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Doug Allan

Wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug Allan
-Sir David Attenborough

How do you approach a whale underwater? Or get close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Is it true your eyeballs freeze at fifty below? How bad is climate change up north, and what’s happening in the Antarctic?

Doug Allan is a documentary film maker and photographer, best known for his work in cold, remote places on BBC wildlife and expedition series. His presentation The Changing Poles talks about his 40 years of experience in marine biology, diving and filming. He has witnessed first hand how climate change is affecting both poles. Is there still time to turn the tide?

Doug spent eight years working as a research diver and base commander in the Antarctic on the British Antarctic Survey stations at Signy Island in the South Orkneys and at Halley. It was a chance meeting with David Attenborough in Antarctica in 1981 that took him into wildlife filming. Since 1983 he has filmed for many high profile award winning series for the major TV networks worldwide including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Forces of Nature and Nat Geo’s Hostile Planet, as well as making programmes for the Living Oceans Foundation about coral reef conservation and overfishing.

His photographic awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2018 he was awarded the RSGS Mungo Park Medal for his outstanding contribution to geographical knowledge through exploration.

He is now trying to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing the planet’s oceans.
Doug’s book will be on sale
Freeze Frame – a Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice £25

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