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Ryan Atkinson

Adventure, Travel, Wildlife Cameraman

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Based in South Wales and primarily working in adventure, travel and wildlife documentaries alongside specialist factual, I am an award-winning BBC HEFAT trained lighting cameraman and drone pilot, working on projects across the world. I work across both Blue Chip and Sync programming, using a variety of different techniques encompassing long lens, ... Read More

Based in South Wales and primarily working in adventure, travel and wildlife documentaries alongside specialist factual, I am an award-winning BBC HEFAT trained lighting cameraman and drone pilot, working on projects across the world. I work across both Blue Chip and Sync programming, using a variety of different techniques encompassing long lens, aerial, gimbal, and more traditional sync image capture to film some of the worlds most exciting wildlife and most prolific presenters. I have extensive experience across almost all genres of broadcast camerawork and am supported by a host of advanced qualifications for challenging shoots. I further specialise in mountain and cold climates, and any other remote or hazardous environment requiring awkward or technical access and movement. I have vast experience ranging from 5000m Above Sea Level down to 2KM deep underground and have worked under almost all climatic conditions across high altitude, desert, rainforest, savannah, coastal and arctic environments.

With a previous background of over 6 years of experience camera assisting and second operating for some of the biggest and most accomplished names in the business, and 2 years spent as a technician at leading facilities company ‘Films @ 59', I have proved myself to be well suited to the areas of natural history, adventure and travel programming. I have extensive credits with a variety of major networks, broadcasters and indies including recent shows such as Avalanche, One Strange Rock, Expedition Volcano, Planet Earth 2, The Hunt and Operation Gold Rush. At home in the expedition environment and a keen adventure sports athlete, I am comfortable enough in any situation that I can focus 100% on getting the best possible shots using technology in the most creative ways.

Alongside being a freelance cameraperson, I run one of the UK’s longest standing professional and certified drone filming and surveying companies, and can bring my vast experience working with UAV and remote controlled camera heads to any production.

I am confident with all current broadcast formats, cameras and the associated grip equipment including specialist technologies such as aerial filming, high speed, thermal imaging, PSC 3D, stabilisation and motion control. I regularly attend training courses to keep current with the most modern technologies. I hold many complimentary qualifications and endorsements including pre-hospital trauma life support, swift-water rescue, off road driving, rope access and rigging for vertical environments and various useful access skills for staying alive and thriving in the worlds harshest environments.

I hold 2 valid passports and am up to date with all vaccinations.

I am a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of the Guild of Television Cameramen and the International Association of Wildlife Filmmakers.

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Credits last updated / confirmed indexing on 13th Oct 2018


Job RoleProduction TitleChannelCompanyDateNetwork Executive
Lighting Cameraperson / The Molecule That Made Us / PBS / Passion Planet / Oct 2018 to Oct 2018
Lighting CamerapersonThe Molecule That Made UsPBSPassion Planet Oct 18 - Oct 18
Lighting Cameraperson / Earths Paradise Isles: Borneo / BBC 2 / BBC Studios / Oct 2018 to Oct 2018
Lighting CamerapersonEarths Paradise Isles: BorneoBBC 2BBC Studios Oct 18 - Oct 18
Lighting Cameraperson / Europes New Wild / National Geographic / Off The Fence / Oct 2018 to Oct 2018
Lighting CamerapersonEuropes New WildNational GeographicOff The Fence Oct 18 - Oct 18
Lighting Cameraperson / Sky at Night / BBC / BBC Studios / Jun 2018 to Jul 2018
Lighting CamerapersonSky at NightBBCBBC Studios Jun 18 - Jul 18
Lighting Cameraperson / Horizon: Avalanche / BBC 1 / Caravan Media / Mar 2018 to Apr 2018
Lighting CamerapersonHorizon: AvalancheBBC 1Caravan Media Mar 18 - Apr 18
Camera Operator / Planet Earth 2 / BBC / BBC / Sep 2014 to present
Camera OperatorPlanet Earth 2BBCBBC Sep 14 - to present
Camera Operator / Expedition Volcano / BBC 2 / BBC Studios / Jun 2017 to Jun 2017
Camera OperatorExpedition VolcanoBBC 2BBC Studios Jun 17 - Jun 17
Camera Operator / Our Planet / Netflix / Silverback Films / Jan 2016 to Nov 2017
Camera OperatorOur PlanetNetflixSilverback Films Jan 16 - Nov 17
Camera Operator / Earths Natural Wonders 2 / BBC Studios / Apr 2017 to Apr 2017
Camera OperatorEarths Natural Wonders 2BBC Studios Apr 17 - Apr 17
Camera Operator / Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow / BBC 1 / BBC / May 2016 to Jun 2016
Camera OperatorOperation Gold Rush with Dan SnowBBC 1BBC May 16 - Jun 16
Lighting Cameraperson / Expedition Alpine / Anturus / Jul 2015 to Jul 2015
Lighting CamerapersonExpedition AlpineAnturus Jul 15 - Jul 15
Lighting Cameraperson / Extraordinary Humans / Off The Fence / Jan 2015 to Jun 2015
Lighting CamerapersonExtraordinary HumansOff The Fence Jan 15 - Jun 15
Camera Operator / Skyworlds (BBC One) / BBC 1 / BBC / Jun 2015 to Jun 2015
Camera OperatorSkyworlds (BBC One)BBC 1BBC Jun 15 - Jun 15
Camera Operator / Lost Worlds / Electric Sky / Jul 2014 to Aug 2014
Camera OperatorLost WorldsElectric Sky Jul 14 - Aug 14
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I've worked with Ryan on two month long 'adventure' shoots. Firstly, following the C19th Yukon gold rush trail over snow covered mountains and across freezing lakes and rivers before ending up digging for gold on a remote campsite. Secondly, filming a group of scientists monitoring the activity of the world's largest lava lake inside the volcano, Nyiragongo, on the eastern border of the DRC - an FCO 'red' zone. Both these shoots were physically demanding with a range of climbing, ski-ing & outdoor skills needed - Ryan didn't disappoint.

On both occasions, Ryan proved himself an invaluable member of the team. He applies himself to the task in hand with verve and is happy with the camera on the shoulder or legs. He knows his kit inside out and is especially good at natural history filming but can also turn his hand to observational doc style. Coupled with that, he's a dab hand with a drone and isn't precious about getting his hands dirty with go pros! He is also happy to self direct and is charming with presenters.

I'd have him along on the next shoot in a flash.

Simon Winchcombe

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Other Details
  • Media I Work In:

    Broadcast Television


    Music Promos

    Online Content

    Short Film

  • Locations I can work in:




    East Anglia





    North America

    North East

    North West

    Northern Ireland


    South America

    South East

    South West

  • Language:

    French (Conversational)

  • Skills/Permits:

    First Aid

    Heath And Safety Training

    I Visa USA

    CRB Check

    Hostile Environment

    Secret Filming

    Work Permit EU

    Drone Pilot (CAA PFAW)

    Rope Access

  • Awards:

    - Part of the team that delivered the award winning Mountains episode of BBC Planet Earth II

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