Doug Anderson is a Wildlife Cameramen. Specialising in underwater Film and Video, he has worked worldwide creating sequences for award winning BBC series such as “The Blue Planet”, “Planet Earth” and “Life”.  He has spent the last 15 years working as a cameraman for the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, England.

Early life

Anderson was born in Glasgow in 1970. His father Stan was a civil engineer and his mother Anne, an artist. He discovered photography and the sea at a young age. During annual trips to the family home in Lamlash, on the Scottish Island of Arran, Anderson quickly became a confident snorkeler and free diver.

At the age of 11 he borrowed a Nikonas Mark 3 camera from his father, a keen scuba diver, and took his first images of a lions main jellyfish just off the “Old Pier” in Lamalsh bay.

Early Life

Doug studied Marine Biology at St Andrews University, Scotland. After graduation he spent five years as a commercial scallop diver on the Scottish west coast.

To pursue a career in wildlife photography, in 1996, Anderson moved to Bristol, home of the BBC Natural History Unit. In 1999, after four years of camera assisting, Anderson shot his first “Blue Chip” Wildlife sequence for a BBC’s The Blue Planet series. The sequence was of an alleged 15 m (49 ft) Sei whale (two later papers identified it as a Bryde’s whale) feeding on a small bait ball of the Pacific side of Mexico.

As of 2010 Anderson has been involved in the principal photography on BBC/Discovery Channel productions The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, and Frozen Planet as well as many other wildlife programmes.

Doug lives in England and is married to Devon wedding photographer Rosie Anderson.

The cost involved for each second under water is phenomenal. Irrespective of the conditions, I need to deliver. Over the years O’Three has put a system together for me that allows me to think of nothing else but my job.

Doug Anderson, Underwater Cameraman, BBC Frozen Planet

Media Career

Doug’s TV and Film credits include:

Doug Anderson has also appeared in several “camera diaries” including:

  • BBC The Blue Planet “Open Ocean” Making Of: Diver filming Sei Whale on baitball
  • BBC Planet Earth “Ocean Deep” Making of: Expedition to the Bahamas to film Oceanic White tip sharks
  • BBC Life “Fish” Making of: Expedition to Tobago to film Flying Fish
  • BBC “Frozen Planet” “Summer” Making of: Expedition to Antarctic to film Killer Whales hunting Weddell Seals.