Lou Luddington

Ocean and nature photographer

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 the sea kayaking magazine Ocean Paddler and an ambassador for Palm Equipment and Rockpool Kayaks, I get to champion coastal marine life among the sea kayaking community.

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.

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 wetsuit 6/7mm
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 masterCressi Reaction Pro fins
Hollis dive mask 
Tusa Hyperdry Evolution III snorkel 
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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