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David Tipling

David Tipling is one of the World’s most widely published wildlife photographers renowned for his artistic images of birds. His many accolades include a coveted European Nature Photographer of the Year Award (2002) for work on Emperor Penguins, and in North America, Nature’s Best Indigenous Peoples Award (2009) for his pictures of Mongolian eagle hunters.

He is the author or commissioned photographer for many books including the RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography (Bloomsbury) and Penguins –Close Encounters (New Holland). In 2013 after 6 years work visiting 39 countries on all seven continents the critically acclaimed Birds & People (Random House) was published.

David writes regularly for various magazines. TV and film work have seen appearances in front of the camera on BBC’s Springwatch and The One Show, while David has worked behind the camera making short films and with author Jonathan Franzen on the documentary Emptying the Skies.

David’s pictures hang in various collections around the World and have been exhibited in New York’s Times Square, the Nikon Gallery in Japan and recently the Mall Galleries in London. 

For 16 years David was a judge for the British Birds Bird Photographer of the Year and is currently a judge for Bird Photographer of the Year (BPOTY).

In March 2019 David was named an Olympus Mentor, the scheme honours the talents of photographers creating exceptional imagery with Olympus equipment.


Books in order of publication:

Top Birding Spots in Britain & Ireland (1996)

Photographic Handbook of the Seabirds of the World (1997)

Bill Oddie's Birding Map of Britain and Ireland (2000)

The National Parks and Other Wild Places of Britain and Ireland (2002)

Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden (2004)

Where to Watch Birds in Britain Ireland (2004)

Bird Photography: Choosing the Best Destinations, Planning a Trip, Taking Great Photographs (2005)

RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography (2006)

The Birdwatcher's Guide to Digital Photography (2006)

Great Birds of Britain & Europe: 200 Star Species (2008)

Birdwatcher's Walks in a Box (2011)

The Bird Photography Field Guide: The essential handbook for capturing birds with your digital SLR (2011)

Owls (2013)

Birds and People (2013)

Penguins (2014)

A Parliament of Owls (2016)

Britain's Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland (2016)

Seabirds of the World (2016)

A Bird Photographer's Diary (2017)

The Empire of the Eagle: An Illustrated Natural History (2018)

British Birds: A Pocket Guide (2019)

Flights of Passage: An Illustrated Natural History of Bird Migration (2020)

Agent: Cara Jones
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