Carl Downing

Carl is semi-professional Photographer specialising in Sports & Wildlife. He began photographing butterflies in the early 1980s with his trusty Pentax SP1000 before investing in a 300mm Sigma lens for bird photography. In 1991 he was the official photographer for the highly successful "Colombia '91: Cambridge Rainforest Expedition" expedition to the Choco biogeographical region of Colombia (which resulted in the discovery of the Choco Vireo and was winner of the BP Conservation Award 1992).

With the continued improvements in digital technology, Carl invested in a Nikon P6000 and began "digiscoping" birds in Colombia, photographing some of the rarest birds in the World including Colourful Puffleg, an image that has been used in several publications.

As a keen cyclist Carl also began photographing road and track cycling events, including the British Cycling team training camp in advance of the Rio Olympics.

Since then Carl's equipment list and sports portfolio have continued to grow and is regularly asked to photograph local and national sports event.