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Ryan Atkinson

Lighting Cameraman

Cardiff, United Kingdom

I'm an experience cameraman working primarily working in adventure, travel and wildlife documentaries, I am an experienced cameraman working on projects across the world and closer to home. I work across both Blue Chip and Sync programming, with varied experience both on long lens behavioural sequences and working with A List presenters. I have extensive experience across almost all genres of broadcast camerawork and I specialise in mountain and cold climates where I am at home on skis and ropes, and other remote or hazardous environments requiring awkward or technical access and movement. I have vast experience ranging from 5000m Above Sea Level down to 2KM deep underground and have worked under almost all climatic conditions across high altitude, desert, rainforest and sub-arctic environments. I am confident with all current broadcast formats and cameras from large format to minicams, including specialist technologies such as high speed, thermal imaging, PSC 3D, and stabilisation.

Credits and Experience

Lost Worlds – Electric Sky Productions for Discovery and Sky 3D

Second Cameraman on major new discovery and wildlife expedition to Borneo filming in confined spaces underground and vertical environments. 2nd Cameraman, Long Lens Camera.

Extraordinary Humans – Off The Fence for Insight TV (2015) (Sync, Lit Interviews, High Speed, Long Lens).

Adventure travel show with science interest. Filming in Jungle, Desert, Mountain, Coast and Urban environments. Lighting Cameraman.

Our Planet Silverback Films for Netflix (2016) (Long Lens, Stedicam)

Cold Environments filming with extensive ski access in remote sub-arctic conditions. Filming Winter Scenics, Fox, and Bobcat hunting. Assistant Cameraman.

Operation Gold Rush BBC Factual (2016) (Long Lens, Sync, Aerial).

Aerial and ground camera for major BBC history and wildlife expedition through the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness. Filming on boats, ski, foot and float planes. 2nd Unit Cameraman, Aerial Cameraman, Assist,.

The Hunt – Silverback Films for BBC 1 (2014) (Macro, Stedicam, Cable Dolly).

Spiders, Chameleons and other insect predators in Madagascar for landmark David Attenborough Series. MoVi Operator, Cable Cam Rigger.

One Strange Rock Nutopia for National Geographic (2017) (Timelapse, Long Lens)

Various shoots in Europe and Africa for landmark National Geographic ecology series shot on Red Epic with extensive use of gimbals, high speed, rope access camerawork and rigging, and timelapse. Additional Camera, Assist.

Jungle Volcano BBC Factual (2017) (Sync, Long Lens, Timelapse, Drone)

Major expedition shot in DR Congo, abseiling into worlds most active volcano and lava lake and filming around Goma city. Working on ropes, boats, helicopters and cars filming people. Also filming sequence of wild mountain gorillas. Lighting Cameraman. Aerial Cameraman.

Earths Natural Wonders 2 BBC Earth for BBC Two (2017) (Long Lens, Sync)

Climbing and wildlife cameraman filming islanders scaling some of the biggest sea cliffs in the world on the Faroe Islands, to collect sea bird eggs. Extensive rope access camerawork and long lens bird filming. Lighting Cameraman.

Planet Earth 2 BBC NHU for BBC One (2016) (Long Lens, Stedicam, Making Of)

A number of high altitude mountain based shoots for landmark David Attenborough series, Including bears, flamingos and viscacha in both hot and cold climates. Additional Camera, MoVi Operator, Assist.,


telephone: +44   07849812500

mobile: +44 (0)7849 812500




Adventure,  Arri Alexa,  Cable Dolly,  Data workflow,  Documentary,  Extreme Environments (arctic, desert, mountain),  Final Cut Pro,  HD,  Jib and Dolly,  Navigation,  Rock/Ice Climber,  Senior First Aid,  Stills Photography,  Working at Height.


5D Stills and timelapse kit with various lenses,  Sony F55.