Chris Johnstone

Chris is a wildlife photographer based in the Peak District, UK. Although he has travelled to several continents to photograph wildlife and landscapes, he is a proponent of photographing landscapes and wildlife close to home. His work has been featured in several nationwide publications. Chris runs a number of wildlife photography hides and photography workshops where he shares his knowledge and skill with others.

Would it surprise you if I said that I never dreamed of becoming a wildlife photographer? It wasn't the process, the art or even the gadgetry that drew me in. It was nature – plain and simple.

It seems that I've always been in search of a closer connection to nature.

I volunteered as a zoo keeper in my teens; I've trained birds of prey, tracked wolves in the Polish Carpathian Mountains, studied the foraging habits of harbour seals and achieved a degree in Behavioural Biology from a top university.

I've been lucky enough to witness some wondrous moments in nature and have come to realise that these are only a tiny portion of what the natural world has to offer.

Most of nature's moments are so fleeting, they're rarely, if ever, seen (nor should they be).

For me, even a brief encounter with nature evokes a unique feeling worth sharing and that's how I ended up with a camera in my hand - seeking to describe indescribable moments in an image.

Portrait of Chris Johnstone
Chris and Moss the Cocker Spaniel
Chris on the Kahiltna Glacier
Chris photographing the Kahiltna Glacier from a plane

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