Stephen de Vere

In the Bering Sea for BBC’s Frozen Planet series. Photo © Jeff Wilson

Stephen de Vere is a cameraman and independent filmmaker specialising in nature and wildlife.

He started his career with the RSPB Film Unit as an Assistant Film Editor and in 1992 joined the BBC Natural History Unit spending a winter in Antarctica to film emperor penguins for the series Life in the Freezer. Later he was described by Sir David Attenborough in a television interview as “an extraordinary cameraman” after repairing his cine camera while frozen in during an Antarctic winter using parts from a computer printer.

His IMDB listing includes a spell as a CGI Creature Animator on several feature films but his main credits are for BBC wildlife television programmes spanning 22 years:

emperor penguin chick

Filming the breeding cycle of emperor penguins while overwintering in Antarctica. Photo: Stephen de Vere

Stephen believes in the power of storytelling to explain the importance of making connections with our surroundings. To that end he makes personal and unique British wildlife films in the countryside where he lives, charting the lives of individual animals in some detail: