Who we are
Peter Cairns: Project Director, Photographer and Cameraman
Peter is a conservation photographer with 20 years of professional experience under his belt. He has co-founded major communication initiatives such as Tooth & Claw, Highland Tiger, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION. Peter is a co-founder of The Wild Media Foundation, the Company behind SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. A long-time advocate for rewilding, Peter is a serving Board Member of Scottish charity Trees for Life, and is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
James Shooter: Project Director, Aerial Photographer and Cameraman
James has a BSc in Zoology with Conservation and an MSc in Biological Photography & Imaging giving him a strong interest in conservation science and a passion for exploring ways of communicating ideas, stories and opinions. He is a director of The Wild Media Foundation where he helps develop multimedia narratives for a range of conservation bodies and now concentrates on video production and aerial photography for SCOTLAND: The Big Picture having become a CAA approved drone pilot.
Mark Hamblin: Project Director, Cameraman and Photographer
Mark Hamblin is a founding Director of The Wild Media Foundation and has worked as a professional nature photographer for the past 20 years. He has contributed to, and co-managed, numerous conservation projects including Wild Wonders of Europe, Tooth and Claw, Highland Tiger and most recently 2020VISION. Previously widely travelled, Mark is now focused on documenting the stories of a wilder Scotland and its wildlife from his base in the Cairngorms National Park.
Alan Hepburn: Project Director and Education Manager
For the last twelve years, Alan has been an educator with a focus on outdoor learning, motivated by his passion for the wild and his concern for the environment. Before becoming a teacher and outdoor learning coordinator, he led communications agencies in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Alan now brings this mixture of skills and experience to Scotland: The Big Picture and plans to develop innovative education materials and messages to reconnect young people with nature in Scotland.
Mat Larkin: Project Director and Cameraman
Mat is a conservationist, filmmaker and cameraman. He has worked with a multitude of broadcast and commercial clients for the past 15 years, including BBC, STV and Channel 5. He founded White Tip Media in 2008, and in 2015 was awarded the Eden Channel's "Nature Filmmaker of the Year" by UKTV. He currently lives in the Cairngorm National Park.
Philip Price: Contributing Photographer
Philip Price is a professional wildlife photographer and film maker who has focused his whole career on the rich array of wildlife in Scotland. He has worked for the BBC, BBC Scotland, National Geographic and numerous production companies as guide, film maker and presenter. 10 years ago he started Loch Visions, a multi award-winning business running wildlife photography workshops in Argyll. His photography has won numerous national awards and has been widely published. For the last 5 years Philip has been documenting the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale, with many of his images used to promote this ground-breaking reintroduction.
Richard Shucksmith: Contributing Photographer
Richard's favourite place is Scotland's dramatic coastline. He studied marine biology and marine ecology, which has allowed him to develop a deep understanding of this dynamic environment. His underwater photography enables him to visually communicate the importance of Scotland's wonderful marine life. Richard’s work has been widely published and he has won many awards including the overall winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) in 2011. Richard lives in the Shetland Islands where he spends his time exploring its 1600 miles of coastline and running Shetland Photo Tours.
Guy Richardson: Contributing Photographer
Guy Richardson is a professional landscape photographer and time-lapse filmmaker. His images are used by some of the UK's largest tourism and conservation organisations, including Visit Britain and The Woodland Trust. Now based in Durham, he has a growing passion for the mountains of Scotland and spends much of his time in the wildest places finding unique and powerful images that capture their spirit.
Neil McIntyre: Contributing Photographer
Neil is a professional nature photographer based in the Cairngorms National Park, where he has lived for over 30 years. His main photographic focus is on species close to home such as red squirrels, crested tits and red deer. Neil has been an award winner in competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the British Wildlife Photography awards. He recently worked as a Field Assistant and appeared in, the hugely successful Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart series produced by Mara Media for BBC Scotland.
Neil has recently completed a life-long project on Red Squirrels and the resulting book is available from the SCOTLAND: The Big Picture store.
Alex Nail: Contributing Photographer
Alex Nail is a landscape photographer with a passion for wild places and mountains. A keen backpacker, Alex’s images depict grand landscapes far from the beaten path. His international work has taken him to various mountainous destinations in the northern hemisphere, but it is in the contrasting landscapes of the Drakensberg of South Africa and the Scottish Highlands that his passion currently lies. As a time-lapse specialist Alex has worked with a range of UK tourist and conservation organisations.
Aidan MacCormick: Contributing Photographer
Aidan Maccormick is a biologist and photographer based in Glasgow. He runs an ecological consultancy specialising in surveying birds in remote areas of north and west Scotland. Aidan’s photographic focus is on timelapse and working with organisations helping to conserve declining and threatened bird species - from endangered macaws in the jungles of Bolivia to house sparrows in Glasgow tenements.
Pete Smith: Sound designer and recordist
Pete is a professional field recordist and sound designer with a passion for wildlife and conservation. His background is in music and electroacoustic composition and he first started recording the sounds of the natural world to use as material is his compositions. This gave him a greater appreciation of the musicality and richness of the natural landscape and he now can be found in some of Scotland's most remote places capturing the sounds he finds there. He has worked for Channel 4, BBC Alba, Hopscotch Films and STV as a field recordist and sound designer on projects ranging from award winning feature length documentaries to animations and short films.
Gordon Eaglesham: Contributing writer
Gordon Eaglesham is a published writer, lifelong wildlife enthusiast and rewilding supporter based in the Scottish Borders. He has written for publications such as BBC Wildlife magazine, Scottish Islands Explorer and Bird Watching magazine. In 2014 he launched his own blog to promote local, national and international wildlife news and comment.
Amber King: Graphic Designer
Based in the Scottish Highlands, Amber is a graphic designer and is currently studying a degree in Visual Communication. She has a passion for photography and the outdoors. Hailing from the Outer Hebrides, Amber has taken her love for the islands into her work and has developed a very earthy, natural style. She is currently working on a visual communication and design project to raise awareness for Scottish wildcats in the Central Highlands, in association with Scottish Wildcat Action.
Matthew Lissimore: Wildlife Artist
Matt is an artist, designer and photographer. His explorations and observations of the natural world inspire and inform his creative work. He is one of the founding directors of Firecrest Studio where he uses his visual communication skills to help raise awareness for British wildlife and conservation.
Phil Mumby: Wildlife Artist
Obsessed with wildlife since an early age, Phil is an award-winning artist and photographer. His passion for British nature, and the desire to use art and design to benefit the animals and landscapes he loves, led to him forming Firecrest Studio in 2016 – a design company based exclusively around the natural world.
Emma Blyth: Project Marketing
Based in the Scottish Highlands, Emma is a freelance marketing professional with a background in the nature and conversation photography industries. She recently became a director of The Wild Media Foundation has worked on various visual media projects including 2020VISION, Tooth & Claw and Wild Wonders of Europe.
Richard Bunting: Communications/press advisor
Richard runs Communications & Campaigns International – a consultancy on social and environmental issues working with NGOs, charities and the UN. He has worked with UNICEF, World Health Organization, and managed media relations on the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Indian Ocean Tsunami Appeal that raised £392m. He has written for New York Times, The Guardian and El Pais, and is editor of Green Adventures and Little Green Space magazines. Scotland is one of his favourite places, where he works with Trees for Life and Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
Neil Wakeling: Web Developer
Neil is a web developer, musician and a keen landscape photographer. He is passionate about the environment and raising awareness of the necessity for humanity to take a different path. He is rarely photographed, spending most of his time locked in the digital dungeon.
Gemma Wright: Communications Coordinator
Gemma has always been passionate about the natural world. She studied animal behaviour and has a keen interest in wolves. Her work with these animals inevitably led her to consider the ecosystems they thrive in, and her enthusiasm for rewilding was suddenly ignited. Gemma has worked for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and still works closely with RZSS, assisting with their programme to conserve the Scottish wildcat.