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One of the world’s great nature photographers and environmental campaigners looks back on an extraordinary career and ahead to the future.

Nick’s work has taken him from the jungles of Central Africa to the forests of California, resulting in a wealth of extraordinary images and a tangible contribution to the preservation of the planet.But he’s been a technological innovator, as well as an effective conservationist. His use of revolutionary rigging techniques allowed him to create a 126 part composite of a 3,000 year old redwood tree, displayed over a five page spread in National Geographic. While a combination of infrared, robot-controlled mini tanks and tiny electric helicopters literally took his coverage of lions in the Serengeti to a new level.

In an exclusive interview with Image Republiq, Nick identifies the key moments that have shaped his career and explores the passion that has sustained it.