I’m Will Burrard-Lucas, a wildlife photographer from the UK. I am fortunate to be able to make a living from two of my greatest passions:
- Photographing amazing wildlife in remote wildernesses
- Developing resources and devices that help others push the boundaries of their own photography
I am probably best-known for the innovative devices I have created that allow me to capture images of wildlife in new ways. This all started with BeetleCam, a remote-control buggy that I created back in 2009 to help me get close-up images of potentially dangerous animals in Africa. Since then, I have also developed a range of devices for camera trap photography.
Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
How I got started
I spent just over three years of my early childhood living in Tanzania. It was during this time that my passion for wildlife and for Africa took root.
I first started getting into photography while at university in around 2003-2004. This coincided with the advent of affordable digital cameras that were a viable alternative to film cameras in terms of image quality. The flexibility of digital gave me the freedom to experiment and significantly cut my learning curve. By 2004 I was hooked.
After university, I got a job in a Big Four accounting firm in London. I spent the next few years investing in equipment, travelling whenever possible and honing my skills. I also started developing my online presence, beginning with my website www.burrard-lucas.com.
By 2010 I had built up my photography to the point that it could just about support me. In May of that year, I took the plunge and went full time.
Since then I have been fortunate to spend a year living in Zambia. I have also traveled extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa and to various wildlife hotspots around the world. Today I live in the UK but most of my photography projects still take place in Africa.
A younger me in Tanzania
My work often takes me to the frontline of conservation, where I get to witness both the frightening rate at which the natural world is being plundered and the incredible determination of people who have dedicated their lives to protecting it. I consider it a great honour to be able to contribute in a small way by taking images that can be used to raise awareness and communicate conservation messages.
Over the years I have worked closely with a number of conservation NGOs including World Wildlife Fund, Frankfurt Zoological Society, African Parks, Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, Painted Dog Conservation, Zambian Carnivore Programme and Panthera.
In 2013, Rebecca Jackrel and I, published a coffee table book about Ethiopian Wolves. 100% of profits from sales of this book are being donated to the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme.
Ethiopian Wolf Project
About Wildlife Photo
WildlifePhoto.com is the online home of my resources, services and products for nature photographers. I have decided to set up this new website so that my existing photography site, Burrard-Lucas.com, can go back to focusing on my photography projects and image library.
I set-up Camtraptions Ltd at the end of 2013 as a vehicle through which I could develop and launch new products for remote and camera trap photography. Today, Camtraptions sells a range of unique camera trap devices as well as BeetleCams and remote-control copters for aerial photography.