David Chancellor

David Chancellor Bio Headshot

David Chancellor is a multi-award-winning documentary photographer.

His work brings him across the world, from the sombre mountains of Scotland to the tribal lands of Kenya and, more recently, the arid plains of Saudi Arabia. A regular contributor to National Geographic, he has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, exhibited in major galleries and museums, and published worldwide. Recognised by World Press Photo, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and Pictures of the Year International, David published the monograph ‘Hunters’ in 2012. His work continues to examine mankind’s complex relationship with the natural world.

Arabian Oryx are released into the landscape of Sharaan Nature Reserve, AlUla, Saudi Arabia - from 'rewilding the kingdom'

Visually reminiscent of 19th-century daguerreotypes, David’s photographs are arresting, engaging, and thought-provoking. His passion for his work allows him to consistently succeed in navigating the minefields surrounding his chosen subjects. The resulting bodies of work never fail to draw people in and create a space for a much-needed dialogue.

David has won over 50 awards for his work, including Nikon Photographer of the Year multiple times, World Press Photo Award for Elephant Story, Sony World Photography Award for his project Lion, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for Hunters, World Understanding Award, Environmental Vision Award and Best Long Form Documentary story in Pictures of the Year International for his projects Hunters, Butterflies and Warriors and A Gamekeeper’s Life. He was recently awarded the Siena International Photography Prize for best documentary story. With Butterflies and Warriors - shot entirely in the northern rangelands of Kenya over 13 years, the project follows a generation of Samburu warriors as they metamorphose from boys to men.

Arabian leopard, Taif, Saudi Arabia - from 'rewilding the kingdom'

David’s work appears in numerous global publications, including National Geographic, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Independent, and The Telegraph.

David is currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he is documenting a long-term project on the landscapes and biodiversity of the Kingdom.



Books, Films and Exhibitions

Passion - Images of the Hunt - The Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Switzerland
‘With butterflies and warriors’ - Festival La Gacilly Baden Photo, Austria
‘With butterflies and warriors’ - Festival Photo La Gacilly, France
‘Safari Club’ - Foto Festival Naarden - FotoNaarden, Finland
‘Handle Like Eggs’ - Francesca Maffeo Gallery, London - (mid-career retrospective)
‘Safari Club’ - Musee de la Chasse, Paris, France
‘Rhino Farm’ - National Geographic Seminar, Washington, USA
‘David Chancellor’ - Xposure International Photography Festival, Sharjah, UAE
‘Handle Like Eggs’ - Ragusa Foto Festival, Italy
‘We Feed The World’ - Sao Tome, London
‘Work of David Chancellor’ - Cortona on the Move, Italy
‘Hunters’ - Jack Bell Gallery, London
LOOK3 - Shots and Works - Charlottesville, USA
'Hunters & Gatherers' - Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen & Stadt Esslingen Am Neckar, Germany