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Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Travel Photographer


Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge, Kent. 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 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. 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 at 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.

In 2008, the BBC commissioned Allen to work on the documentary project Human Planet. This was the first time that the BBC had employed a dedicated photographer on a landmark series. He spent over a year and a half travelling with 4 teams, covering stories of human endeavour in over forty countries around the world. Allen shot content for the programme and its accompanying multimedia projects as well as imagery that was published in a best-selling BBC book, formed an exhibition and was used in the program's worldwide branding and publicity

  • Seven-times winner - Travel Photographer of the Year
  • Six Picture Editors' Awards
  • 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

Prior to October Timothy will launch a Scholarship program for entry to his Sharjah based travel photography workshop. His exhibition will be on display from 12th to 15th October. Also Timothy will be conducting portfolio reviews, sitting on the panel of competition judges, and conducting Screenings and a Seminar at XPF 2016

Initiative By

Sharjah Media

Official Partner