Richard Young


About me:

I am a professional landscape and wildlife photographer born in Sussex, growing up on a country estate in the South Downs National Park I developed a love for both natural landscapes and wildlife.

In 2004 I first travelled to New Zealand and started capturing photographs of the country’s awe-inspiring and unspoilt landscapes and then choosing to make it my home. Every year I return to the England visit and explore some of my home country’s landscapes, which offer a entrancing contrast to those of New Zealand.

My photography has been recognised in numerous competitions, including awards at The International Landscape Photographer of the Year, The Fine Art Photography Awards, The International Photography Awards. I sell my work as fine art prints and it has been widely exhibited across New Zealand, Canada, America and England in both solo and group exhibitions.

Now my main work is teaching photography to others and running tours across New Zealand. In 2013 I founded New Zealand Photography Workshops which brings together the country’s best landscape and wildlife photographers to offers unique experiences all over New Zealand and is now one of the country’s largest and most established workshop providers.

With my love for long exposure photography, filters have always been an essential part of my work, I really enjoy the process of using them, capturing what I want in-camera to reduce the need of post processing work. I have been using Benro filters since 2016, they allow me to add a creative element to my landscape photography and balance out exposures in difficult lighting situations, without any loss in optical quality in the finished image.

Photographers that inspire me:

I really love the work of Bruce Percy and the simplicity his photographs offer, which is something that is often hard to create in landscape photography. I really admire the work of landscape photographers Colin Prior, Craig Potton and Joe Cornish, all who have very different styles and have had an influence on my work. A couple of my other favorite photographers are Nick Brandt and Sebastião Salgado, his exhibition Genesis is the most moving and powerful I have been to.

My favourite photo:

It is always hard to choose, but probably my “Misty Forest” photograph (see below). When photographing in the forest it can be extremely hard to create simple compositions, this image offer this and also captures amazing amount of detail. The mist creates a wonderful sense of depth in the photograph and the warm red tones of a broken Red Beach tree trunk isolated it from the emerald green of the forest. It has been one of my best-selling prints and has now won awards in 4 international competitions.

When I became a professional:

I was first happy to call myself a professional photographer in 2010, when I had my first solo exhibition called “Alpine Light”. In the same year I won ‘Best Landscape Photograph’ at the Banff Mountain Photography Competition and also starting to guide groups of photographers on trips into New Zealand National Parks, which become the foundation for my workshops.