Duncan Nicholls

Duncan Nicholls

Sports & Lifestyle Photographer + Director. Digital Artist. Ziggy's Dad. 1% for the Planet Member.London, United Kingdom
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Duncan Nicholls

Duncan Nicholls

Sports & Lifestyle Photographer + Director. Digital Artist. Ziggy's Dad. 1% for the Planet Member.London, 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
  • THE SPEED PROJECT 2022 - LA TO VEGAS - DAY 1
    THE SPEED PROJECT 2022 - LA TO VEGAS - DAY 1A career highlight as a sports photographer and director for sure, this one meant a lot. Like a LOT. After 5+ years of work to make this happen, last minute cancelations in March 2020, and a whole lot of visualising :) it surpassed all the high expectations I had for the experience. The Speed Project is an unsanctioned non stop relay running race from Santa Monica Pier in LA, finishing at The Welcome to Las Vegas sign (via some intense Death Valley terrain). With 65+ teams (of mainly 6 p
  • The Speed Project - Motion Portraits
    The Speed Project - Motion PortraitsDropping these motion portraits, ahead of our short film dropping in July 2022. What a wild few days from LA to Vegas. Created by Tobias James and Duncan Nicholls - aka Good Planets TV https://goodplanets.tv/ https://www.duncannicholls.co.uk/portfolio/active-lifestyle
  • THE SPEED PROJECT 2022 - LA TO LV (day 002)
    THE SPEED PROJECT 2022 - LA TO LV (day 002)TSP is a 360 mile non stop relay race from Santa Monica Pier LA to the Las Vegas sign. 60+ teams from around the world taking part, this was one of the most incredible career experiences. Short Film dropping in summer 2022 too. Here's a couple of frames from shoot day 002. Enjoy https://www.duncannicholls.co.uk/portfolio/active-lifestyle
  • CHOOSE LOVE - NFT'S RAISING FUNDS FOR HUMANITARIAN AID IN UKRAINE
    CHOOSE LOVE - NFT'S RAISING FUNDS FOR HUMANITARIAN AID IN UKRAINEI've created these 3 NFT’s in support of humanitarian aid in Ukraine, with 100% of profits going to Choose Love’s Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser. ‘Choose Love are supporting projects who are providing vital aid and services to those still in and fleeing the country, including: emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, legal support, support for the LGBTQIA+ community and mental health support’. Featuring athlete Jessica Tappin (in 001), and Faye Fillingham in (003), each piece is from an ed
  • Psycle London - Strength
    Psycle London - StrengthOver the moon to share a couple of frames from this shoot for Psycle London. It's been a wonderful couple of months creating with them - so a huge thank you to all the teams from Psycle! Louise, you are an absolute superstar! And to my dream team crew of Maria Montfort Plana (Digi), Ollie Jarman and Ben Hughes on Lighting. Head on over to my website for lots more updates over the new few weeks. :)
  • Denise Lewis x Next
    Denise Lewis x NextMore from my activewear shoots with Denise Lewis MBE for Next. Always amazing to work with Denise, and all the creatives teams from Next. Huge thanks to Art Director Tara KD, Bjorn Krischker on Hair & Make Up, Emma Lane on Styling, Vicki Tarbuck, Zoe Kramer, Dawn-Marie Jones on Lighting, Maria Monfort-Plana on Digi - and my agent Pam Nolan (Global Assignments.agency) https://www.duncannicholls.co.uk/portfolio/active-lifestyle
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Projects credited in
  • This Girl Can / Sport England
    This Girl Can / Sport EnglandThis Girl Can believes that there’s no right way to get active – if it gets your heart rate up, it counts. And we want more women to find what’s right for them. The campaign celebrates active women who are doing their thing no matter how they look, how well they do it or how sweaty they get. We want to challenge the conventional idea of what exercise looks like and reach out to women of all backgrounds and ethnicities who feel left behind by traditional exercise. In doing so, we’re aiming to
  • 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