Simon Townsley is an internationally acclaimed photographer. Twice named British Press Photographer of the year, and winner of numerous awards including the Nikon Press Awards, he worked for 15 years as Senior Photographer at the Sunday Times.

More recently, Simon has combined his background in photojournalism with a larger format photographic style, to create a new and highly distinctive look and feel to his work. Simon has embarked on a major project on Global Health Security with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with The Telegraph Media Group, bringing awareness of vitally important issues to a wider audience thorough his photography.

Simon completed a prestigious two-year photographic exploration of the oil and gas industry, which took him to over 20 locations across the globe, culminating in an exhibition at The Royal Academy in London. The OILMAN project continued to tour to Houston and Calgary where it was auctioned raising nearly $200,000 for children’s charity AARC.

Simon’s passion for the visual image has driven him towards some diverse and interesting projects – from helping to create Christian Aid’s most successful Christmas campaign ever, to running photography workshops for the BBC World Service Trust in the Sudan. Major photojournalism assignments included: The Fall of the Berlin Wall; the conflict in Northern Ireland; the first democratic elections in South Africa; the handover of Hong Kong; as well as conflicts in the Gulf, Balkans, Africa, and Asia, and coverage of significant events in the UK.

His work has been widely published throughout the world.

Clients and Partners
Telegraph Media Group
The Sunday Times
BG Group
Christian Aid
Patek Phillippe
Oil Search
Paladin Resources
Yanchang Petroleum
Tej Kohli Institute
Giliead Sciences
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