Anna's father bought her first camera for her 9th Birthday, and since then she has shared her love of life through her award-winning photography. She is a warm, friendly person who loves to be around people and wildlife. She has an eye for an image and the energy and enthusiasm to journey to remote destinations all over the world.
She has been teaching photography in Going Digital workshops throughout Scotland since 2015. Anna is passionate about nurturing her own interests, a source of great happiness, in others!
Anna has lived in her beloved Edinburgh since 2005, and extended the home she shares with her super patient husband Robin, to include a wonderful large studio where she teaches Going Digital workshops.
She came to Scotland to study Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh University. Work as a technical journalist in London followed which led to a gritty 5-year period working offshore in Oil&Gas. She dedicated her six months' leave from the North Sea each year to travelling and photography.
Back on the beach, Anna began a very successful career as a social photographer, exhibiting a talent for capturing an event or individual with stylish reportage and portrait photography. This experience has proved invaluable in the corporate arena where people skills and the abillity to work quickly and under pressure are vital.
She has won 30 awards from the Master Photographers' Association (MPA) and Fujifilm for commercial, portrait, wildlife and wedding photography. She continues to write, mainly for the photographic press, and has also written a book on nude photography: "Camera Craft - Nudes".
Anna particularly loves the thrill of wildlife photography. In 2007 she won an award with an image of an Arctic fox in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, the most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world at the Natural History Museum in London. And again in 2012 with her image of a vulnerable polar bear on ice floes. And in 2018 her image of a tropical tree in Hawaii, shot from a helicopter, was selected to be part of the "People's Choice" vote in the competition.
As well as teaching photography, Anna takes photographs for many commercial clients. She was the project photographer at the new £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing across the Forth. It has been a highlight of a lifetime being involved with such an incredible feat of engineering. The nearby iconic Forth Rail Bridge is one of her favourite Scottish monuments.
She is also a qualified drone pilot, and loves capturing spectacular aerial photographs and video. She teaches drone flying and aerial photography to Going Digital students - an enthralling new skill for landscape photographers. (If flying a drone for the purpose of photography required any skill moves on an XBox or a Playstation...........she certainly wouldn't be flying!)
Anna loves nothing better than a challenge. She is an expert skier and enthusiastic triathlete, practising yoga, essential for prolonging youthful energy and enforcing moments of calm in a hectic life!
You can view her website at www.annahenly.com