“There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times. The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.”

The Nature Group of The Royal Photographic Society 

A visit to Elmley rewards anyone from absolute beginners to expert photographers looking to making the most out of their equipment. The atmospheric skies, and mesmerising views across the marsh make a wonderful backdrop to capture an abundance and variety of wildlife. Hares, dragonflies, raptors are all obliging for photos. We ask that any photographer is aware of and understands the wildlife photography code.


Robert Canis is an award-winning photographer specialising in wildlife and landscapes. His strong understanding and respect for nature results in captivating and unique images. The well-being of the species is at the forefront of his work. Robert learnt his trade at Elmley with the legendary Ted Coleman and has developed a unique knowledge of the Reserve and its wildlife. He has now been capturing the essence of Elmley for over twenty years. www.robertcanis.com

Commercial Photography

Please note photography at Elmley is for personal use only, please contact us if you wish to use images taken at Elmley commercially.

Beginner’s Workshop in Outdoor Photography with Robert Canis

1:1, 2:1 & 3:1 sessions.  What better way of learning than by spending time with a professional wildlife photographer?! This workshop combines an escorted drive around the Reserve with private tuition.  Aside from covering the technical aspects of the camera, Robert will also take you through the art of composition and how light, colour and form play the most vital roles in photography.