I've been obsessed
with wildlife and
wild places for as long as I can remember. It's why I always wanted to study zoology at university. And it's what inspired my lifelong love of photography and writing. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to some of the world's last remaining wildernesses. I hope that, in some small way, my words and pictures can increase awareness of the crucial importance of these special places – and I'm extremely grateful to you for taking the time to visit my website and find out about my work.
For the last 30 years or so, I've travelled to many of the world's most beautiful and biodiverse wild places, photographing and writing about subjects ranging from Alaska, the Serengeti, Svalbard and the Coral Sea to Madagascar, the Himalayas and Galapagos Islands. There are plenty of places still on my wish list – Aldabra Atoll, Papua New Guinea and the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia to name a few.
I've written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, both in the UK where I'm based, as well as overseas. Titles include The Sunday Times, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, National Geographic Traveler, Wanderlust, Travel Africa and Condé Nast Traveller. I'm also the author of several books on wildlife and family travel. I've always been a firm believer that exciting travel doesn't automatically make exciting reading. Writing effective and inspiring travel copy is as much about delving into the realms of vocabulary and grammar as it is about exploring landscapes, wildlife and culture. I think you have to love the written word.
I've been lucky enough to win over 20 awards for journalism, including AITO Travel Writer of Year, BGTW Travel Photographer of the Year and Best Feature at the British Travel Press Awards. My first book, Coral Reefs & Islands – The Natural History of a Threatened Paradise – was commended in the 1993 Conservation Book Prize and described by Jonathan Porritt as "A truly impressive piece of work, as hard-hitting in its text as it is beautiful in its photographs."
Following the arrival of twins in 2000, I began specialising in family travel. The last two decades have been hard work – but great fun! Our family adventures, from sea kayaking in British Columbia to snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, were the inspiration behind a series of guidebooks for Footprint. The first of these, Travel with Kids, was voted Guidebook of the Year 2008 by the British Guild of Travel Writers. I've since written the worldwide guide, Wildlife Travel, which Wanderlust magazine described as "wider ranging than a blue whale and more densely packed than a butterfly migration – the definitive manual for wildlife-loving travellers".
My wildlife, landscape and travel photographs are represented by AWL Images and I offer one-to-one and small-group photography workshops in the Cotswolds, Cornwall, Lake District and Iceland. An experienced speaker, I was a presenter on the BBC Holiday programme and regularly give talks and seminars at Destinations and the Adventure Travel Show.
William Gray yanks us out of our living rooms and drops us in the middle of a tiger safari, presenting wonderfully rendered sensual details that root us in the scene making us accomplices in the effort to decipher the jungle’s clues
Awards for writing and photography are very subjective – one person's favourite feature or image can seem very mediocre to someone else. Having said that, it's always humbling and gratifying to be recognised for your work, and I'm delighted to have received the following.
AITO Travel Writer of the Year
Winner 2002; Runner-up 1999, 2003
British Travel Press Awards
Best Feature Winner 2011
British Guild of Travel Writers Awards
Travel Writer of the Year: Runner-up 2009
Travel Photographer of the Year: Winner 2009, 2011
Best Overseas Feature: Winner 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Best UK Feature: Winner 2000, 2002, 2009
Best Guidebook: Winner 2008
BBC Wildlife Travel Writing Awards
Bahamas Tourist Board: Travel Writer of the Year 2003
Sabah Tourism Awards: Best Foreign Writer 2003
Sir Peter Kent Conservation Book Prize
Highly Commended 1993
Voted fourth in the Press Gazette’s Top 50 Travel Journalists