Phil Coates is an accomplished remote location Director Cameraman & professional expedition leader with an enviable record of working in extreme environments across seven continents. Clients include: BBC, Discovery International, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 & National Geographic.

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An accomplished photographer Phil has notched up an impressive range of adventure sports, lifestyle, social documentary and expedition assignments, creating a fine body of work in the process.

Phil has a proven skill of capturing the emotion of the moment, creating compelling landscapes and intimately portraying ethnic cultures with care and sensitivity.

In addition to location TV directing and camera work Phil has made the time to shoot production stills for a number of productions and production companies including Keo Films, Yorkshire Television, Tyne Tees Television, Sky Travel, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the BBC.



Photographic Assignments Have Included...


Phil’s production stills have been used for a wide range of publicity purposes including books, magazines, listings guides and web sites. This image depicts Bruce Parry and ‘Scott’ team from the BBC 2 series ‘Blizzard Race to the Pole’.



Phil worked on location in the French Alps with the renowned ultra marathon runner Andy Mouncey. Phil shot a series of images for Andy’s Big And Scary Running web site and was commissioned by 'Running Free' magazine to shoot a series of images for a feature article and a magazine front cover.



Phil was commissioned by adventure travel company Alpine Oasis to shoot a range of images of the world famous Tour du Mont Blanc, the classic trek that circumnavigates the Mont Blanc Massif. 




In October 2009 Phil worked on a personal documentary project photographing the unrelenting toil of the sulphur miners of the Kawah Ijen volcano 2,600m (8,660ft) in East Java, Indonesia. The workers tolerate extreme heat, a toxic environment and a corrosive sulphuric acid lake to win their precious loads.



Phil has produced an extensive body of work over the past twenty years and his library of images ranges from indigenous peoples to beautiful Alpine landscapes, from international expeditions to adventure travel subjects. Phil can supply a range of rights managed or royalty free images for use in catalogues, brochures, magazines or marketing campaigns. Contact Phil directly for further details.




Back in 1997 Phil photographed and interviewed ethnic Nepali Bhutanese refugees (also known as Lhotsampas) in the Damak refugee camp in eastern Nepal. Since the late 1980s, over 100,000 Lhotsampa have been forced to flee from their homes in Bhutan because of persecution. The Bhutanese government say the people are illegal aliens, the refugees say they have experienced ethnic and political repression.




Phil was mountain leader and official expedition photographer for the 1993 British Aconcagua Mountain Biking Expedition (B.A.M.B.E.) which claimed the Guinness World Record for high altitude cycling. Phil shot an extensive range of images on this expedition for use in magazine articles, illustrated public lectures and for over 37 different sponsoring companies from Kona Mountain Bikes and Polaris Clothing to Phoenix Mountaineering and Terra Nova Tents.



Although not a true thoroughbred wildlife photographer Phil has photographed many wildlife species across the world from Africa to Antarctica. Phil has a real affinity with the natural world and developed his field craft skills at the BBC Natural History Unit.




Phil has followed and photographed the plight of the Tibetan Buddhists both in Tibet and in Nepal and in the process produced an intimate portrait of a persecuted people. The Tibetan people have experienced human rights violations and religious and ethnic persecution during the fifty years that China has occupied their Himalayan homeland.




On many of the expeditions Phil leads he is asked to shoot profile shots and portraits of expedition members. Phil can supply digital image files, quality professional prints or mounted and framed photographs depending on your budget and requirements.



Phil regularly shoots dynamic and inspirational adventure orientated lifestyle images for outdoor equipment manufacturers and adventure travel companies. This type of image also lends itself to other commercial applications such as use in corporate presentations, annual reports or company web sites.



Over a number of trips to the mountains forests of Nepal and Bhutan Phil has documented the deforestation and valiant efforts of reforestation in one of the worlds biodiversity hot spots. Based on current deforestation rates it is calculated that two-thirds of the region's dense forest will disappear by 2100.




Phil has been fortunate enough to have lived and worked with some of the world’s indigenous peoples. He captures aspects of their daily lives with great respect and sensitivity.




In addition to working as a professional expedition leader Phil comfortably combines shooting all aspects of expedition life from grand landscapes to intimate portraits of fellow adventurers.




 Phil was commissioned by Berghaus and Alan Hinkes the renowned British mountaineer to photograph Alan’s Challenge 8000 quest to climb all the world’s fourteen 8000m peaks. As climber and expedition photographer Phil joined Alan on Broad Peak, 8,047m, Pakistan (the 12th highest mountain in the world) and Makalu 8,463m, Nepal (the 5th highest mountain in the world). Phil can easily combine both photography and videography on an expedition thus ensuring any sponsor obtains the appropriate media content to promote their brand.


Phil has worked with a range of different outdoor companies and brand owners to shoot ‘one off’ product shots on location in remote wilderness environments. This image is for the German Mountain Sports brand Vaude and showcases their Space Explorer expedition tent on location at Concordia in the Karakoram Mountain of Pakistan.



Phil was commissioned by Merrell UK to photograph their internationally respected kinesiologist Gary Richter. The shoot was in the Welsh mountains and produced a range of images for PR stories and syndicated magazine articles.



Phil’s images have appeared in a wide range of publications including…

  • Cotswold Outdoor Catalogue
  • High Magazine
  • Tenson Outdoor Catalogue
  • Himalayan Kingdoms (Mountain Kingdoms) Brochure
  • Himalayan Kingdoms Expeditions (Jagged Globe) Brochure
  • Saunders Tents Catalogue
  • The Sun Newspaper
  • Kona News
  • Field & Trek Catalogue
  • Terra Nova Equipment Catalogue
  • Berghaus Catalogue
  • Mountain Biker International
  • Geographical Magazine
  • Trail Magazine
  • Craghoppers Catalogue
  • Out There Trekking Brochure
  • Phoenix Mountaineering Catalogue
  • World Mountaineering – Mitchell Beazley Books
  • Blizzard Race To The Pole – BBC Books
  • Taunton Leisure Catalogue
  • Running Free Magazine
  • Alpine Oasis Website
  • High Places Brochure
  • Footloose Magazine
  • Mountain Equipment Catalogue
  • Radio Times
  • The Sunday Mirror - Take It Easy Magazine
  • The Sunday Telegraph
  • News Of The World – Big On TV
  • Sunday Express
  • The Observer Newspaper
  • The Independent On Sunday
  • The Mail On Sunday