About Nick Garbutt


Nick Garbutt climbing canopy tower, Danum ValleyNick graduated, with an Honours degree in zoology from the University of Nottingham in 1988. He then spent three months studying Proboscis Monkeys in Bako National Park, Sarawak, where he first began taking photos, most of them abysmal.  He was immediately hooked on the photographic process and the challenges it presented, feeling it allowed him a greater freedom to express his fascination with the natural world and convey its beauty and moods. He continued to work on research and conservation projects, including Red Deer studies on the Isle of Rum and endangered bird conservation in Mauritius, while simultaneously developing his interests in photography and writing, before turning freelance in 1996. He has subsequently forged a career primarily as a wildlife photographer and author, while combining this with leading photography and wildlife tours, lecturing and illustration. His travels have taken him all over the world.

Nick regularly contributes articles and photographs to a wide range of magazines such as National Geographic, Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife and Outdoor Photography. And through his agents, Nature Picture Library, Steve Bloom Images, Super Stock and NHPA/PhotoShot, his photographs also appear in books, calendars, promotional material and other publications worldwide. He is also a Special Lecturer at his old University in Nottingham on the MSc course in Biological Photography and Imaging.

Nick Garbutt with elephant in South Luangwa

In 2000, Nick was the winner of the prestigious Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and in 1996 won the Urban & Garden Wildlife category in the same competition. He has also had several Specially and Highly Commended images over the years.

Also an accomplished illustrator, Nick produces detailed ink drawings of wildlife, generally using his own photos as reference. These are used in his books to complement and augment his photography. He also sells originals and prints of his work. In 2009 he was a finalist in the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition.

Nick's books include:

  • Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor’s Guide 4th Ed (Bradt Travel Guides, 2014)
  • Chameleons (Natural History Museum, London, 2012)

  • Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide (A&C Black, 2007)

  • 100 Animals to See Before They Die (Bradt Travel Guides, 2007)

  • Wild Borneo (New Holland, 2006)

  • Mammals of Madagascar (Pica Press, 1999)