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chris schmid

Photographer | Film Director | Speaker


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Sony Ambassador, National Geographic Explorer and represented by National Geographic Image Collection, Chris Schmid, has dedicated his life to documenting the natural beauty of our planet. His photographs and films are an invitation to discover the world with wide eyes and vibrant enthusiasm. His aim is always the same: to approach nature right at its heart in order to raise awareness around the fragility of our earth and inspire action to preserve it. 

Specialising in natural history documentary photography and film-making, mainly on bigcats, the quality of Chris’ work is reflected in the widespread recognition he has received. His photographs have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, BBC and GEO, and he has won numerous awards for his photography and shortfilms. But these prizes have never been his motivation. His tireless efforts to document and protect the few remaining areas of wilderness are fuelled by a love for the natural world and a desire to protect what's left.

Chris is deeply committed to wildlife conservation and works closely with WildAid, an environmental organisation based in San Francisco with the aim of reducing demand for illegal wildlife products. Chris is also a contributor to the Remembering Elephants, Remembering Great Apes and Remembering Lions projects, the Born Free Foundation fund-raising book and exhibition, illustrated by the worlds finest wildlife photographers.

His work is represented by National Geographic Image Collection. Please send any licensing inquiries to or visit

Chris Schmid is available for commissions and speaking engagements internationally. He can be reached at


  • Certified UAV DGAC drone specialist, over 200 commercial hours, Heavy lift/Inspire 2

  • Extensive experience of capturing images and producing photographs and videos of wildlife in their habitats

  • Remarkable knowledge of proper use of photo cameras, video cameras (RED and Sony cameras) and lenses

  • Ronin Operator (including Ronin MX and Ronin 2)

  • Knowledge of wildlife tracking methods and management of environmental issues

  • Motion Control Timelapse

  • 4K video camera traps

Chris Schmid
Sometimes you need to take a risk by spending all afternoon waiting for that great picture, and you may miss some decent images somewhere else, but its all part of the game in wildlife photography.
— Chris Schmid


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First prizes:

  • 2018 | LA Shorts Awards - Frozen Warriors - Winner in Best Documentary

  • 2018 | LA Film Awards - Frozen Warriors - Winner in Best Documentary Short

  • 2016 | PDN Great Outdoor Photo Contest - Action/Adventure category

  • 2016 | Drone Photo Festival - Brazilian beauty - People's choice Award

  • 2015 | International Photography Awards - Nature Category

  • 2015 | Nature's Best Photography Africa - Nature Category

  • 2015 | PDN World in Focus - Outdoor Scenes

  • 2013 | One Eyeland - Nature Category

  • 2013 | PDN Great Outdoor Photo Contest - Animals category

  • 2013 | Kontinent Awards - Single Image Nature Category

  • 2013 | "PX3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris" - Nature category

Honorable mentions:

GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Sony World Photography Awards, Siena International Photo Awards, Concours International Montier-en-Der, International Photography Awards,  Oasis Photo Contest, World Open of Photography