Behind The Shot: Richard Peters’ wildlife photography

Richard is a UK based wildlife photographer and Nikon Ambassador alumni best known for a style that often favours dramatic light. His work has received numerous accolades, including being one of the only British wildlife photographers to be named the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, alongside winning several awards in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

‘Little owl’


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  • A 1-month wait for the perfect shot
  • A weekly hour and a half drive
  • Lots of used batteries
  • < 2 minutes to calibrate your monitor


“I had long wanted a more interesting perspective on a little owl photo, one of my favourite of the owl species. My opportunity came with a nesting pair in an old abandoned farmhouse I had access to.


In order to capture this image I had to leave a camera trap in position for 1 month, around an hour and a half drive from home, checking in on it once a week to change batteries. During that month, the camera only recorded two photos that were usable. This one at sunrise was the most striking of the two.”


‘When I grow up’


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  • A once in a lifetime opportunity
  • A chance taken with a 400mm lens
  • A single lucky shot
  • < 2 minutes to calibrate your monitor


“Photographing giraffe, and showing their height, can often be tricky due to their awkward shape and size. To include the full height of the giraffe and something of scale can result in messy background elements.

When I spotted these two at some distance from our jeep, I had time to only frame up and fire one single image before they parted ways. I didn’t even have time to look at or change my settings. I realised I had shot at f2.8 with my 400mm but thankfully this provided enough depth of field to render both mother and young sharp.”





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  • A cafe owner with an unlikely friend
  • A few enticing crumbs
  • A deceptive angle
  • < 2 minutes to calibrate your monitor


“With wildlife photography, it’s important to take advantage of any opportunity you can. This Raven was actually photographed on top of a cafe in Montana, USA. The cheeky chap, named by the cafe owner as Steve, was frequently seen by locals as he hung around in the hope of a few crumbs left behind. The image was actually taken with Steve about 12 feet above me, so I stepped back a little in order to reduce and disguise the steep angle I needed to shoot at as he called out.”


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