Heather Angel (photographer)

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Heather Angel
Heather Hazel Le Rougetel

1941 (1941)
Alma materBristol University
Known forNature photography
AwardsHonorary Doctorate of Science
1998 Louis Schmidt Laureate

Heather Hazel Angel MSc (née Le Rougetel, born 1941) is a British nature photographer,[1] author[1] and television presenter.


Her father was an RAF officer. Her mother is the garden-history author Hazel le Rougetel.[2]

She attended 14 schools in England, New Zealand, and then graduated in zoology from Bristol University, and, in 1964, married Martin Angel. She obtained her MSc in 1965.

In 1982/1983 she presented the Yorkshire Television produced, Channel 4-screened television series "Making the Most of…", which encouraged people to enjoy the British countryside.[citation needed] She wrote Heather Angel's Countryside to accompany the series.

She was commissioned to photograph Charles, Prince of Wales and was a guest of the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, both in 1985.[citation needed]

She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Bath (1986),[citation needed] and has been Visiting Professor in the Department of Life Science at the University of Nottingham (since 1994). She was President of the Royal Photographic Society from 1984–1986,[citation needed] and was the founder Chair of their Nature Group.[citation needed] The BioCommunications Association of USA made her their 1998 Louis Schmidt Laureate.[citation needed] She is a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography[citation needed] and of the Royal Photographic Society;[citation needed] and a Vice-President of the Nature in Art Trust[3]

Her exhibition Natural Visions toured the UK from 2000–2004 and was also on show in Kuala Lumpur, Cairo and Beijing.


  • Nature Photography: Its art and Techniques Fountain Press (1972), ISBN 978-0-85242-670-8
  • Seashore life on Sandy Beaches : A fully illustrated introduction to some of their animal and plant inhabitants. Text and photographs by Heather Angel, Jarrold and Sons, (1975), ISBN 0-85306-587-X
  • Monsters of the deep : sharks, giant squid, whales and dolphins, (Longmeadow Press), (1976), ISBN 0-7064-0541-2
  • Life in the oceans : the spectacular world of whales, dolphins, giant squids, sharks and other unusual sea creatures, (London), (1976), ISBN 0-7064-0541-2
  • British wild orchids, Jarrold and Sons, (1977), ISBN 0-85306-713-9
  • The natural history of Britain and Ireland, (London), (1981), ISBN 0-7181-1989-4
  • The water naturalist, New York, (1982), ISBN 0-87196-642-5
  • Heather Angel's Countryside Michael Joseph, (1983). ISBN 0-7181-2284-4
  • The book of close-up photography : text and photographs,Knopf, (1983), ISBN 0-394-53232-5
  • A camera in the garden, Quiller, (1984), ISBN 0-907621-34-1
  • Landscape photography, Oxford Illustrated Press, (1989), ISBN 0-946609-65-9
  • A world of plants : treasures from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, (Little, Brown), (1993), ISBN 978-0-8212-2040-5
  • Photographing the natural world, New York, (1994), ISBN 0-8069-0714-2
  • Pandas, Voyageur Press, (1998), ISBN 978-0-89658-364-1
  • How to photograph flowers, (Mechanicsburg, PA), (1998), ISBN 0-8117-2455-7
  • How to Photograph Water, (Mechanicsburg, PA), (1999), ISBN 0-8117-2461-1
  • Exploring Natural China Evans Mitchell Books (2010) ISBN 978-1-901268-41-6[1]


Additionally, her pictures are all or a significant proportion of those in:

  • The Natural History of Britain and Ireland Michael Joseph, (1981). ISBN 1-85052-064-X


  • ''Distribution pattern analysis in a marine benthic community. Helgolander wiss. Meeresuntes, 15, pp 445–454 (written with Martin Angel, based on her MSc thesis)


  1. ^ a b c Hilaire, Eric (2 February 2011). "Exploring Natural China by Heather Angel - audio slideshow". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  2. ^ Angel, Heather (1983). Kew - A World of Plants.
  3. ^ "Nature in Art - Trust". Nature in Art Trust. Archived from the original on 9 May 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.

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