About Me

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Kaleel Zibe, Newcastle based professional photographer, north east England, UK

On the roof of the Baltic Arts centre for the culminating event of the RSPB’s red kites conservation project in the north east of England

I’m an award-winning freelance wildlife and sports photographer, writer and safari & workshop leader and am gradually moving into filmmaking. Based in the UK and represented by the RSPB and Photoshot image libraries, I also undertake commissions on a wide range of assignments. Clients include the BBC and RSPB.

I’ve written for several magazines, including Wild Planet Photo and Bird Watching and wrote the critically acclaimed book Wildlife of the Farne Islands.

I also run wildlife photography safaris and workshops, offering expert and friendly tuition to all abilities of photographer.

The wider remit of my work includes various types of photography including wildlife, conservation, sports events, commercial property, interiors, industrial and corporate events. Clients include:

BBC, RSPB, Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, Total Racing International, Piramal Healthcare, Midland Steel Traders, Adderstone Group, Brims Construction, Grays of Jesmond Bathrooms, Maguire Europe, Codeworks, Gateshead Council, Burns School of Black Belts, Smart Fitness, Newcastle Physiotherapy and Dissington Hall.

Magazine commissions and image placements have been for the following magazines:

Wild Planet Photo, Bird Watching, BBC Wildlife, Landscape Photography, Outdoor Photography, 220 Triathlon, Triathlete’s World, Triathlon Plus, Running Fitness, Runner’s World, Four Four Two, Living North, Shooting Times and Viz.

Whilst I’ve moved around a lot in the past (born in New Guinea and lived in Cumbria and Northumberland), I now live in Gosforth, Newcastle with my wife and three kids. As an amateur triathlete I completed my first (and possibly last!) Ironman in 2011.

Oh, and the name is arabic (my dad was Lebanese, mum English) and Zibe is pronounced to rhyme with ‘tribe’.


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“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
“Black and white are the colors of photography. They symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is subjected.”