Neal Haddaway



Neal Haddaway is a photojournalist and environmental photographer whose work highlights the damaging impacts of capitalism and unchecked economic growth

Neal Haddaway is an environmental photographer and researcher from the UK. He has a PhD in conservation biology and has spent 15 years conducting research in environmental science in the science-policy interface. After a 20-year career in academia, he became frustrated by the gap between science and the public, and turned his attention to photography as a medium for societal change.

His photographic practice is anchored in deep foundations of research and evidence, and explores the role that contemporary human society plays in the destruction of nature, and the emotional toll caused by a scientific awareness of the impending planetary crises. The project “Hope? and how to grieve for the planet” explores the emotions experienced by environmental scientists in the face of a dying planet and was selected for solo exhibitions at the UN Stockholm50+ conference (June 2022) and at the Royal Geographical Society (June 2023). His aerial photography was shortlisted for the Earth Photo Prize in 2023.

His photojournalism work has been published in magazines (e.g. Artefact and Nextblue), and his photographs have been used by major media outlets, including The Times, The Evening Standard, and The Daily Mail. In 2023 his images were shortlisted for the Earth Photo prize and featured in The Guardian. He has also published various popular science articles on the topic of research standards and climate and mental health.

Neal’s current work focuses on the social-ecological impacts of capitalism, most recently in an ongoing project that explores the environmental and social costs of European demand for low-cost, year-round fruit and vegetables in the vast plastic greenhouses of Almería.


© Neal Haddaway 2024 / Photojournalism and Documentary Photography  /  United Kingdom