Phil Savoie is a biologist, photographer and filmmaker. He joined the BBC Natural History Unit as a staff producer/director/cameraman in 1994 working on numerous projects from large global series to international award winning self-authored films. His camera work can be seen across BBC output including Planet Earth, Life of Mammals, Deep Jungle, Congo, Wild Africa, Life in the Undergrowth and the Natural World series. With EMMY and BAFTA nods as well as being recognized by the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards his still photography is published worldwide including BBC Wildlife, Natural History, National Geographic and Geo. Now freelance with 40 years experience in science communication and visual media from picture editing National Geographic staff photographers to testing the lenses and cameras used for Planet Earth. A popular guest speaker Phil has a bachelors of science degree in biology, a master of science in photography and a master of fine arts in film. You’ll find him in the lush green Welsh valleys he calls home camera in hand chasing bees, birds and the Milky Way.


Over the years I’ve held a number of jobs in the business, from camera rental house tech to network news cameraman, film researcher to Junior TV Exec,  picture editor to university film/photo professor. Every position has taught me how to better communicate with images.  And as a curious biologist I’m fascinated by anything that moves from ants to elephants. I seek to make a difference, however small, in conserving the natural world by capturing nature using the latest imaging gadgets and a high tolerance for mud and mosquitoes. I still have my childhood passion for exploring as well as an insatiable obsession for all forms of photography. When not shooting you’ll often find me teaching others or speaking publicly; training sessions for broadcasters, university lecturing, group presentations, hosting individual and small group photo workshops as well as leading photo/nature tours.

Good luck with your own work and thanks for the visit.

Best wishes,

Please contact me directly with picture requests or to discuss how I may help you tell your story. As well as specific needs or to book a shoot, speak to your group or to check my upcoming events and travels.  You’ll find testimonials about me here, my LinkedIn profile here and press reviews of my authored film work here. To view film clips go to the Motion page, hover your mouse over the clip you want to view, click on the left hand hot key button and a large clip viewer with production notes will appear.

What you see here is only a small sample of my media work. My images are available for editorial and advertisement licensing as well as limited edition prints. I’m pleased to assist conservation causes without charge. Stock photography is represented by Nature Picture Library in the UK and Europe and Minden Pictures in North and South America.

Clients include BBC, ABC, NBC, PBS, NHK, ZDF, CBC, ORF, National Geographic, Discovery, Apple, CineMuse, BBC Wildlife, Banana Republic, Bristol University, Nottingham University, Yale University, Boston University, Montreal Science Museum, Smithsonian Institute, Nature, Science, Scientific American, Bunte, Stern, Der Spiegle, Geo and others.

All images, film clips and text are protected by copyright laws, please do not download, copy or print the low resolution 72dpi examples shown.

  •     Experienced @ High Speed/Slow Motion, Macro/Micro, Motion Control & Time Lapse
  •     Optex Steadicam school graduate (Industry Standard)
  •     ARATA level 1 certified for rope /climbing work (BBC safety standard)
  •     Perfect Safety record 25+ years of remote location work
  •     Clean driving licence
  •     A little French, Spanish, Graffuna, Mayan, Gabbonase & bits of Papuan dilects
  •     Years in the business with a positive, can do attitude!


BKSTS British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society
WWF World Wildlife Fund
FFC Filmmakers for Conservation
IDA International Documentary Association
SMPTE Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
ASMP American Society of Media Photographers
Arri Professionals
Panavision Professionals
Nikon Professional Services Member
Canon Professional Services Platinum Member
Cinematography Mailing list; Past List Administrator Sustaining Member