Old Hamptonian, Sam Rowley, is well on his way to becoming one of the world’s leading wildlife photographers even though he is still at university.

Sam left Hampton three years ago to study Biology at Bristol University whilst pursuing his life-long love of wildlife photography.

He began taking photos when he was in the Lower School at Hampton and attributes much of his success to the support and encouragement he received from the Hampton staff and his peers during those early years.

Sam who will graduate this autumn, returned to Hampton to present a Talk! to a gripped assembly of boys, on his photographic adventures so far. He spoke of his travels to the Galapagos Islands as the Charles Darwin Foundation resident volunteer photographer, and of a trip to Madagascar where he witnessed the effects of mass de-forestation and encountered some of the world’s rarest animals. A chance encounter with a leaf tailed gecko ( starring below) resulted in an amazing photo that catapulted Sam into the media spotlight and cemented his reputation as a leading photographer.

Sam spoke warmly of his years at Hampton and encouraged his audience to follow their dreams:

I’d like to persuade you to take advantage of everything Hampton has to offer in your short time here. I’m only just starting to appreciate what it did for me during my 7 years.

The main message I want to get across today is to keep going with what you love whether it be music, art or sport through your teenage years. You’re in one of the most nurturing schools out there, and you need to take advantage of that. Hopefully it will lead to you getting a job in an area that you care about when you’re older.

To learn more about Sam’s work see his Facebook page: 

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