Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge in the South East of England in 1971. His photography career began at The Sunday Telegraph in London followed by a 6 year position at The Independent working predominantly on features and portraits. Allen joined Axiom Photographic Agency in 2002 covering a dynamic and broad spectrum of global stories with subjects ranging from the civil war in the remote Spice Islands of far eastern Indonesia, to the intriguing subculture of The World Taxidermy Championships in Springfield , Illinois.
Beginning in 2009 the BBC commissioned Timothy to work on the landmark series Human Planet. For two years he was in charge of the production’s photography at a time when the first DSLRs were beginning to adopt HD film capabilities and consequently for the first time his job included shooting film footage and multimedia content as well as the conventional photographic stills destined for use in the programme’s worldwide publicity, a best selling book and a touring photographic exhibition.
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In recent years the focus of his work has continued to move in the direction of multimedia production taking him to every corner of the globe, from 19 000 ft up in the Himalayas to 40 metres beneath the South China Sea as well as projects within communities in the Arctic, tropical rain forests and remote desert locations.
Timothy is a regular commentator on TV and radio in the field of media and travel/exploration and he is an experienced public speaker having undertaken inspirational lecture tours for the likes of the Royal Geographical Society as well as giving keynote presentations at conferences and corporate events around the world.
In 2016 Allen created a photography scholarship award in conjunction with the Sharjah Government Media Bureau. Each year the Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award (TAPSA) is awarded to 5 photographers from around the world and includes a 10 day trip to the United Arab Emirates to work alongside Allen. Allen’s 2017 adventure across the Siberian Arctic was captured by a documentary film crew for Discovery’s Animal Planet Channel.
Commendations include: 6 Picture Editors Guild Awards, 19 Travel Photographer of the Year commendations including the overall title in 2013, The Pangea Award of Excellence at SIPA 2016, 2 British Press Awards nominations as Photographer of the Year and a Press Photographer’s Year Award. ‘Human Planet’ has received a host of awards including 2 BAFTAs, an Emmy and the ITB Cultural Book Prize.