Steve Backshall

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Steve Backshall is a BAFTA-winning English naturalist, explorer, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV's Deadly 60. His other BBC work includes being part of the expedition teams in Expedition, Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar. Steve has been passionate about the wild world ever since he could crawl. Growing up, he counted the animals that lived around him as his best pals – from the asthmatic donkey to the grass snakes in the manure heap! After leaving University, Steve studied martial arts in Japan attaining his black belt. Over the following years Steve wrote for the Indonesian Rough Guides and during his travels became conversant in the local language, drank blood with uncontacted tribes, nearly got caught in fatal crossfire in riots in East Timor, came nose to nose with Komodo Dragons and attempted to walk solo across Irian Jaya! Next, Steve headed out to Colombia. Whilst living in the jungle he wrangled snakes and ended up in a Colombian jail (through no fault of his own)! National Geographic Channel International bought the resultant video and Steve was taken on as ‘Adventurer in Residence’, producing, filming and presenting adventure and natural history programmes. Steve has circumnavigated the globe time and again, venturing into the Sinai desert, completing the Israeli paratroopers selection course, catching anacondas, vipers and cobras and making “The Ten Great Dives of the World”, for the long-running series ‘Earthpulse’. Will Nicholls is a zoologist professional wildlife camera operator from Bristol, UK. Will films wildlife around the world for natural history television, often filming at height from the forest canopy to provide a unique perspective. Whilst perfectly capable of shooting with two feet on the ground as a traditional “long lenser,” he loves to film at height in the treetops. Will owns and can rig a platform hide for filming, allowing him to experience a rare window into the lives of different species. Previous television credits include working for the BBC, Plimsoll Productions, and Silverback Films. Will is also the founder of the largest nature photography resource online, Nature TTL www.naturettl.com, where he teaches photography alongside other professionals.

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