Laurie’s on a natural history photo mission

Laurie Campbell has over 180,000 photos of Scottish wildlife in his stock library.
Laurie Campbell has over 180,000 photos of Scottish wildlife in his stock library.

Natural history and landscape photographer Laurie Campbell is on a mission to photograph as much of Scotland’s natural history as he can.

Laurie, who hails from Paxton, has won many accolades over the years, including 23 awards in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RSPB.

For Laurie his biggest achievement was being included in the ‘Highland Naturalists’ exhibition which acknowledged the efforts of 30 people (alive and dead!) who over the past 300 years have contributed most to encourage the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of Scotland’s natural history.

Sir John Lister-Kaye, nature writer and naturalist, said: “Laurie has the patience of a rock, the dedication of a monk, the field skills of a Red Indian and the technical savvy of a magician. He is simply the best wildlife photographer I could ever hope to work with.”

Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, added: “Laurie has an unmatched eye for capturing wildlife in the landscape. His patience and imagination are truly remarkable.

His wonderful images have inspired the world about nature in Scotland and he is fully deserving of these honours.”

Explaining his mission Laurie said: “Despite being a small country, Scotland has some amazingly diverse habitats and wildlife. I feel that I’m part way through a life-long, self-imposed mission – to photograph as much of its natural history as I can. With over 180,000 images in my stock library, there’s still much to do.”

That picture library is already the most extensive of its kind by any Scottish photographer, and he’s not finished yet!