Robert Canis is a professional nature photographer living in Kent, England. Born in 1970, from as young as he can remember he has always had a fascination with the natural world and from the moment he first picked up a camera (a Kodak Brownie 127) at the age of 6, he’s been hooked!
Upon leaving school Robert attended Paddington College, in London, where he gained a BTECH National Diploma in Photography and for several years thereafter worked as an assistant photographer and photographic technician. Although no longer a member of the RPS (Royal Photographic Society), at the age of 19 he was awarded an ARPS (Associate) in the nature category where he was (and, indeed, still is) one of the youngest ever to do so. He would spend every free moment with his camera but feeling he needed to devote more time to nature photography, at the age of 22 he decided to take the plunge and turn freelance.
Although he very much considers himself to be a stay-at-home nature photographer where a great percentage of his personal work is undertaken near to where he lives, over the years he has had a growing fascination with northern and eastern Europe which has resulted in numerous trips to Poland, Finland, Norway, Iceland and to the Czech Republic where he now regularly leads photographic landscape and wildlife tours. Robert also tutors for Tatra Photography and is represented by three international agencies. A regular contributor to the photographic press he has received numerous awards in such prestigious competitions as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Bird Photographer of the Year, British Wildlife Photography Awards, Asferico, International Garden Photographer of the Year, International Photography Awards and Environmental Photographer of the Year. Robert is the recipient of the Royal Photographic Society’s Gold Medal and in 2014 was appointed a Nikon ambassador for their Extreme Weather Photography campaign.
You can read Robert’s interview conducted by the Royal Photographic Society, here.