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Oliver Smart is a wildlife photographer and ornithologist having studied at the University of Birmingham. His passion for nature and exceptional talent for 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 also be used on the ground and perfect for low-level shots of insects and plants.
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 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 galleries or purchase from the prints page.
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
Companies and organisations that Oliver supplies images and articles to:
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bauer Media (Bird Watching, Country Walking & Garden Answers)
Bird Art & Photography
*Birds Illustrated (All three images opposite in March 2009 edition)
Bradt (52 Wildlife Weekends)
Bristol Naturalists Society
BTO (Bird Atlas 2007-11)
Bus Users UK
Nantwich Natural History Society
Peoples Trust for Endangered Species
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
Wildstory - Wildlife of Britain
What's in the bag?
A lot as one can imagine!:
Canon 1D MkIV
Canon 500mm F4L IS lens
Canon 300mm F2.8L Mk II IS lens
Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS lens
Canon 24-70mm F2.8L lens
Canon 17-40mm F4L lens
Canon 14mm F2.8L lens
Canon 180mm F3.5L macro lens
Canon 1.4x Mk II & Mk III converters
Canon 2x Mk III converter
Canon 12mm & 25mm extenders
Canon 550EX speedlites
Gitzo GT3540LS carbon fibre tripod
Gitzo Wimberley head
Gitzo Sidekick & Arca Swiss Z1
Several Smart Bean Bags!
Lots of accessories...
Please find below some useful links for companies and websites that may be of interest.
Greeting Card Sales Outlets
Hall Farm Wild Bird Supplies
Old Town Quarry
People's Trust for Endangered Species
Dandi Creative (my logo designed by Clare Challice)
Martyn Pearce Website Services (my web designer)
Wildlife Guides & Tours
Safaris on Exmoor
Safari Ethiopia Tours
Clothing & Equipment Suppliers
Wildlife Watching Supplies
Stiffy Bag (Art Packaging)
Nick Martin Images
Ashley Grove Wild Images
Ian Butler Photography
Peter Beesley's Blog
Jim Harrison Photographic
Martin Smart Wildlife
Rich Andrews Photography