Regarded as one of the finest young wildlife photographers of his generation, William Fortescue is devoted to depicting animals undisturbed in their natural environment. His outstanding work champions change, encouraging us all to take up the fight in protecting the last of our truly wild places.
After leaving school in 2012, Fortescue took up an internship with Governors’ Camp Collection in one of Africa’s most popular game reserves, the Maasai Mara. Here the aspiring young photographer was given an invaluable opportunity to get up close to the reserve’s fantastic wildlife and formulate his creative style.
He went on to graduate with a First in Marine & Natural History Photography at the prestigious Falmouth University, before heading back out to the Maasai Mara to work as resident photographer for Governors’.
Living and breathing wildlife photography, Fortescue spends the majority of every year travelling and photographing. In 2021, he co-founded the safari company Armstrong Fortescue, leading high-end, guided photographic safaris around the world.
Fortescue’s travels have since taken him all over the world, from photographing big cats in the Maasai Mara to tracking the elusive gelada monkey in northern Ethiopia and mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Spending time with these majestic creatures has left him with a true understanding of the fragility of nature.
“Beyond my commitment to capturing the natural world,” he tells us, “I feel a strong sense of protection over these awe-inspiring animals who do not have a voice.”
He sees his art as a tool for helping to protect the natural world. “My hope is that my work goes some way to showing what an incredible place Earth is, why we cannot let its biodiversity slip away and what must be done to ensure its safe keeping.”
Through his commitment to this cause, Fortescue has partnered with Saving the Wild and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, two brilliant organisations at the forefront of African and Asian conservation. These collaborations ensure his work not only raises awareness but allows him to make a financial contribution to the crucial safekeeping of these creatures and their environment.
He explains, “It is so important to me that my work is able to raise both awareness and vital funding for their work, for without organisations like theirs I would have very few images to show. My hope is that through offering prints supporting their missions, people are able to have art on their walls that they know is making an active difference to the wildlife we all adore.”
Fortescue’s stunning images have caused a stir in both the fine art and ecology circles, and have sold around the world. The photographer’s newest collection focuses on the regal elephants of Amboseli and the cheetahs and lions that roam the Masai Mara.
Signed limited-edition prints of this collection are now available to purchase through Red Eight Gallery, with 10% of each sale directly supporting the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Saving the Wild.
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