"I have experienced the polar world in all of its ferocity, when it is a challenge just to stay alive, let alone pull out a camera and take a photograph. Martin Hartley’s ability to take beautiful powerful photographs in the most difficult places to survive on our planet, is inspirational." - Sir Ranulph Fiennes


One of the world’s leading expedition and adventure travel photographers, Martin Hartley specialises in documenting the most inaccessible places on earth. He has documented 20 unique polar assignments and is one of the only professional photographers to have crossed the Arctic Ocean on foot and with dogs (Adventure Ecology Top of the World Trans-Arctic Expedition 2006, Catlin Arctic Survey 2009 and 2010).

He first gained public recognition at the age of 17 as Runner-Up in the Young Wildlife Photographer of The Year 1987 and has worked as a professional photographer ever since, winning numerous other awards including both portrait and adventure categories in the Travel Photographer of the Year.His sustained commitment to capture the beauty of unadulterated landscapes and remote communities has taken him to some of the most isolated and challenging locations in the world.

He gained his reputation for formidable landscapes and portraits working with transparency film. His trademark is the medium format that has made him so popular with magazine art directors. He also works with the digital medium giving him extra versatility in the world’s harshest environments. His in-depth technical knowledge, creative vision and ability to produce results in the most difficult of conditions makes him a highly sought after expedition and adventure photographer.


His work has been published worldwide in international press and photographic, travel and adventure magazines, and he has the rare distinction of commissions for National Geographic publications under his belt.

Martin was nominated one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Environment 2009 for his work documenting the Arctic Ocean sea ice cover with Catlin Arctic Survey. His first book Face to Face: Polar Portraits was published in collaboration with the Scott Polar Research Institute.Martin lives in Bristol in the U.K. and balances his adventure travel/expedition assignments with editorial and corporate work.