutter speed. I took several images and this speed gave me the smoothest water whilst keeping the crabs sharp.

Some of the winning images can be seen on the ZSL website.

August 2016

British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2016 competition

Delighted to have again been selected in the British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2016 competition. This is the 40th year and the original bird photograph competition. This year the judges selected my image of a flock of Common Starlings Sturnus vulgaris which claimed joint seventh place. This is my highest placing in five out of the last eight years of entering the competition.

Looking forward to seeing the awards ceremony at the British Birdfair on August 19th along with all the top 20 images on the British Birds stand.

For a sneak preview of the winning image then visit the British Birds website.

May 2016

© Bloomsbury Publishing

Launch of RSPB Spotlight: Badgers - Oliver's images included

James Lowen's second book of the summer entitled 'RSPB Spotlight: Badgers' has now been released by Bloomsbury Publishing.

The book contains 9 of my badger images including a couple of other shots associated with badgers in some way.

Look out for them on the following pages:
020 - European Badger
045 - European Badger
051 - European Badger
074 - Eurasian Eagle Owl
076 - European Badger x 2
098 - Limousin Cattle
113 - European Badger
115 - European Badger

The Spotlight series introduces the reader to the history, lifecycle and behaviours of badgers, with a neutral view on the current political issue with TB in cattle and badger culling.

To order a copy of the book please visit the Bloomsbury Publishing website.

March 2016

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A Summer of British Wildlife - Oliver's images included

It is with great delight that I can report the launch of James Lowen's wonderful new book A Summer of British Wildlife by Bradt Guides.

This is the follow-up to the highly successful 52 Wildlife Weekends which adorned several of my images, however the latest book displays twenty of my images.

Look out for them on the following pages:
001 - Northern Gannet
012 - Great Skua
033 - Adonis Blue
038 - Black Grouse
046 - Puffin
092 - Noar Hill
094 - Large Blue
100 - Large Heath
106 - Dark Green Fritillary
126 - Mountain Ringley
130 - Ptarmigan
131 - Dotterel
132 - Lizard Orchid
133 - Chalkhill Blue
144 - Great Skua
147 - Silver-washed Fritillary
172 - Killer Whale
197 - Spoonbill
227 - Northern Gannet
228 - Cory's Shearwater

As Bradt Guides puts it the book gives daily suggestions for what, when, where and how to see the best of British summer wildlife. For both the experienced wildlife tourist and the novice, the suggestions criss-cross England, Scotland and Wales, complete with inspiring itineraries, engaging descriptions, detailed directions and tips on how to find, identify and enjoy British animals, butterflies, birds and plants. I couldn't agree more...

To order a copy of the book please visit the Bradt Guides website.

December 2015

Smart Images Newsletter

Oliver's latest December 2015 newsletter available here. To subscribe to Oliver's quarterly newsletters please click here.

December 2015

© Oliver Smart

Bird Watch magazine - Oliver's front cover

My latest front cover gracing the December 2015 issue of Bird Watch magazine was taken at Slimbridge in February 2009. That is one of the nice things about wildlife photography, it does age well.

For more about information about the magazine and services please visit Bird Watch website.

For digital copies of the front cover image then please email Oliver Smart for more details.

November 2015

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Launch of Helm's 'Robins & Chats' - Oliver's images included

After many years in production the new Robins & Chats photographic guide has been launched by Helm and written by Peter Clement and Chris Rose.

I'm pleased to announce I had four images used out of the 600+ images that adorn this 688 page tomb!

The book covers the World's Muscicapidae family of small passerines, totalling 170 species.

Oliver's images used for the Robins & Chats book are:
500 - European Stonechat
564 - Pied Wheatear (male)
564 - Pied Wheatear (female)
663 - Moorland Chat

For ordering the book please visit the Bloomsbury Publishing website.

September 2015

© OUP/Oliver Smart

Nests, Eggs & Incubation - Oliver's front cover image

Always great to see your images in print and especially when the image is so perfect for the subject matter being discussed.

This latest book cover image of a Mistle Thrush building its nest in north Wales adorns Charles Deeming and Jim Reynolds new book on Nests, Eggs & Incubation.

To purchase a copy of the book please visit the OUP website.

June 2015

© Big Picture/Oliver Smart

Big Picture 2015 Competition - Oliver's winning image

Delighted this summer to receive a Highly Commended award for my image of a flock of Common Starlings Sturnus vulgaris entitled 'Starling Storm' in the prestigious North American competition Big Picture.

Selected in the top seven images in the 'Art of Nature' category I was amongst strong company.

To see all the winning images then visit the Big Picture website.

May 2015

Smart Images Newsletter

Oliver's latest May 2015 newsletter available here. To subscribe to Oliver's quarterly newsletters please click here.

April 2015

© Alar Ecology/Stuart Magog/Oliver Smart

Alar Ecology - Oliver's images

During the spring of 2015, Alar Ecology asked me to provide images for their new website, which I duly did, and I am delighted to report on the progress. The independent consultancy based in Bristol is a new venture for owner Lyndon Roberts, who has a wealth of experience in ecological surveying and planning. Eleven images were used in total across the website and highlight some of the vital work required to ensure wildlife gets a fair chance in our developing world. For more information on the work and to see my images please visit Alar Ecology.

March 2015

Scottish Nature Photography Awards 2014 Competition - Oliver's winning image

Delighted this spring to receive a Highly Commended award for my image close-up image of a Northern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum entitled 'A Delicate Balance' in the annual Scottish Nature Photographer Awards.

Selected to represent the 'Scottish Wildlife Portrait' category, I was amongst strong company, so very pleased to have been recognised for this image. It was also the first time I'd seen the species and it was a dedicated detour on a visit to Scotland to try and find this insect.

Although the 2014 results are no longer visible it is worth viewing the website to see more recent awards at the SNPA website.

February 2015

Smart Images Newsletter

Oliver's latest February 2015 newsletter available here. To subscribe to Oliver's quarterly newsletters please click here.

February 2015

© British Birds/Oliver Smart

British Birds magazine - Oliver's front cover

The February 2015 issue of British Birds displays my Great Spotted Woodpecker image taken in Finland in February 2011.

It is always nice to see work taken many years previously be used and just shows that there is a market for images long after it was taken.

The February issue includes a articles on the Birds of the Sheffield area, IBAs - Montserrat, Ring Ouzels and Spinning phalaropes along with the Best Bird Book 2014 and all the usual news and reports.

For subscriptions of the journal please visit the British Birds website.

February 2015

BBC Radio Bristol Interview

To listen to my radio interview with Steve Yabsley from BBC Bristol follow the following link. The recording starts at position 36:25 and is available until 1st March 2015. The topics cover my travel, wildlife interests and photographic work. I hope you enjoy it. :)

December 2014

© Oliver Smart

ORCA Photography Competition 2014 - VOTE NOW

Please vote for my Sperm Whale image which has been shortlisted to the last five images. To vote follow this link to ORCA, click vote and select the Sperm Whale image. Closing date for voting is 14th December 2014.

September 2014

© Bristol Post/Oliver Smart

Bristol Post - Review of Oliver's ZSL winning images

The full article published in the Bristol Post on 24th September can also be read online.

September 2014

© Helen Smart

Zoological Society of London Animal Photography Prize 2014 - Oliver's winning images

The third year of the ZSL competition resulted in Oliver scooping two category winning images and presentation from Ralph Armond the Director General of ZSL.

The exhibition took place at London Zoo where Oliver picked up prizes for his images If Only They Knew and Lost in a Crowd. The two images from polar opposites consisted of cuddling Polar Bears which won the Last Chance to See category and his extraordinary image of a King Penguin colony collected the category winning prize for Size Matters.

The awards ceremony was a fantastic gathering of photographers, special guests and invited members of ZSL. Oliver is absolutely thrilled with his two awards and can now finally say "Award Winning Wildlife Photographer Oliver Smart!!".

Prints of the two winning images can be purchased from Oliver's Home page. For digital sales and editorial use contact Oliver Smart directly.

September 2014

Smart Images Newsletter

To view my newsletter for September 2014, please follow this link. I hope you enjoy the latest edition and if you have any comments, feedback or would like to discuss orders please get in touch.

August 2014

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Best Stand Awards 2014 - Oliver's 3rd place in Arts & Crafts category

"...and I didn't even know you did them!" was my first comment when presented with the award from Martin Davies (one of the co-founders of the Birdfair).

The awards are judged by an independent and undercover team who rate the stand not only on looks but also on the service offered to customers by the members of staff (in this case me and my wife Helen).

I think we might have to go into training for the 2015 awards but we are thrilled to have been recognised for all the hard work that Helen and I put into the event in 2014.

Next year promises to be even better...

For all the stand winners visit the Birdfair.

August 2014

© British Birds/Oliver Smart

British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2014 competition

Being placed in the competition four times in six years is very exciting but I still have the pressure of a top six place waiting for me. The 2014 competition secured my third best placing of joint 11th with Markus Varesvuo's excellent image challenging my picture of three Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago sitting in snow all looking in different directions.

It was great to be shortlisted once again and always a competition I strive to improve in. I particularly like the simple format of three images taken in the previous year so it focusses my selection to my best Western Palearctic species.

I was unable to visit the awards at the Birdfair this year as I was very busy managing my own stand at the show but was pleased to see my image in the August issue of the journal.

All the winning entries are discussed in detail in the August 2014 issue (Volume 107; pages 439-496).

For more information please visit the British Birds website.

July 2014

© RSPB/Oliver Smart

Nature's Home - Oliver's double-page

A little over a year ago the RSPB changed its well known Birds magazine to Nature's Home. Close to this time I was also accepted into the RSPB Images photo agency and I was pleased to see a double-page image of a Whimbrel gracing pages 14 & 15.

The image was taken on a trip to the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. Although limited in species there a number of endemic sub-species as well as a suite of long-distance migrants.

For RSPB membership please visit The RSPB website or to see what the RSPB has to offer you and your family please click here.

July 2014

© British Birds/Oliver Smart

British Birds magazine - Oliver's front cover

Having just arrived back from a most enjoyable week at Glastonbury, amazing to think I didn't take my cameras, I was delighted to find the latest copy of the British Birds journal on my doormat adorning my latest front cover.

The Little Grebe image was taken in Hungary in 2013 on a recce for my new photo tour which I run in the Kiskunsag National Park. I have just completed the latest tour but if you are interested in joining me in 2015 then please email here.

The July edition of British Birds includes a number of interesting articles, as always, and in particular this month a review of the Slender-billed Curlew record, an Asian Red-rumped Swallow in Orkney & the Highlands and foraging activity of European Nightjars. I particularly look forward to reading this as a nocturnal bird must have very special adaptations to be able to hunt so successfully.

For subscriptions of the journal please visit the British Birds website.

Summer-2014

© Avon Wildlife Trust/Oliver Smart

Avon Wildlife Trust magazine - Oliver's personal profile

In the summer 2014 issue of Wildlife I have a personal profile about my interests as a warden, ornithologist and wildlife photographer.

I recall some of the reasons behind my long association with the Trust and the great work they do but also the benefits of being a member too.

For membership to the trust along with other very useful resources please visit the Avon Wildlife Trust website.

June 2014

© Wild Travel/Oliver Smart

Wild Travel magazine - Oliver's photo workshop article

In recent months I have been branching out a little and I am thrilled to announce my first article in Wild Travel magazine. The article is a photo workshop piece about our most enjoyable bird; the puffin.

Having spent many hours working with this delightful little birds over the years this seemed an obvious choice for a June issue. Seabird colonies will be at full flow during the month and the best time to get to a colony (there are some in every country in the British Isles). Due to their comical nature and close proximity everything should come away with a smile on their face.

For subscriptions and information regarding this exciting travel magazine please visit the Wild Travel website.

May 2014

© British Birds/Oliver Smart

British Birds magazine - Oliver's front cover

My fourth cover shot for the prestigious British Birds journal.

In this issue a report on the scarce migrant birds in 2008-10: passerines, Subalpine Warblers and Falls.

All the regular features, news, letters and recent reports make this a great journal for ornithologists. The British Birds website is also a source of additional information too so well worth a visit.

For subscriptions and information regarding the magazine please visit the British Birds website.

April 2014

© Avon Wildlife Trust/Oliver Smart

Avon Wildlife Trust magazine - Oliver's images

The spring 2014 issue of Wildlife from the Avon Wildlife Trust includes ten of my images, including images of Clapton Moor nature reserve, Song Thrush and eight images of butterflies and moths on a double-page spread on page 22-23 (four on the left-hand page and top row of the right-hand page as well as the bottom right-hand page image).

It is always lovely to receive recognition for the all the hard work and it is nice when a portfolio of images can be used for illustrative as well as educational purposes.

For membership to the trust along with other very useful resources please visit the Avon Wildlife Trust website.

April 2014

Smart Images Newsletter

To view my newsletter for April 2014, please follow this link. I hope you enjoy the latest edition and if you have any comments, feedback or would like to discuss orders please get in touch.

February 2014

© WhaleFest

Booking Whalefest Tickets

To book your tickets to Whalefest on 15-16 March 2014 then please follow this link to Eventbrite.

The exciting event includes many celebrities, talks, learning zone, exhibits, movies, music and much more (especially for kids!).

There is more than just whales and the event covers exciting subjects including sharks, rays, turtles and ocean wanderers (including birds).

I have an exhibit at the event with his range of prints, cards and other merchandise. Everyone welcome to attend.

February 2014

© Bird Watch/Oliver Smart

Bird Watch magazine - Oliver's images

The winter is the perfect time to venture to an estuary or floodplain where millions of geese arrive from the continent or northern islands (Iceland/Greenland). The British weather and more importantly the availability for food during the cold months is extremely important for a number of species of goose.

The short four-page article, illustrating with Oliver's images shows the spectacle of the migration and feeding strategy of Barnacle Geese.

For magazine sales and subscriptions please visit Bird Watch.

November 2013

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Launch of the BTO Bird Atlas 2007-11 - Oliver's images included

After many years of fieldwork, number crunching and writing, the latest Bird Atlas has finally been published.

It is a monumental piece of work and thanks must go to the tens of thousands of volunteers, BTO staff and professional ornithologists whose dedication and passion for the subject has produced something to be very proud of.

For me it was very pleasing to have been part of the project, both as a volunteer recorder and also to have been able to supply a number of images for use in the final publication.

Oliver's images used for the Bird Atlas book are:
139 - Turtle Dove
232 - Ruddy Duck
258 - Black-throated Diver
277 - Little Egret
292 - Black-necked Grebe
372 - Bar-tailed Godwit
375 - Whimbrel
515 - Shore Lark

For ordering the book please visit the BTO website.

September 2013

© iZettle/Oliver Smart

Vote for Oliver's business by 7th October 2013

iZettle is running a competition to promote small businesses like mine. It would be great to have your support and more importantly your vote by following the iZettle Elevator link and clicking the 'heart' icon to register your entry.

To return the favour I am offering a free prize to one of my voters if I am lucky enough to win the top prize.

September 2013

© Avon Wildlife Trust/Oliver Smart

Avon Wildlife Trust magazine - Oliver's front cover

My first front cover for my local Wildlife Trust! It has been a long time since I first started volunteering for the Trust and I have regularly taken images of wildlife on the reserves. There are some great sites in and around Bristol, Bath and Weston-Super-Mare protecting our urban wildlife and it is thrilling to finally be able to supply images to them.

The State of Nature report discussed in depth in the latest issue is going to be the next big thing, a fightback and change in the way we do things can be the only way we see the wildlife of the UK recover properly and have a safe haven in this crowded land.

If you would like to support the Avon Wildlife Trust's work or perhaps a Trust near to you then please visit their respective websites to subscribe or donate. For the Avon Wildlife Trust please click here to have a look at what they offer.

August 2013

© Bradt

52 Wildlife Weekends - Oliver's images included

It's February and you fancy watching otters. Or May; time for spring flowers and dancing butterflies. Or December; immense flocks of birds. But where? In his new book, 52 wildlife weekends, wildlife writer James Lowen chooses 52 unforgettable wildlife-watching breaks stretching from Cornwall to northern Scotland. Whether the suggestion is a gentle walk or a hillside trek, a spot of rock-pooling or a boat trip offshore, James's aim is simple: to inspire and inform, so that readers rush to experience the exhilaration of British wildlife at any and every time of year.

As Matt Havercroft, editor of Wild Travel magazine, says "Who needs BBC's Springwatch when this book has 52 good reasons to get out and see British wildlife for yourself?"

I am delighted to have four photographs in this book, which is published and sold by Bradt Travel Guides as well as at Amazon, Waterstones and NHBS. Recommended!

My published images include:

Hawfinch on page 12,
Black Grouse on page 58,
Arctic Terns on page 104 and
Mountain Ringlet on page 108.

August 2013

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RSPB Images - New Photo Agency

It is with great delight that Oliver has been accepted into the RSPB Images photo agency. His first batches of accepted images are gradually being loaded on to the site for sale.

It has been a long road to get here but Oliver is thrilled with the recognition of being accepted into one of the largest UK nature and wildlife photo agencies.

Oliver will continue to support all his existing clients as normal, however certain images will only be available through the RSPB from August 2013 so please do regularly check the library for recently added images.

To order digital files, prints and canvasses of Oliver's exclusive photographs held with the RSPB then please visit his RSPB Images collection.

June 2013

© Avon Wildlife Trust/Oliver Smart

Avon Wildlife Trust banners

I have been a warden at Puxton Moor nature reserve for many years and it was with great pleasure for the Avon Wildlife Trust to agree the use of many of my images.

The first big project was for the Trust to produce the floor-standing banners for the Bristol Festival of Nature held in June. Timescales were short but it all came together in time and the results were very impressive.

For more of the Trust's work please visit the Avon Wildlife Trust webpage.

May 2013

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watch

Bird Watch magazine - Oliver's front cover

My latest front cover gracing the June 2013 issue of Bird Watch magazine was taken in Hungary in 2011. Night Herons are common migratory birds in this part of Europe and they are readily photographable from dedicated wildlife hides. For more information please get in touch.

If you are interested in seeing further excellent images, articles and bird information then please buy the magazine either from your local newsagent stockist or online at the Bird Watch website.

For digital copies of the front cover image then please email Oliver Smart for more details.

April 2013

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watch

Bird Watch magazine - Oliver's front cover

The second front cover image in three months for this national bird watching magazine. The image of an adult male Citrine Wagtail was taken in Lesvos, Greece in April 2007. I've spent almost 8 weeks on the island and in my final year the dry conditions forced many passerines to cluster near the few wet areas that were available. Here I was able to find several Citrine Wagtails, my first ever, and many were incredibly obliging.

For more excellent images, articles and bird information then please buy the magazine either from your local newsagent stockist or online at the Bird Watch website.

For digital copies of the front cover image then please email Oliver Smart for more details.

April 2013

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Atropos magazine - Oliver's front cover & article

The journal Atropos has published my latest article on butterfly photography in its April 2013 issue. The magazine published three times a year is dedicated to the study of British insects, often discussing the impact of migration. It focusses mainly on butterflies, dragonflies and moths but other insect groups are also covered where applicable. The magazine is also dedicated to encouraging reports from all fields of expertise and not just professional naturalists so all feedback and sightings welcomed. See website for more details on how to contact the Atropos team.

To coincide with the issue they have also used one of my images of a Large Copper taken in the Dordogne region of France in May 2011 for the front cover. The butterfly was covered in early morning dew so I used a little fill-in flash to ensure all the water droplets sparkled as well as enhancing the saturation.

For copies of the journal or to subscribe please visit the Atropos website.

For digital copies of the front cover image or those used within the article then please email Oliver Smart for more details.

April 2013

© Oliver Smart/Landscape

Landscape magazine - Oliver's images

Having supplied the odd images to Landscape magazine over recent months I was delighted to be asked to complete a photo shoot of a canal boat sign-writer.

The location of Bradford-on-Avon was somewhere I had not visited before but found it a pleasant little town with a wonderful history.

Ginny Barlow has been a sign-writer for a number of years and her work can be seen along many canals around the British Isles.

Taken from the Landscape magazine website "Every two months, LandScape Magazine celebrates the joy of the garden, simple seasonal recipes, traditional British crafts and the wonder of nature and the countryside. The magazine is a haven from the pressures of modern living; a chance to slow down and a reminder of the good things in life."

For copies of the magazine or to subscribe please visit the Landscape website.

If you would like to see more of Ginny's work then please visit Ginny Barlow's website.

March 2013

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The World's Rarest Birds - Oliver's images included

Following a number of year's work, Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash and Robert Still have completed a wonderful new book on the status of the most threatened bird species on the planet.

Some 590 species are classified as Endangered or Critically Endangered and this extremely detailed piece of work discusses the topics surrounding each one. Their plight, numbers, status and conservation methods are sought to increase our understanding and knowledge and hopefully the chance for greater protection, breeding programmes or reintroductions.

Many of the species have no known photographs and others are being seen in the book for the first time. Illustrator Tomasz Cofta has beautifully drawn 75 species, which no doubt hits home how in desperate need many of our bird species are.

I was extremely pleased to learn that four of my images of rare species have been included in the publication and my copy of the book will sit proudly on a growing book shelf! My images published included:

Fuerteventura Stonechat on page 15,
Madagascar Sacred Ibis on page 83,
Seychelles Magpie-robin on page 230 and
Cuban Sparrow on page 263.

If you would like to order a copy of this groundbreaking book then it is available from all good bird book stockists.

All four of my images can be ordered as digital files or prints by emailing Oliver Smart.

March 2013

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watch

Bird Watch magazine - Oliver's front cover

The Black Grouse collection of images I took in Finland during April 2011 have been very popular, the latest publication to use one of the shots is Bird Watch magazine which has opted for the smoking male grouse for the front cover.

This image is cropped from a larger landscape image and works extremely well as a canvas print. If interested in prints or digital files then please Oliver Smart for more details.

To order the magazine as a download to your Windows or Mac computer visit Pocket Mags or download it to your iPhone or iPad from iTunes. Ensure you select the March 2013 issue.

December 2012

© Oliver Smart

Avon Atlas 2007-11 - Oliver's front cover

I was delighted to be asked to supply an image for the front cover of the latest BTO atlas for the Avon region. The atlas covers the recordings for the Breeding Bird Survey.

The report is compiled with the support of the Bristol Ornithological Club and Bristol Naturalists Society and is available from richard.bland123@btinternet.com.

The atlas is also dedicated to John Tully whose enthusiasm for birds will live long in our memory.

August 2012

© Oliver Smart/British Birds

British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2012 competition

Having come 18th and 10th in previous entries into this competition I was keen to improve into the top ten. Well, I did this and was successful in obtaining 9th place!

The image shows a Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur drinking from a woodland pool in Hungary. The dark background is caused by the fast shutter speed and distant woodland trees.

The latest edition of the magazine (August 2012; Volume 105; pages 431-496) discusses all the winning 12 entries and a presentation will be made at the British Bird Fair at Rutland Water on Friday 17th August.

If you would like to subscribe to the journal then visit the British Birds website.

July 2012

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watch/Warners

Oliver's Bird Art & Photography Article
Bird Art & Photography magazine has just launched the 2012 annual, a 147 page guide to wildlife art and bird photography.

The annual include bird artist profiles, species articles, wildlife photography tips and stunning images from some of the leading British photographers.

Oliver's latest article "Thinking Outside the Box" discusses ways to make your images stand out and to try something different to obtain a unique shot. His article can be found on pages 134-138.

Published by Warners, a sister title to Bird Watch, the latest edition of the BAAP portfolio is beautifully printed and will be a valuable addition to your reading material. The magazine will be available in WHSmiths or online (se below) until the end of October 2012.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Annual please visit the Bird Watch website. The issue is also available as an iTunes app download.

May 2012

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British Birds magazine - Oliver's front cover

This edition has fascinating articles on Ornithological Fraud, Firecrests in Norfolk and Hampshire and the Iceland Gull influx of the 2012 winter.

All the regular features, news, letters and recent reports make this a great journal for ornithologists. The British Birds website is also a source of additional information too so well worth a visit.

British Birds also have a stand at the British Bird Fair at Rutland Water where amongst the magazine subscriptions you can view the 2012 Bird Photographer of the Year winners.

For subscriptions and information regarding the magazine please visit the British Birds website.

April 2012

© Oliver Smart

Congratulations to Tony Proud from Feltham, Middlesex who won my raffle at the London Wild Bird Watch. The event was a great success and Tony was thrilled to have won a canvas print of his choice (46x30cm size). He decided on one of my Black Grouse images that I took in Finland during my trip in April 2011. The show was very enjoyable and apart from a few teething problems I was very much enjoyed the weekend. Most importantly thank you to all my customers, friends, relatives and new contacts that I spoke to during the show. I look forward to the next event where I will certainly run a raffle again. If anyone has any feedback regarding my stand or would like to purchase something having seen me at the show then please drop me an email or call me on 07802 417810. Thanks.

February 2012

© Oliver Smart/Dandi Creative Design

I was delighted early in 2012 to be asked to provide images for the latest Bristol Naturalists Society membership leaflet and also for a banner to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the society.

Three images were published on the leaflet including the front cover of a Lapwing against Yellow Flag Iris leaves, a dormant Dormouse in my hand and a flowering Lady's Smock (aka Cuckoo Flower).

The group has several sections to satisfy the hardy naturalist and events, talks, walks and facilities will accommodate anyone interested in botany, geology, invertebrates, mammals or ornithology.

For more information on joining this incredibly long established society (since 1862) then follow the link to their website. They also offer a free of charge evening to see what they are about.

February 2012

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watch

Oliver's regular feature for Bird Art & Photography is now available in the February 2012 issue of Bird Watch magazine.

Oliver's eighth article "Making Light Work For You" discusses the qualities of light and how it can transform your images.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the November edition please visit the Bird Watch website. The issue is also available as an iTunes app download.

November 2011

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watch

Oliver's regular feature for Bird Art & Photography is now available in the November 2011 issue of Bird Watch magazine.

Oliver's seventh article "Action Stations" describes some of the techniques for capturing inspiring images of birds in motion, whether this is in flight, catching food or taking off or landing.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the November edition please visit the Bird Watch website. The issue is also available as an iTunes app download.

September 2011

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watch

I am very pleased to report that the first five articles I wrote for Bird Art & Photography magazine have been repackaged and included with the October 2011 edition of Bird Watch magazine. The 24-page supplement covers my articles on "Choosing a Camera", Picking the Right Lens", "Choosing a Subject", "Stable Mates (Supports)" and "The Added Extras".

The sixth article "Images with Composure" was printed in the August 2011 edition of Bird Watch and the next instalment "Composing Action" will be out soon.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the October edition please visit the Bird Watch website. The issue is also available as an iTunes app download.

August 2011

© Oliver Smart/British Birds

British Birds: Bird Photograph of the Year 2011 competition

Having come 18th in this competition in 2009 with an image of a Black Guillemot, I was thrilled to discover that I had been awarded 10th place this year. My winning image was of a Redshank calling on the island of Fetlar in the Shetland Isles taken in June 2010.

The judges particularly liked the out-of-focus foreground and background and the low camera angle which helped to make the subject stand out. The flat-calm water behind the bird is reflecting the colour of the green hill behind.

The latest edition of the magazine (August 2011; Volume 104; pages 413-474) discusses all the winning 12 entries and a presentation will be made at the British Bird Fair at Rutland Water on Friday 19th August.

To see the winning entries and the additional fascinating articles on Chough in Cornwall and the return of Common Cranes to the UK please visit the British Birds website for subscriptions or one off copies.

British Birds will be celebrating the winning entries at the Bird Fair and will be in marquee 3 (stands 24 & 25).

August 2011

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With the disappointing announcement that Bird Art & Photography magazine was closing back in June 2011, it was a great joy that Bird Watch magazine (Warner's publications) wanted to keep the name alive and incorporate some of the material in a supplement to the magazine.

Therefore my sixth instalment of Digital Workshop Secrets can be found in the August 2011 issue of Bird Watch magazine. For more details of the magazine please visit the Bird Watch website. The magazine is also available from good newsagents.

Bird Watch will be at the British Bird Fair on 19th to 21st August in marquee 4 (stands 97-100).

July 2011

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Bird Watching magazine - Oliver's front cover

This is the first front cover for Oliver on the highly popular monthly magazine Bird Watching. The image from Kuusamo, Finland in April 2011 shows a Black Grouse displaying at a lek site and the early morning backlighting highlights the birds’ breath.

The shot was taken from a hide built on site to allow an extremely low angle. The grass in the foreground is diffused due to the low perspective and the light hitting the subject is coming from the rising sun behind at about 6am. The temperature was about -5 degrees so the breath was easily visible against the background.

The July issue also features articles on British grouse species, Antarctica, southern hemisphere penguins, Mandarin ducks and the usual monthly features, news and bird sightings.

Copies of the magazine can be purchased from many leading newsagents including WHSmith. For subscriptions, bird watching information and other services please also visit the Bird Watching website.

June 2011

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British Birds magazine - Oliver's front cover

This edition has a fascinating article on 'A history of the Institute of Avian Research - Helgoland Bird Observatory' and an account on the Eastern Crowned Warbler which turned up for the first time in County Durham on 22nd October 2009. There is also a paper on the Fair Isle Wren plus all the usual news, bird reports and reviews.

The revamped British Birds website is both attractive, informative and full of excellent reference material, book reviews and plenty more to keep you entertained.

For subscriptions and information regarding the magazine please visit the British Birds website.

May 2011

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Bird Watching - Puffin image

Oliver's images appear regularly in Bird Watching magazine and here is an image of a Puffin Fratercula arctica that was used for the contents page for the June 2011 edition. There were other images including Black Guillemot, Shag and Red-footed Falcon used for this issue.

Please visit the Bird Watching website for more bird news, articles and subscriptions.

17 May 2011

© Oliver Smart/Solent News/Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph - 'Steamy Encounter' with Black Grouse

Following a trip to Finland in April 2011 to photograph Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix, one of Oliver's images was posted on the Daily Telegraph website along with it appearing in the daily broadsheet on 17th May 2011. Please visit the Daily Telegraph to read the brief article.

Following the success of the image, Oliver has produced a canvas print which can be ordered by emailing for details.

Spring 2011

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Mammals UK - article on the Otter

As part of Oliver's series on photographing mammals, his latest instalment on the Otter Lutra lutra is currently in the spring edition of Mammals UK magazine.

To receive this magazine you need to be a supporter of the People's Trust for Endangered Species. To support the work of the trust please visit the PTES website.

April 2011

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Bird Art & Photography - Issue 5 - Oliver's article on 'The Added Extras'

This latest instalment of my quarterly article is focussing on camera accessories and those especially helpful in bird photography and how they work to make your images stand out.

The latest issue has articles from Danny Green on working with light and David Chapman on travelling to Norway. There are fascinating art topics from Brin Edwards, Dan Powell and David Miller. If you want to learn to draw or paint birds then follow David Cook's new series.

If you would like to subscribe to the magazine or buy an individual issue please visit the Bird Art & Photography website for more information.

Alternatively if you have an iPad or iPhone you can now download the issue instead. To do this visit the website link at Bird Art & Photography App.

February 2011

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Wildlife of Britain - Oliver's front cover

Wildlife of Britain is a series of publications covering all aspects of nature in the British Isles, from birds to bees and mammals to molluscs. It is a thoroughly insightful collection of articles of some of the common as well as more obscure wildlife that can be found here.

Although the series is now complete, back orders and copies can be requested from Midsummer Books. Please visit their website at Wildlife of Britain.

Winter 2010/11

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Mammals UK - article on the Red Deer

As part of Oliver's ongoing series on photographing mammals, his latest instalment on the Red Deer Cervus elaphus is currently in the winter edition of Mammals UK magazine.

To receive this magazine you need to be a supporter of the People's Trust for Endangered Species. To support the work of the trust please visit the PTES website.

January 2011

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Bird Art & Photography - Issue 4 - Oliver's article on 'Choosing a Subject'

My latest article for this popular bird magazine is discussing the difficult task of selecting the right subject to photograph. Whether the problem lies in your knowledge of the species, the weather, the time of year, access restrictions, the law or the equipment you need then follow my advice for the top tips on finding the best subjects to work with.

The latest issue is also filled with interesting articles from wildlife photographers David Tipling and Bill Coster as well as art topics covered by sculptor Martin Hayward-Harris and artist James McCallum.

If you would like to subscribe to the magazine or buy an individual issue please visit the Bird Art & Photography website for more information.

Alternatively if you have an iPad or iPhone you can now download the issue instead. To do this visit the website link at Bird Art & Photography App.

November 2010

© Oliver Smart/Michael Easterbrook

Butterflies of Britain and Ireland - Oliver's front cover

This latest book on butterflies has been written by Michael Easterbrook, a retired scientist from Kent. Michael is also the official Kent recorder for Butterfly Conservation and is the author of many titles including two on butterflies.

Oliver's image of a Grayling taken on the Malvern Hills in July 2008 was chosen as the front cover, as well as a further seven images used within the book illustrating some of the beautiful butterfly species to be found in the British Isles and Ireland.

A full review will appear here shortly, however for a 10% discount on the new Butterflies of Britain and Ireland please visit the A&C Black Publishers website.

November 2010

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Bird Art & Photography - Issue 3 - Oliver's front cover and article

The latest edition of BA&P has used Oliver's image of an Oystercatcher scratching as the front cover. This was taken along Loch Spelve on the Isle of Mull in May 2008. The original image was in landscape format but allowing plenty of room around the subject has enabled the editor to crop it to fit the required space in the magazine.

Oliver's article this quarter discusses the best supporting methods for your camera including the use of tripods, monopods, bean bags and a few other useful tricks of the trade.

Bird Art & Photography is a quarterly publication which encompasses the beauty of birds taken through the different medium. For more details on subscribing then please click here or for a one-off copy of the magazine then please click here.

October 2010

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Mammals UK - article on the European Mole

As part of Oliver's ongoing series on photographing mammals, his latest instalment on the European Mole Talpa europaea is currently in the summer edition of Mammals UK magazine.

To receive this magazine you need to be a supporter of the People's Trust for Endangered Species. To support the work of the trust please visit the PTES website.

September 2010

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watching

Bird Watching magazine - Oliver's Great Skua article

Bird Watching magazine is one of the leading consumer bird magazines in the country and Oliver has had an article published on Great Skuas in the September edition.

Great Skuas are found breeding in the northern parts of Great Britain and are under threat from climate change.

Oliver spent a week on the Shetland Isles in June 2010 watching and photographing these pirates of the sea.

The magazine is available in any good newsagents, otherwise subscribe online at the Bird Watching website.

September 2010

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British Birds magazine - Oliver's front cover

The highly popular journal 'British Birds', which was established in 1907 has used Oliver's image of a Dotterel Charadrius morinellus for the front cover of the September 2010 issue (Vol. 103 - 481-560). The image represents the full article 'Rare breeding birds in the UK in 2008' which is the 35th report for the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP). The report is an annual update covering the rare breeding birds from two years earlier. Oliver also has a second Dotterel image used on page 520 and an image of a Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus on page 504.

All the images were taken during a trip to Scotland in May 2008. The grebe was taken from the car along Loch na Keal on the Isle of Mull and the Dotterel images were taken at Carn Ban Mor in the Cairngorm Mountains following a three-and-a-half-hour hike to the top!

For subscriptions and information regarding the magazine please visit the British Birds website.

August 2010

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Go Birdwatching magazine - Oliver's front cover

A new magazine released in early August by Warner Publications used one of Oliver's puffin images as the front cover. The magazine titled 'Go Birdwatching' is designed to encourage and teach people the art and technique of birdwatching as well as suggesting a variety of products to get you started.

The editor David Cromack hopes the magazine will "...inspire you to give birdwatching a go.", and reading through the 98 pages there is certainly plenty to learn and whet your appetite. The articles include choosing clothing, equipment, places to visit, identification, fieldcraft and many other topics to give you a head start. Pick up a copy at WHSmiths or online at Go Birdwatching.

July 2010

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Bird Art & Photography - Issue 2

In this latest edition Oliver gives his advice on choosing the right lens for bird photography. The three page article covers the different options with tips about lens quality, image stabilisation, noise control, weight, cost, prime or zoom and other alternatives. His star shot this quarter is a Lesser Yellowlegs taken in Norfolk.

Other images of Oliver's in the magazine include a Red Kite, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Steppe Grey Shrike.

The magazine also includes articles on European woodpeckers, the island of Mull, Hungary, plus several wildlife and artist profiles as well as the usual news, events and complete with wonderful images of nature.

To subscribe to this new magazine please visit Bird Art & Photography.

March 2010

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Bird Art & Photography magazine

Oliver will be writing a quarterly article titled 'Digital Photo Workshop Secrets' for this new publication. Each issue Oliver will deal with a topic relating to the requirements of a wildlife photographer and how to take better images using his practical guide. Warner's will be publishing the magazine as a sister title to Bird Watch. The magazine is being launched in April 2010. Here is an extract from the Bird Watch website:

"Bird Art & Photography is the magazine for anyone who loves wild birds. It seeks to inspire readers about the beauty and fascination of wild birds with breathtaking features and stunning images.

The magazine will focus each issue on the work of leading bird photographers and wildlife artists, complemented with articles of general interest to birdwatchers.

Features include artist profiles, artist's sketchbook, bird photography, classic birding books, Photography With Passion, gallery profiles, and much more.

Also included are how to guides giving you all the information you need to know to start or continue your hobby for art and photography, plus bird news, reviews, and gallery guides.

Bird Art & Photography is available by subscription only, so to make sure you don't miss out on this stunning new magazine, you can take out a subscription today online."


To subscribe please visit the Bird Watch website.

August 2009

© Oliver Smart/Bird Watching

Bird Watching Magazine Showcase

For anyone who may have missed my Bird Watching Showcase back in August 2009 here are pages 54 & 55 from the magazine. The showcase was a six-page portfolio of my images, which was the first large display of my work in one of the UK's biggest selling wildlife magazines. If you'd like to see more images from the showcase then please order a back issue of the magazine or subscribe to my quarterly newsletter where I'll discuss in more detail the images that were used for the magazine (will be released in November 2009).

The left-hand image is of a flock of Starlings Sturnus vulgaris taken at Slimbridge late one evening. The birds were swirling around against a beautiful pink sky. I was only carrying a 500mm lens at the time so was not really prepared for the Starling's performance. Rather than ignoring the opportunity I utilised what I had and decided to use a slower shutter speed to create a more artistic impression of the birds and the sheer volume involved (although in this flock there were only a few thousand).

Canon 1D MkII & 500mm F4L IS lens, 1/50 sec @ F4, -1/3 stop, ISO 400, handheld

The images on the right include a Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola and a Grizzly Bear Ursus arctos. The Wood Sandpiper taken on the island of Lesvos, Greece is an unusual shot as I was unable to establish why the bird was straining with its beak wide open. It did not make a noise, it did not regurgitate a pellet and it did not look like a yawn so I am baffled as to know exactly what it was doing.

Canon 1D MkII & 500mm F4L IS lens & 1.4x converter, 1/1250 @ F8, -2/3 stop, ISO 200, bean bag from car

The Grizzly Bear in Alaska was taken back in 2005 on one of my most exhilarating trips to photograph these amazing mammals. This female bear was relaxing along the shoreline of the creek for some time. The weather was rather dismal and the cloudy and wet conditions did not make for exciting photography. However, the posture, behaviour and emotions this bear was expressing was wonderful and I took a sequence of images that have sold many times over.

Canon 1D MkII & 500mm F4L IS lens & 2x converter, 1/80 sec @ F8, -2/3 stop, ISO 200, tripod

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