Freelance photography and film based in England
Freelance photography and film based in England
Esfahan, Iran


I was an illustrator for clients like The London Evening Standard and The Spectator before moving into art direction for advertising. In 1999, I became creative director of BSA London, before opening Giraffe in 2003 with two partners. In July 2010, I went freelance.

I have art directed and written for numerous clients including Canon, Google, Nikon, Reuters, Sony, Toyota and YouTube. I have judged the Ri5 and The Guardian CIPD creative awards. In addition to my creative work, I develop websites using open source technologies.

I have travelled and photographed over 40 countries worldwide. My images have been published by BBC News, Guardian Weekend, Lonely Planet, Metro, National Geographic Traveler, The Observer, Pearson, Real Travel, STA Travel, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out and Wanderlust.


2018: Vietnam
2017: India
2016: India
2015: India
2014: Sri Lanka, Jordan, Turkey
2013: Greece
2012: Spain, Tunisia
2011: India, Morocco, Malta
2010: India, Germany, Egypt, Malaysia
2009: Turkey, Italy, Bangladesh, India, Lithuania, Kenya
2008: Iran, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia
2007: Yemen, Tanzania, Uganda
2006: China
2005: Jordan, Syria, Canada


2019: The Sunday Times The Big Shot: weekly runner-up
2016: Urban Photographer of the Year: hourly winner
2016: National Geographic Traveller: longlisted
2014: Specsavers Perfect Pairing: winner
2012: National Geographic Traveller: shortlisted
2011: Canon Your EOS Adventure: category winner
2011: Stylist: shortlisted
2011: Malta Today: monthly winner
2010: Sony and Condé Nast Traveller: highly commended
2010: STA Travel Exotic Cultures: winner
2009: Daily Telegraph Big Picture: weekly winner


The Critic
2019: Official Selection Omeleto
2019: Official Selection Viddsee
2019: Official Selection Lisbon Film Rendezvous
2019: Official Selection Inshort Festival
2019: Official Selection Short To The Point Festival
2019: Official Selection Nightpiece Film Festival
2019: Official Selection Kinno Moscow


Camera: Fujifilm X-T3 and Canon 5D MKII
Lenses: Fujinon 23mm and 18-55mm, Canon 50mm f1.8, 17-40mm f4, 24-70mm f2.8L and 70-200mm f4L
Sound: Tascam DR-60D MKII recorder and Rode VideoMic Pro

© James Shannon 2020