Philip Charles

Professional Wildlife Photographer, Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation, Keynote Speaker and all round good guy!

From a young age growing up in Suffolk I was immersed in its beauty and wildlife. This passion led me to a degree in Animal Conservation Science and subsequently undertaking research on bears in Canada. I transitioned into working as a professional bear guide for 6 years with the world renowned Spirit Bear Lodge. Here, I crafted my skills both as a professional wildlife guide and photographer under constant tuition of the world’s leading experts.

I have been fortunate to spend time shooting alongside some of the world’s leading wildlife photographers including Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier, Melissa Groo and Mark Carwardine. Time spent with these inspirational masters taught me many things that you simply do not pick up from a book or watching YouTube! Now, I am passing this knowledge onto you.

My photographic work has been well received both internationally and at home. This is reflected in my images being published by National Geographic, the New York Times, BBC Wildlife and The Guardian amongst others.

Nowadays I am so happy to be based in Suffolk once again! Such a beautiful and special landscape and am privileged to be here. After returning from Canada I started Spirit of Suffolk as a means to get people out into the Suffolk countryside and look for the amazing animals and beauty that we have here. It is based upon my knoweldge and experience from Canada and kept the word ‘Spirit‘ in the title as homage to the Spirit Bears and the Spirit Bear Lodge.

I also lecture in wildlife and conservation modules with Suffolk New College on the Suffolk Rural campus.

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