Charlie Hamilton James

Charlie Hamilton James is a National Geographic Magazine photographer specializing in wildlife and conservation photojournalism. His wildlife photography is technically complex and often involves specially invented and engineered equipment. As a conservation photojournalist he has covered issues across Africa and South America. His photography was showcased by 2014 BBC 2 television series “I Bought a Rainforest,” which followed Charlie as he traveled across the Amazon photographing the complicated issues of people and wildlife.

Charlie is currently working on three National Geographic Magazine assignments. “Vultures” documents the catastrophic decline of vultures in India and Africa. “Yellowstone” is a team-coverage special issue of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He is also working on an assignment on Manu National Park, the world’s most bio-diverse national park.  Previous stories for the magazine include “Kingfishers” and “Eurasian Otters.”

When not taking photos, Charlie also works as a wildlife cameraman. Credits include Planet Earth, Life and David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals.

Charlie’s work has won numerous international awards including several as Wildlife Photographer of the Year (he won the title Young Wildlife Photographer of the year twice, in 1990 and 1991).

He has also won awards as a wildlife cameraman and television producer, including the Royal Television Award for Cinematography (twice) and the Wildscreen Award for Cinematography.

He has been nominated for BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Emmy awards as well.

Charlie will present on Yellowstone with David Quammen on Th., Oct. 8.

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