Doug Allan – An Eye for an Image

On Monday 14th January 2019, we welcomed this season’s keynote speaker, acclaimed wildlife cameraman and photographer, Doug Allan.

An Eye for an Image – Highlights from 45 years of Photography

was presented at St Joseph’s Academy, Grassyards Road, Kilmarnock

Doug Allan and husky, Greenland
Doug Allan and husky, Greenland

Doug Allan is well known for his topside and underwater cinematography; he contributed to all the BBC’s Planets from Blue to Frozen. But he’s also an accomplished award winning stills photographer, an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and twice winner of the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

His special presentation ‘An Eye for an Image Highlights from 45 years of photography’ was hosted by Kilmaurs Photographic Club. Highs and lows, techniques, tools and tips, imagination, inspiration and sometimes perspiration – all revealed.

Young male Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) sits in show, Churchill, Hudson Bay, Canada.
Young male Polar Bear sits in snow.

Doug has also written Freeze Frame – a wildlife cameraman’s adventures on ice.  And he talked about why he chose to self-publish his book, what was involved in that venture, and how it became a success (9400 copies and counting).

This is a show not only for photo enthusiasts but for all the family.

“Doug is a man with a fusion of dogged endurance, determination, a great affinity with the natural world and a desire to get to places that others do not go.” Sir David Attenborough

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Guillemots Diving

Doug Allan spent eight years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time filming in 1984. Over his career, he’s filmed for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg and Forces of Nature, as well as making programmes for the Living Oceans Foundation about coral reef conservation and overfishing. What he’s seen reinforces his determination and commitment to raise awareness of global issues through his speaking engagements.

His photographic awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has four Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and of the Royal Photographic Society.

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Doug and David Attenborough
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Emperors and chick on feet

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