About Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge, Kent, England, the second son of two school teachers. He attended The Judd School and took further education at Leeds University where he received a BSc in Zoology. Whilst at university, Allen undertook a three-month ecological research project in a remote jungle on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi during which an encounter with a reclusive forest-dwelling tribe proved to be a pivotal point in his life.

Subsequently, after graduating from university he returned to Indonesia where he spent a further 3 years traveling and studying. It was during this time that he discovered his passion for photography. At the age of 27, he began a part-time diploma in photography in Hereford and for his first-year project, he joined an aid convoy to Mostar during the town’s struggle to rebuild itself after the Yugoslav Wars.

After returning from Bosnia, Allen was offered his first job as a freelance photographer working for the Sunday Telegraph in London. A year later, after commissions from all of the British broadsheet publications, he eventually settled into a six-year position at The Independent.

A member of Axiom Photographic Agency from 2002 to 2011 his more recent work has revolved around indigenous peoples. It was a personal project in Bhutan, India, and Nepal designed to escape the “rat race back home” that lead the BBC to commission him as part of the Human Planet team


In 2012 Allen signed with the International film production company Great Guns who currently represent him worldwide


  • One time overall winner in Travel Photographer of the Year
  • Six times category winner in Travel Photographer of the Year
  • Five times runner-up in Travel Photographer of the Year
  • The Pangea Award of Excellence at SIPA 2016
  • Press Photographer’s Year Award
  • Arts Photographer of the Year
  • Twice nominated Photographer of the Year at the British Press Awards
  • ‘Human Planet’ has won a host of awards including two BAFTAs and an Emmy Award as well as the ITB’s Cultural Book Prize

In 2016, Timothy was invited to established A Travel Photography Scholarship Award in cooperation with Sharjah Government Media Bureau and Xposure International Photography Festival.