He began his career on local newspapers moving quickly on to the national and international newspapers. Richard’s early work was mainly news, sport and features working for the award-winning regional daily the Western Morning News.
During the 1990’s he was contracted by a London based publisher to photograph Premier League Football mainly for the magazine market with whom the company jointly owned major football club magazines, Richard became the official magazine photographer for Chelsea, West Ham, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Crystal Palace, other titles included World Football Magazine, Football Italia, and Rugby World.
He photographed top-flight football in stadiums and training grounds all around Europe and the UK including European and domestic cup finals. At this point in his career, he was driving 70,000 miles per year and clocking up as many air miles. Eventually, the sporting contracts with the clubs changed hands and Richard turned his interest back to the West Country concentrating on the regional
and national news.
His images have appeared on the front pages of every UK national newspaper but throughout his career, his love of animals and wildlife photography has become internationally acclaimed publishing calendars in the USA and Canada.
His photographs of animals resulted in his own six-part TV series called ‘Richard Austin’s Animal Magic’ which went on to win the Royal Television Society’s Regional family entertainment programme of the year in 2007. He has also published five books under the titles of ‘Richard Austin’s Animal Magic.’
Richard has over 4,500 images with his London agent the world-renowned Rex Features. He has contracts in place for greeting cards distributed throughout the UK.
Born and bred in Lyme Regis Richard’s knowledge of the town is demonstrated through his pictures of Lyme in all its glory.
Richard Austin has been a Professional newspaper photographer for more than 30 years.
During this time his unique style of photographs have been published in most countries throughout the world. He has won numerous national and regional press awards with his first in 1986 winning NUJ regional news photographer of the year.
In 2004 National CEPA News Photographer of the Year and in 2005 he became the first photographer to win a national double securing the UK regional news photographer and sports photographer of the year title. This was followed up in 2006 winning the British Press Photographers Association news photographer of the year and in 2007 South West News Photographer of the year.
1986 Winner, N.U.J. Regional News Photographer of the Year
2001 Nominated British Picture Editor Awards
2004 Winner, C.E.P.A. News Photographer of Year
2005 Winner, UK Regional News Photographer of Year
2005 Winner, UK Regional Sports Photographer of Year
2006 Winner, British Press Photographer Association News Photographer of Year
2007 Winner, EDF Energy, Regional News Photographer of Year
2012 Runner-Up, EDF Energy, Regional News Photographer of Year
2001, ITV ‘Hold The Front Page’ Six Part TV Series
2004, Channel 4 ‘Water Stories’ Photographing wildlife on UK rivers
2006, Discovery Channel TV ‘Hot Shots’ with Amanda Lamb
2007, ITV ‘Richard Austin’s Animal Magic’ Six Part TV Series
2010, BBC ‘Country File’ Emperor Stag.
2011, ITV Super Tiny Animals
2003 ‘Richard Austin’s Animal Magic’
2004 ‘Richard Austin’s More Animal Magic’
2005 ‘Horses and Ponies’
2006 ‘Dogs and Puppies’
2009 ‘Lyme Regis’
Winner: 2007 Royal Television Society Award for Best Regional Family