Worldwide Photographic Journeys

Mike Watson

Mike Watson lives in East Lancashire with his Hungarian partner Évi and their son Alexander. His first career was with NatWest bank, where he eventually became a branch manager in Hertfordshire and later Norfolk, but he wisely decided to make a career change and became a key member of the Wild Images team.

Mike has travelled very widely in search of wildlife over the last 30 or more years, visiting many countries. His areas of expertise include much of Europe (north to Iceland and Svalbard or Spitsbergen), the Middle East, the United States, Brazil’s Pantanal, southern Africa, Madagascar, India and Antarctica. In addition to his role as Client Manager for Wild Images, Mike has also guided many tours for Wild Images to destinations that span the globe.

Mike has been an avid photographer for more than 25 years and spends most of his spare time with camera in hand. A keen wildlife enthusiast since childhood, his sharp eyes will surely ensure some great wildlife encounters!

Mike is a very approachable guide and always enjoys sharing his photographic knowledge with participants on his tours and makes sure that his group members’ photographic needs are paramount. You can check out some of Mike’s work on his website,

Tours Led by Mike

Master your bird photography with the Dalmatian Pelicans on the Wild Images Photo Tour

Europe (excluding Svalbard)

January 2020

Bulgaria & Greece: Pelicans, Vultures & Bison


March 2020

Snow Leopards of Ladakh

As with all albatrosses, there are affectionate greetings between pairs

South America & Galapagos

May-June 2020

Galapagos Islands

Harlequin Duck in Iceland on a Wild Images Wildlife Photography tour. Image by Mike Watson.

Europe (excluding Svalbard)

June 2020

Iceland: Wildlife & Nature

Ivory Gull against the ice is one of the most sought-after images during Svalbard (Spitsbergen) photography tours

Svalbard (Spitsbergen)

July 2020

Svalbard (Spitsbergen): A Polar Wilderness

Ambush! We have been watching a herd of grazing Guanacos (wild relatives of the Llama) in Chile's magnificent Torres del Paine. They gradually approach the area where we think a Puma is lying in wait in the 'mata barrosa' and 'calafate' bushes. She is! As a Guanaco nears her hiding place she bursts forth, scattering pieces of vegetation high into the air! Image by Mark Beaman of Wild Images

South America & Galapagos

September 2020

Chile: Walking with Pumas

Master your bird photography with the Dalmatian Pelicans on the Wild Images Photo Tour

Europe (excluding Svalbard)

January 2021

Bulgaria & Greece: Pelicans, Vultures & Bison

Tigress Sonam up close and personal at Tadoba, India


March - April 2021

India: Tiger & Wildlife Spectacular

You can often get really close to Ring-tailed Lemurs


September 2021

Madagascar: A World Apart