In a career spanning over 22 years of photographing environments throughout the world, David Woodfall has refused to be categorised by his work as a photographer.
In a 1998 portfolio in BBC Wildlife he was described as ‘the poet laureate of British and Irish landscapes’. In North America and Europe he is better known for his work on environmental issues. In 1999 he documented the Warao native people (of the Orinoco delta) for Living Earth (Terra Viva), Caracas. He has frequently photographed people, including commissions to photograph HRH Prince Charles and Sir David Attenborough. He has always photographed wildlife, which reflects his career in nature conservation prior to his work as a photographer, which is a feature of both his understanding of the world and the quality of his photographs.
He has won a number of international awards including several category winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and in Natures Best (USA). Both his books, Natural Heartlands (1997), and Flowers at my Feet have been highly commended in the Natural History Book of the Year Awards. Touring exhibitions have included Gwalia (1993), Beyond Wilderness(1995), Connections and Choices (2000) Global Warming (2005), Vital Signs (2009) and has been part of the ongoing Hard Rain exhibition which tours worldwide. Photographs of his have appeared in venues as diverse as the Tate Modern, Natural History Museum (London), The Lowry Centre (Manchester), The Smithsonian (Washington DC), lnternational Photography Hall of Fame (Oklahoma City), and Oxwich Village Hall. His work currently appears in an exhibition celebrating the world’s landscape and wildlife in Terminal 1 and 3 of Heathrow Airport. In 1998 the BBC made a short film, Kingdoms by the Sea, which documented his work.
His work appears regularly in books, calendars, exhibitions, design and adverts throughout the world. Commissions have included many for the Countryside Council for Wales, Groundwork Foundation (Millennium Commission), Corporation of London -a year in the life of Epping Forest, British Waterways, the Nature Conservancy (Costa Rica) Bangladesh (Uttaran), and his own numerous personal trips UK and worldwide.