Robin James BackhouseRobin James Backhouse

Hello and welcome to my site!

My name is Robin and I am a wildlife/nature photographer from the NW of England. Since August 2020 I have been living and working in Kenya, and in the last decade I have also lived and worked in Malaysia, Indonesia and Nepal. In my day job I am a Biology teacher, and in past schools I have also been a head of department and led outdoor activities.

I have had a lifelong fascinating with the natural world but my interest became more serious in 2013. It is no coincidence that this was the year that I moved to Malaysia to take up my my first international teaching position. Growing up in the relatively wildlife-poor UK, I found myself hugely inspired by the rich biodiversity of the tropics (and awoken to the reality of the damage that is being done to it). This catalysed my interest in wildlife and inspired me to take up photography.

I consider myself as a naturalist and my interest encompasses all forms of wildlife. I am as fascinated by moths as I am by big cats and I will stop to observe and photograph everything in between (often much to the bemusement of guides and other people!). With my photography I aim to celebrate species in their natural environment.

Check out my blog for trip reports, my photo galleries for a sample of my photos and my equipment page for discussions about photography and wildlife observation gear.

Anyone can contact me on this page - I'm always happy to speak with and meet like-minded people around the world.

Cheers,

Robin

Publications / Media / Achievements etc.

I've had my photographs published a few times and have had some success in competitions. Here are a few highlights:

 

Books / field guides featuring my photos:

Robin James Field GuidesRobin James Field Guides

Giraffes Poster Featured in Ndege News March - May 2024 edition (AirKenya's in-flight magazine):
Ndege NewsNdege News

2023 Save the Frogs Photo Competition - Grand Prize Winner:
Save the Frogs Grand Prize Winner Robin James BackhouseSave the Frogs Grand Prize Winner Robin James Backhouse

2022 Wildlife Vets International Stories of Survival Photo Competition - Highly Commended (both)

and

2023 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition - Finalist (Kenyan Sand Boa):

Boomslang (Dispholidus typus)Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) Kenya sand boa (Eryx colubrinus)Kenya sand boa (Eryx colubrinus)

2022 Royal Society of Biology Photography Competition - Shortlisted:

Montane egg eater (Dasypeltis atra)Montane egg eater (Dasypeltis atra)

2022 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition - Finalist:
Kilimanjaro mustard baboon spider (Pterinochilus chordatus)Kilimanjaro mustard baboon spider (Pterinochilus chordatus)

2021 Wildlife Vets International Stories of Survival Photo Competition - Highly Commended:

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2021 Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition - Finalist

and

2021 Buglife Bug Photography Awards Competition - 3rd Place in the 'Beetles' Category:

Lily weevil (Brachycerus sp.)Lily weevil (Brachycerus sp.)

2021 Mammal Photographer of the Year Competition - Highly Commended

and

2021 Nature TTL Photographer of the Year Competition - Shortlisted:
Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)

2021 Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition - Final Round:
African Giant Centipede PortraitAfrican Giant Centipede African Giant Centipede PortraitAfrican Giant Centipede

2020 Luminar Bug Photographer of the Year Competition - Shortlisted:

Parallel-spined spiny orbweaver (Gasteracantha diardi)Parallel-spined spiny orbweaver (Gasteracantha diardi) 500_0872500_0872

2019 Southeast Asia Vertebrate Records: First published record of Calotes versicolor from Bali, Indonesia:

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2018 Mammal Photographer of the Year Competition - Highly Commended:

Mammal Photographer of the Year 2018Mammal Photographer of the Year 2018

2017 North East Wildlife Photography Competition - Shortlisted:

Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)

2015 Malaysian Naturalist: Two articles and various photos published:

Birds of PenangBirds of Penang Collecting Nature Without Harming ItCollecting Nature Without Harming It