David Tipling has had a passion for birds since the age of nine and started photographing them in his early teens. After a short lived career as an auditor in 1992 he entered the world of professional wildlife photography and was recruited to shoot for the Tony Stone Agency. During the 1990’s David started a picture agency, going on to represent some of the World’s most talented bird photographers. When the internet and digital photography took hold he made the move to concentrate on his own photography undertaking commissions for book publishers.
He is the author or commissioned photographer for many books including the RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography (Bloomsbury), The Bird Photography Field Guide (Ilex) and Penguins – Close Encounters (New Holland). In 2013 after 6 years work visiting 39 countries on all seven continents the critically acclaimed Birds & People (Random House) was published. Recently published books include Seabirds of the World, A Parliament of Owls and an instant best seller with Princeton University Press, Britain’s Birds. His book A Bird Photographer’s Diary charts his 30 year career in pictures. In 2018 David’s combined book sales topped 300,000 copies Worldwide.
Awards include a European Nature Photographer of the Year Award for work on Emperor Penguins, and in North America, Nature’s Best Indigenous Peoples Award for his pictures of Mongolian eagle hunters. He has also had notable successes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards and is currently a judge for the Bird Photographer of the Year.
He writes regularly for various magazines including Amateur Photographer and Bird Watching Magazine. TV and film work have seen appearances in front of the camera on Springwatch and The One Show. He has been a strong advocate for using powerful imagery to make change and was a member of the 2020 Vision team documenting the restoration of habitats and their wildlife in Britain. He has worked on campaigns in Cyprus and Malta covering the illegal trapping and shooting of migratory birds. This led to David working with author Jonathan Franzen on the documentary Emptying the Skies.
David’s pictures hang in various collections around the World and have been exhibited in New York’s Times Square, and the Mall Galleries in London.
He is a seasoned tour leader having led photographers to various destinations across the globe and in 2018 notched up his 60th tour to Shetland. Closer to home he runs tours and workshops on the North Norfolk coast and at his 4 acre wood that acts as an outdoor studio for bird photography.