Expedition Photographer

Martin Hartley

Regarded as one of the world’s leading expedition photographers, Martin Hartley has documented 19 unique polar assignments and is one of the only professional photographers to have crossed the Arctic Ocean on foot and with dogs. Martin specializes in documenting the most inaccessible places on earth. He first gained public recognition at the age of 17 as Runner-Up in the Young Wildlife Photographer of The Year 1987 and has worked as a professional photographer ever since, winning numerous other awards including both portrait and adventure categories in the Travel Photographer of the Year. Kobold brand ambassador-in-chief and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, too, has praised Martin’s extraordinary work: 

”I have experienced the polar world in all of its ferocity, when it is a challenge just to stay alive, let alone pull out a camera and take a photograph. Martin Hartley’s ability to take beautiful powerful photographs in the most difficult places to survive on our planet, is inspirational.”
 Martin’s work has been published worldwide in international press and and photographic, travel and adventure magazines, and he has the rare distinction of commissions for National Geographic publications under his belt. Martin was nominated one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment for his work documenting the state of the North Polar sea ice cover with Catlin Arctic Survey. His first book Face to Face: Polar Portraits in collaboraton with the Scott Polar Research Institute has just been published to accompany a touring exhibition. The vast majority of polar images used in print ads promoting Kobold watches and on this website were created by Martin, who became a Kobold brand ambassador in 2005.


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