Lou Luddington

Marine Biologist-Nature photographer-Author

Barrel jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo swimming in Pembrokeshire waters, UK

About Lou

I am a nature photographer and writer with a PhD in marine biology and aim to provide a voice for the natural world through powerful images and writing. My main focus is on coastal and marine environments and in November 2019 my book “Wondrous British Marine Life: a handbook for coastal explorers” was published by Pesda Press.As a columnist for Oceanographic Magazine and blogger for The Finisterre Broadcast and The Do Lectures I get to shout out on behalf of marine life to an international community of ocean enthusiasts.In summer 2018 I held my first photography exhibition “The Sea From Within”, a milestone and launch pad for making my images available as fine art prints. Orders available through www.rookwoodstudios.com and by email request hi@louluddington.com.One of my images was highly commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 and exhibited at the Mall Galleries, Trafalgar Square, London. Another of my images was runner-up in the Pembrokeshire Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 and Welsh Coastal Life magazine ran a feature on my work in 2019. My photography has also been featured in The Telegraph and BBC Countryfile magazine and I’ve worked on commissions for Visit Wales and TYF Adventure. My photography work is represented by Image Quest Marine the UK's leading stock image library specialising in photography of aquatic wildlife and environments. You can find many of my images for rights managed licensing for professional use through their website. For specific image enquiries, please email me.After 19 blissful years living in Solva, Pembrokeshire with my husband, we sold up and moved aboard our 35 ft sailing yacht Noctiluca. We named our boat after the bioluminescent plankton that lights up the ocean on dark nights (Noctiluca means night light), as we plan to be ‘a light at sea’, documenting and championing the marine environment through photography, video and writing.On 1st August 2020 we set sail to travel the Atlantic and beyond. Follow our journey at www.alightatsea.com.


I'm often asked about what camera equipment and gear I use so I've put together a list. All my underwater images are shot on a single breath, in natural light whilst snorkelling and swimming:

Camera & LensesWearables
Sony a7riiElios Pro tailor-made free diving wetsuits 6/7mm & 3mm
Sony FE 50mm macro f2.8Xcel Infiniti wetsuit 5/4mm
Sony FE 28mm f2DaFin swim fins
Sony 16mm Fisheye converterLeader carbon free diving fins
Sony 100-400mm G master 
Underwater HousingOther AccessoriesPhoto Editing
Aquatech Elite Sony A7 series water housingLowe Pro Flipside Trek 450AW backpackAdobe Lightroom CC
Aquatech ports Manfrotto Element monopod 



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My latest project (March - April 2022) is a Kickstarter to crowd fund the publishing of my next book. Visit my Kickstarter to learn more about Wild Atlantic Life: a book of nature photographs, paintings, haiku poems and prose inspired by a 2 year voyage free diving and sailing the North Atlantic.Gathering and binding together the most poignant moments from this voyage, in the form of photographs, watercolour paintings, stories and poems, I share my love of the natural world in the hope that you will be wowed too.Kickstarter projects are all or nothing, so if we don't reach our goal we won't receive any funding and publication of Wild Atlantic Life will be indefinitely postponed.We have until 24th April 2002 to reach the funding target so please hop on over to my page to join the creative journey. There are 11 pledge categories to choose from with rewards aplenty!

Family, La Gomera, Canary Islands (image from Wild Atlantic Life)

published work