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Paul Harris

Inspired by both painters & photographers from the early 20th Century and a passion for walking the British hills and mountaineering in the Peruvian Andes and greater Himalaya led Paul to his interest in photography. Following two years studying documentary photography in South Wales, he began a freelance career with a four month sojourn in the Steppes of Mongolia in 1990, recording the traditional way of life in this vast landlocked country during the upheaval of the Soviet Union for a book.

Over the last 25 years, Paul has continued to travel widely on both personal and commissioned projects for commercial and editorial clients which include Geographical Magazine, San Francisco Examiner (US), Wanderlust magazine, British Airways, GEO (Germany), Cable & Wireless, Dorling Kindersley and Rough Guides. Paul has worked with two frontline environment organisations, Earthwatch and Coral Cay Conservation, who have forged unique relationships between volunteers and scientists in the field as a means of better understanding our planet.

He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), a 'photographer-in-residence' and a recipient of their Cherry Kearton Medal for 'Photography of Peoples and the Natural World'. His portraits of British Explorers are part of the permanent collections at the RGS and National Portrait Gallery in London.

Since 2001, Paul has been an assignment photographer for National Trust specialising in people, both the visitor experience and the work of staff and volunteers. His assignments have ranged from environment initiatives at Brancaster Activity Centre in Norfolk to organic livestock farming and forestry in Snowdonia to high profile National Trust campaigns such as; Food, Glorious Food; Wild Child; Time to Wonder and the 2016 celebration of Beatrix Potter. Recent assignments include camping and walking in the Lake District, Park runs at Nostell Priory, Volunteer clean ups at Formby Beach and 'My Secret Places'  in the Yorkshire Dales where he lives.

He writes a regular thematic column for Outdoor Photography magazine and has recently completed two documentary film profiles about local Yorkshire artists responding to our relationship with nature.

A selection of Paul's photos

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Shepherds with sheep dogs during the thrice-yearly gathering of sheep on Hafod Y Llan farm, Snowdonia.

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People at the National Trust campsite at Great Langdale, Cumbria.

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Children looking at piglets on the farm on the estate at Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion, Wales.

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National Trust gardeners working in the Kitchen Garden at Knightshayes Court, Devon.

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Figure in low cloud in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales.

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Conservation in action at Chirk Castle, Wrexham, Wales.

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Visitors in the garden at Townend, Cumbria.

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Visitors in the garden at Speke Hall, Liverpool.

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Child in the garden at Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow, Cheshire.

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Scarecrow in the allotment gardens at Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow, Cheshire.