In 2018, James Monnington was shortlisted at the Sony World Photography Awards for his shot of a blue shark taken whilst freediving off the coast of Cornwall. Discover Interesting invited him to tell us more about freediving, photography and his deep connection with the ocean. This is his story…
A thinker, compulsive image maker, and driven explorer, Chase first picked up a camera when he was 10 and never looked back. Over two decades later he’s an award winning filmmaker, scientific illustrator, writer, and expedition team leader. Forever inspired by the beauty of the natural world, he’s become an important voice in the struggle to protect and preserve native species and communicate the importance of wild and intact ecosystems.
In 2018 Ross Exler embarked on a jounrey to the Great Lakes of Africa. His aim? To become the first person to complete a solo, man-powered crossing of these natural wonders, and to shine a light on the environmental threats facing this beautiful but imperilled region.
Sydney-based journalist and photojournalist, Ian Lloyd Neubauer specialises in news, investigations and travel in destinations that are hard to get to but offer great experiential rewards for those who go the extra mile. Ian’s work has appeared in TIME, The Economist, The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera. Ian is a regular guest on Sky Business News ‘Business Class’ show and ABC Radio, and the author of two novels: Getafix (2003) and Maquis (2006).
David is a naturalist and conservationist, living on the Isle of Islay. David works as a warden of The Oa reserve, a 2,100-hectare nature reserve and working farm owned by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).
James Bowyer is a doctor for the British Antarctic Survey. Since 2019, he has been based at the Rothera Research Station, a centre for biological research and a hub for supporting deep-field and air operations.
Angelo is a 21-year-old storm chaser from the port city of Salerno, in the south of Italy. Two years ago he took up storm chasing, a hobby that has led him to photographing extreme weather around his tempestuous home region of Campania and beyond. This is the story of how, and why, he does it…
Michael MacDonald is a graphic designer and photographer from the west coast of Scotland with a passion for hiking, biking, and most of all, snowboarding. As a volunteer and activist for climate charity Protect Our Winters UK, he hopes to inform and empower others to help protect the places we love. During winter, you’ll find him sliding sideways at Glencoe Mountain in the Scottish Highlands.
Nils Amelinckx is a Belgian-bred Lake District resident with a passion for mountain biking, snowboarding and photography. In 2017, he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and ever since he tries to use his story and imagery to inspire others to live their lives to the fullest, even through times of hardship.
I’ve been working as a freelance filmmaker and photographer since 2014, alongside a great network of other creatives on a diverse range of productions.
One of my main goals is to always capture the raw feelings of the ones in front of the camera and inspire people to go out and experience real nature. My approach to this is being an outdoor enthusiast myself and always trying to be at eye level with the athletes.