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Anup Shah

Hometown: Chippenham

Based in: Chippenham

Anup Shah was born and brought up in Kenya where his childhood experiences formed the foundation for a career in photography.
Anup’s innovative and arresting photographs of wild animals captured in their natural habitat has established him as a unique presence in the genre of fine art wildlife photography. His work has become synonymous with originality, intimacy, and detail and has been featured in many exhibitions, carried out eight National Geographic assigned full-length stories, has had 14 books published, as well as winning countless prestigious awards.
Anup’s striking images reflect his key aspiration, which is to be authentic. Always looking for new and innovative ways in which to translate what he experiences - transcendent moments – and feels – joy especially – into photographs, he works with a range of different cameras and places himself at the heart of every situation.


More About Anup Shah

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Endless space, infinite skies, oceans, mountains, elephants - all make me see the transcendent and feel magic.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

I travel to wild places, spend weeks on end at a chosen location, and look for scenes that stir an emotion. I make photographs when something inspiring happens. Back home, I edit and then post produce those photographs that speak to me. Then, in order to execute the final steps in my vision, I spend time getting the printing and framing right. From any given photographic trip, very few make it to this final stage.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Ethereal, timeless, dreamlike

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

Photographers: Nick Brandt, Michael McKenna, Composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Haiku poets

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?


Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Be authentic, honest, true and original if you want to express yourself. Integrity is everything.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

The Plains of East Africa



Grand Prize Winner, National Wildlife Federation Award


Grand Prize Winner, The Nature Conservancy


Grand Prize Winner, All About Photo


Grand Prize Winner, National Wildlife Federation Award


Grand Prize Winner, The Greatest Maasai Mara Photography


Grand Prize Winner, Monovisions



Animal art exhibition, Bils and Rye Gallery

United Kingdom, 2019

Arezzo and photografica Biennal Festival

Italy, 2018

Sienna International Photography Awards

Italy, 2018

Eye of The Tiger

United Kingdom, 2018

Indian Photo Festival

India, 2018

Kaunas Photo Festival

Lithuania, 2018

The Fence

United States of America, 2018

Serendipity Arts Festival

India, 2017

The Fence

United States of America, 2017

New Artist Fair

United Kingdom, 2017

Art Gemini Photo X

United Kingdom, 2017

Konica-Minolta gallery

Japan, 2016

Umbria World Festival

Italy, 2016


National Geographic Magazine


National Geographic Magazine


National Geographic Magazine


National Geographic Magazine


National Geographic Magazine


National Geographic Magazine


National Geographic Magazine


National Geographic Magazine