Martin Hartley is one of the world's most respected polar photographers and specialises in documenting the most inaccessible places on earth. 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. 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. 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. Martin has the rare distinction of commissions for National Geographic publications under his belt and he was nominated one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment for his work documenting the state of the North Polar sea ice cover with Catlin Arctic Survey.
For the past 15 years, Martin has been supported with Lifesystems and Lifeventure products on various expeditions across the globe. He has also undertaken photographic location shoots for Lifeventure in Vietnam, India and Cape Verde, as well as more local shoots for LittleLife. During his partnership with our brands, he has developed a trust and appreciation for quality products that don’t let you down when you need them most.