Meet Matthew


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Matthew Williams-Ellis is a London-based travel, documentary and landscape photographer, who has received recognition four times in Travel Photographer of the Year. He absolutely loves exploring the world, whether on assignment or working on a personal project such as his exploration of 6 minute exposures.

Matthew leads regular photography workshops in London, and photography holidays to destinations further afield including Madagascar, Costa Rica, Skomer Island and Romania. He has also given many talks, at Destinations Travel Show, for photography societies and at various schools. He shoots and presents ‘Photo Escapes’, a youtube channel creating cinematic short films. The films offers the viewer a behind the scenes insight into what goes into a travel photography shoot, and has included features such as ‘Photographing the Chinese Fishing Nets of Kochi in India’, ‘Dawn to Dusk in London’ and ‘Wildlife Photography with the Puffins of Skomer Island’. The most far reaching of the films entitled “Start Small, Start Now. Hong Kong’s Plastic Story.” is now featured on Cathay Pacific’s in-flight entertainment.

Matthew produces commercial imagery and video. Past clients include Nikon, Visit Britain, Cotswold Tourist Board, Cook Island Tourist Board, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, Conde Nast and Lonely Planet. His services have also been used by many travel companies such as Pioneer Expeditions, Cazenove & Loyd, Kallpa Travel and Magic of Lapland. Highlights have included a one week commission to photograph a canoe adventure along the Caledonian Canal from the West Coast to the East Coast of Scotland, shooting a race event for Talisker Whisky on the Thames and a two week commission to produce landscape, commercial and accommodation imagery for a travel company in Lapland and being invited to photograph an event in Buckingham Palace with The Queen and David Attenborough.

I am passionate about the variety of challenges and photographic opportunities that travel and commercial photograph presents, whether it be heading to the top of a volcano for sunrise, capturing the everyday lives of local people in a market, or taking on -40 degree temperatures inside the arctic circle to capture the northern lights. I will go to any effort to capture those once in a lifetime shots!”

— Matthew Williams-Ellis

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