Elliott Neep: Photographer

Me getting a soaking while photographing humpback whales in the Arctic

Hello and welcome to ProHides… I’m glad you found us. This is my ‘hide for hire’ project based in Wiltshire, UK. Unfamiliar with me and my work? Not a problem. Let me introduce myself. I’m a wildlife photographer, writer and guide. I have spent the past decade studying and photographing the natural world. The online home of my image catalog, prints, articles, videos and published works is at ElliottNeep.com

I primarily photograph large mammals – badgers, deer, foxes, otters, big cats, polar bears and the megafauna of the savannah. I simply have a great affinity with them – fur over feathers, if you like. However, imperious-looking birds of prey, enigmatic owls and jewel-like kingfishers and rollers, or massive flocks are stunning and there is always room for them in my portfolio – hence the focus on owls and buzzards here at ProHides.

My award-winning images have been well covered by the photographic/wildlife media with interviews and feature portfolios in Practical Photography, Amateur Photographer, BBC Wildlife magazine, Wild Planet Photo magazine, Digital Photographer magazine. My photographs have also appeared in major media publications including the British national press and countless books. I’ve won several awards for my photography in various competitions including: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, International Photography Awards and Natures Best.

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Me traipsing over Bonaventure Island in search of Gannets

I’ve spent the past decade travelling around the UK, East Africa, India and the Polar Regions, photographing wildlife ranging from the minuscule to the immense. I regularly spend time in the Arctic during the British summer, but in 2013, I spent the summer at Helen Browning’s Organic Eastbrook Farm on the North Wiltshire Downs, part of the Wessex Downs AONB. I was commissioned to simply observe the wildlife and photograph what I could from my 4×4 and the odd pop-up hide.

Me at Smeerenburg in Spitsbergen

In a short space of time, I’d discovered an incredible richness in the mosaic of habitats: Huge and highly active badger setts, red foxes, roe deer, muntjac, fallow deer, brown hare, water vole, stoats, barn owls, tawny owls, little owls, kingfisher, buzzards, red kites, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers, grey partridge, big numbers of skylarks and corn buntings, starling murmurations, golden plovers, lapwings, a valley full of orchids and wildflowers and marbled white butterflies…. the list goes on and on!

Elliott Neep building ProHides
Me working on the first hide

So, the thought occurred to me… “There is so much potential, I know others would want to photograph here at the farm.” But there was only limited public access and no hides. So I approached Helen Browning herself and put forward my observations and ideas. The response was incredible. A new joint venture was created and ProHides was launched.