Charles Ryan
Wildlife Photographer
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Charles Ryan

Photography Mentor.

Sometimes, things just fall into place by accident. After studying environmental sciences, Charlie moved to Borneo in 2008 to work on community development projects with a focus on conservation. 

The focus of these projects was to create alternative livelihoods through the form of forest restoration projects, capacity training, and community tourism initiatives. One of the main goals of these projects is to curb illegal poaching and logging in rural communities.

Today, the projects are very successful and still running and he is still involved with consulting work with them. The current project he is working on is in the village on the foothills of Mt. Kinabalu with the goal of creating alternatives to poaching and depending on forest products through education, awareness, and tourism initiatives in the community.

In part with this, he spends time training individuals that are interested in becoming nature guides throughout Borneo, which he believes is an invaluable skill to promote conservation. Charlies has now been living in Borneo for over 10 years and is an expert naturalist specializing in mammals, birds, and rainforest ecology.

Charlie has traveled extensively throughout the world, visiting over 50 countries; primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. When traveling, my focus is to photograph rare wildlife and traditional communities and use images to educate people on the importance of tradition and conservation.

Some of my favorite places to travel include expeditions into the interior of Borneo, Papua, DR Congo, and remote areas in Myanmar.

Being an avid photographer, his work is specialized in the wildlife of Asia. My most extensive work is documenting all of the fauna of Borneo, which includes the first images taken of several species with a DSLR.

He has images that have been published in NPR, BBC Wildlife, Audubon Magazine, British Wildlife, and various scientific journals. He also runs wildlife photography workshops throughout Asia for amateur photographers.