Duncan Nicholls

Duncan Nicholls

Sports & Lifestyle Photographer + DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Duncan Nicholls

Duncan Nicholls

Sports & Lifestyle Photographer + DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Loving the journey... Specialising in active lifestyle & sports photography + motion, Duncan's emotive style has seen him create powerful images of the worlds’ best sports women and men - Olympic Gold medalists, World Record Holders, World Cup winners and Super Bowl and Major Champions. Blessed to have shot for so many top tier global brands like Nike, Under Armour, adidas, New Balance, The NFL, Chicago Bears and The FA - Duncan is just a little bit sport and fitness mad himself. When the camera is not in his hand, he is often found out cycling, on the yoga mat, pretending he's not freezing whilst cold water swimming, or running around with his 3 year old son Ziggy. For Duncan it’s all about creating work that inspires positive health, wellness, environmental and social change. Executing those shoots in ways that are as sustainable as possible. A member of 1% for the Planet, Duncan gives back by donating 1% of his annual sales to environmental non profits. For motion & integrated campaigns, he has joined forces with Tobias James and created GOOD PLANETS. Empathetic storytelling is at the heart of Duncan’s work. His first short film, WALI is an emotive story about the blind marathon runner Wali Nori, who lost his sight whilst being a translator for allied forces in Afghanistan. This approach has also led to him to create campaigns for clients like This Girl Can, The Invictus Games, The Red Cross, The Royal British Legion and Scope. AWARDS: 2018-2021 ONE EYELAND BEST OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS 2020 - Short film WALI - Best Short Film at Big Teeth, Small Shorts (Chicago) 2017 TOKYO FOTO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS - WINNER 2017 SIENNA INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS - SHORTLIST 2016 PDN ADRENALIN SPORTS & ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY - PEOPLES CHOICE WINNER
Projects
  • Speedo
    SpeedoCampaign for Speedo - also featuring in Women's Health and Men's Health.
  • Muay Thai
    Muay ThaiI arrived at the arena as the warriors were in their final pre fight preparations. Surrounded by all the noise, activity and anticipation, they exuded an energy of calmness, control and focus. Visualising perhaps how they saw the fight playing out. Many with an aura of certainty of a victorious outcome ahead. Each of the five fights had its own rhythm and flow, each fighter their own unique style and game plan. The tempo often slow and hypnotic - each warrior waiting patiently for the ri
  • Barry's Bootcamp campaigns
    Barry's Bootcamp campaignsStills from a billboard and digital campaign for Barry's Bootcamp.
  • re:set - Ellie-May Brooks
    re:set - Ellie-May BrooksAccompanying stills from day 1 of our forthcoming short film re:set. Co-directed with my Good Planets co-founder Tobias James.
  • re:set - shoot day 5, Kemi
    re:set - shoot day 5, Kemire:set - ‘What Do You Take Forward?’ In early June, our Good Planets short film series RE:SET evolved in a big, big way. The project, which through the question ‘What Do You Take Forward?’ explores our collective and individual experiences and realisations through the lockdown period. The mindset shifts and habit changes this time has served to shine a light on and accelerate. Changes that perhaps would not have otherwise come to fruition. With the short film and series landing summer 2020,
  • TRACK MAFIA
    TRACK MAFIACommissioned by Nike and Runner's World - here's a selection from my series on the London based running crew, the Track Mafia.
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Projects credited in
  • re:set
    re:setre:set is a mediation on our collective experience and individual realisations during lockdown in the UK. Asking one open ended question, What do you take forward?
  • WALI
    WALIA story of superhuman courage, willpower and overcoming a life changing injury. Whilst working as an Interpreter for the British Army in his home country of Afghanistan, Wali Noori was involved in a Taliban ambush and suffered serious injuries as well as the loss of his sight. 'Wali' tells his story and how he found inspiration and healing through sport.
Work history
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    Photographer/DirectorDuncan Nicholls Ltd
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    Freelance Photographer + Director, and co-founder of Good Planets
Skills
  • Photography
  • Directing
  • Art Direction
  • Creative Direction
  • Filmmaking
  • Sport Photography
  • Lifestyle
Education
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    Diploma In PhotographyLCC
    London, United Kingdom
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    BSc Economics (hons)Loughborough University
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    2:1 DEGREE
Awards
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    TOKYO FOTO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS - WINNERTokyo International Foto Awards
    Personal Work - Category Winner