I'm a wildlife camera operator and CAA approved commercial drone pilot,  based in Northern England & Scotland. 


My recent work includes long lens, drone, gimbal & macro camera operating across a range of bluechip wildlife series, for the likes of: BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Amazon. You can check out my recent credits/CV here.


I have  experience using a variety of  broadcast equipment including Arri Amira, Phantom Flex,  FS7, RED & Canon CN20 alongside lightweight kit such as the Panasonic GH5, Sony A7s.


I'm a resilient and self-motivated individual that thrives in tough environments,   having captured material in locations  such as Iceland, Southern Europe, Scottish Winter, Scandinavia &  Patagonia. 


 Fueled by the innate beauty of the natural world I have always strived to capture  unique species  and ecosystems  through the medium of  film.    Motivated by the need to protect these iconic creatures and spaces I hope my films go some way to raising awareness of  our need to conserve  them.   

As a recent graduate from Durham university (Geography BSc (Hons)) my   physical understanding of the landscape intertwines with a deep passion for  ecology and the creatures found within these photogenic places.


Sam Oakes at Laguna Torre Cerro Torre Patagonia