Whether hiking clifftops, kayaking lakes or wild swimming, sporting activities in the great outdoors offer a world of opportunities for photographers with an intrepid heart.
One such creative is Anna Blackwell, a UK-based adventurer, image-maker, writer and speaker who thrives on pushing herself to the limit – in fact, she's made a career out of it, capturing stills and video for leading outdoor sports brands including Lowe Alpine and Peak UK. Her astonishing escapades include walking 1,000 miles solo across France and Spain along ancient pilgrimage paths, kayaking 4,000km across 11 countries and five capital cities, and scaling Mount Toubkal, the highest summit in North Africa.
"During one of my early adventures, I started taking photos and writing a blog – mainly so my friends and family could see how my long-distance trek was progressing," explains Anna, when asked how she turned a hobby into her profession. "I kept this up for a few years, sharing my adventures online through images and words, and this gained traction. Soon I was speaking about my adventures at events, festivals, and for businesses and schools. Then I started to approach brands to work with them on my upcoming trips, and bit by bit I was able to generate enough income from photography, writing, adventure filmmaking, speaking and social media to make it a full-time job."
Anna's most recent hiking and camping trip took her, her partner, Sam, and her dog, Bilbo, to the rocky landscape of northern Dartmoor in England with a Canon EOS R6 and two lenses – the Canon RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM and the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM – for company. She shares why she loves getting away from it all, her best advice for trekking in the wilderness and reveals how to bring your favourite adventures home through spectacular photography.