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Shannon wild

About Shannon Wild, Renowned Wildlife Photographer and Instagrammer

Australian-born Shannon Wild, is an award-winning wildlife photographer and cinematographer. She has also authored three books, gives frequent photographic workshops and is an ambassador for a number of conservation charities and foundations. Growing up in Queensland she tried to spent as much time in the wild as possible and has since been drawn to exploring wildlife destinations the world over. She is now based in South Africa with her husband Russell MacLaughlin.

Working as an artistic director, Shannon developed her natural eye for detail and composition then moved on to her dream career as a professional photographer which she has now been doing for over 12 years.

Shannon accepts the danger of working with wild animals but ensure she takes the necessary precautions to safely get the perfect shot.

Shannon is well known on the social media platform Instagram by her moniker @Shannon__Wild which she uses to present her dynamic wildlife photography. The images of Shannon getting up close and personal with wildlife gain thousands of likes and her following are always awaiting images from her next wild adventure.

Together with Russell MacLaughlin, Shannon led a hugely successful photographic departure in 2017 aboard our Svalbard Polar Bear Explorer ship charter the M/S Freya. They will be returning to the Arctic archipelago this May (and again in August 2019) on a further photo safari. October will see them leading another trip dedicated to photography, when they travel to Madagascar on a 10-day expedition.

Shannon is an advocate for Apple MacBook Pro, RED Digital Cinema, Nikon and Sigma.

Both Shannon and Russell have also been featured as part of RED Collective, an initiative launched by RED Digital Camera that brings visionaries into focus. The husband-and-wife team have been recognised for their efforts in documenting rare and endangered animals across the globe, helping to promote conservation efforts and bring the fragility and beauty of the natural world to a worldwide audience. Together as "The Wilds", they bring their passion for nature and dedication to conservation to everything they do, and this is never more evident than when they serve as specialist leaders on our expeditions to Svalbard and Madagascar.

You can watch the full RED Collective video below, where Shannon and Russell discuss their process in capturing nature's intimate, unscripted moments.

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