Born in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1958 and with a life-long interest in natural history, Laurie Campbell began photographing wildlife in the early 1970’s while still at school. In the beginning his aim was simple, to show what he had witnessed to others who might have neither the time nor the inclination to go out into the field and experience nature in as much detail for themselves.
On leaving school he spent two years working as a keeper at Edinburgh Zoo before embarking upon a four year degree course in photography at Napier University. After graduating he continued accumulating stocks of photographs of wildlife and became Scotland’s first full-time professional nature photographer in 1985. His photographs have since been published worldwide across a range of media from books and magazines to postage stamps and fine art prints. They are widely recognised for their distinctive style and for his preference for using natural light and belief in photographing subjects which are neither captive or manipulated but simply as he finds them in the field.
His experience in photography means that he is in constant demand as a lecturer and photographic workshop leader, both in the UK and throughout Europe. He is also valued as a photographic judge and has been invited onto the panel for the prestigious ‘BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year’, a competition in which he has previously won twenty three awards.