About Ed

Award winning photographer Ed Smith

Ed’s photographic career began in 2006 whilst travelling with his camera as a white-water kayaker; industry magazines and manufacturers purchased Ed’s images for their content and advertising. He has since gone on to establish himself as a leading adventure sports and landscape photographer. From sleeping in snow holes and skiing alpine couloirs to adventure races and kayaking some of the world’s finest white-water, Ed has been amongst it all with his camera.

Ed’s work has been a selected winner and shortlisted in numerous photographic awards. A regular contributor to outdoor publications Ed has also been widely published in the broader media; from UK magazines, papers and supplements such as The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian to numerous international titles and online media such as the BBC, RedBull and National Geographic Traveller magazine. Amongst others, clients such as The North Face, Scarpa, Schoeffel, Bridgedale Socks, Red Paddle Co, Daffy’s Gin, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and the M.O.D. entrust Ed with their photographic requirements.

Formerly ranked amongst the world’s leading white-water kayakers Ed is proficient across the spectrum of adventure sports. In his spare time he gets stuck into his own adventures whether that be by kayak, bike, ski, climb or run. But he is rarely spotted without his camera.

Ed is also the owner and curator of Eleven41 Gallery, a photographic gallery dedicated to mountain landscapes and the outdoors, in the town of Kingussie within the Cairngorms National Park.

Industry recognition – 2010 & 2011 Ian Parry scholarship exhibition Getty Image Gallery London, 2011 Magenta Foundation selected winner (Canada, U.S and UK touring exhibition), 2011 First Class BA(Hons) degree in Press & Editorial Photography (Falmouth University), 2013 Associate distinction of the Royal Photographic Society, 2017 Outdoor Photographer of the Year shortlist, 2018 Outdoor Photographer of the Year shortlist, 2019 Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year John Muir Award winner.     

  • Not all photographers are made the same! I have worked with Ed on many of my events for almost a decade. From epic mountain summits at 3am to the windswept rocky Atlantic Coast and everything in-between. If you need to a photographer to nail the brief, solve problems in tricky conditions, get amazing photos and smile while doing it, Ed is your man. Highly recommended.

    Andy Hastings
    Director, True Grit Events
  • Ed has proven himself extremely professional and highly organised throughout two shoots to date for Bridgedale. As a brand we choose to work with enthusiasts who love the outdoors and their sport rather than models and Ed is very skilled at getting the best from these teams by creating a fun and relaxed environment, whilst keeping focussed on the brief. On each occasion we have come away with a fabulous portfolio of pictures.

    Mark Brennan
    Managing Director, Bridgedale
  • In my experience Ed is one of the finest photographers I’ve come across. The quality of his photography is outstanding but his ability to understand a brief and meet specific requirements is equally impressive. Sourcing a striking front cover image for a high profile magazine is always challenging, but Ed made it easy! I’m looking forward to working with him again in the future and I’d happily recommend him.

    Phoebe Scott
    Designer - Weber Shandwick
  • The first time I worked with Ed was in the harshest environments on a winter expedition onto the Cairngorm plateau, staying overnight in a snow hole. Any concerns about the addition of a cameraman soon evaporated, as it became immediately apparent that Ed was very capable and a solid member of the team. His relaxed and confident manner in all outdoor environments shows a wealth of personal experience that allows him to focus on doing an amazing job behind the camera.

    Ian Stewart
    Winter Mountaineering Instructor & Trail Running Scotland Director
  • Ed has been our go-to documentary photographer for several years. He’s always a pleasure to work with and highly reliable; on our endurance treks he can be interacting with anywhere between 50-1,000 people, over gruelling distances, in all weather conditions and he never loses his enthusiasm or friendly and approachable character, making everyone involved feel at ease. We are always more than delighted with the final results, which provide a powerful marketing asset for our work and we can’t recommend him enough.

    Amy Kenyon
    Event Manager, ABF The Soldiers' Charity
  • Ed is a true professional, regardless of tough situations. A master at building a rapport, Ed’s passion for photography can be seen in his excellent results. An incredibly sharp eye, a taste for adventure and a solid pair of hands.

    Nina Saada
    Producer at Sky News
  • Ed’s unique combination of skills as a photographer and outdoor professional, make him far more than a photographer, he is an asset to any team, a flexible team player able to work in the most extreme of environments. This along with the ability to establish relationships with anyone, makes him a pleasure to work with and be around.

    Deb Pinniger
    World Champion Kayaker and Expedition Leader

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