Wildlife photographer and cameraman
Ornithologist and conservationist
CBeebies Ranger Hamza’s Eco Quest
BBC1’s Hamza: Strictly Birds of Prey
Winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2022
Hamza Yassin is a passionate and highly knowledgeable wildlife cameraman, photographer and presenter. His wonderfully warm and accessible presenting style has made him a star within the natural history television genre.
In 2022, Hamza was delighted and honoured to lift the glitterball trophy with his professional partner Jowita Przystal, having won BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing!
Hamza’s first appearance as a BBC presenter was on The One Show, as one of their new wildlife cameramen. This is where he was seen by DML, who immediately spotted his potential and signed him as a client.
Today, Hamza is known as Ranger Hamza on the hugely popular CBeebies live-action shows Let’s Go For A Walk and Ranger Hamza’s Eco Quest. He is also one of the regular presenters on BBC’s Countryfile and Animal Park. Previously he has shared his vast knowledge and camera skills on ITV’s This Morning.
Hamza was also the presenter and cameraman for the one-off Channel 4 documentary Scotland: My Life in the Wild, which was about Hamza’s own life in the Scottish Highlands and the wildlife that lives there. In a four-part follow-up series called Scotland: Escape to the Wilderness, Hamza guided celebrity companions on journeys through western and eastern Scotland and the Highlands.
Most recently Hamza showcased his true, infectious passion for birds in his new BBC One documentary ‘Hamza: Strictly Birds of Prey’ which received 5 star reviews and over 3.8 million viewers.
Hamza embarked on his wildlife photography journey by assisting renowned wildlife cameraman Jesse Wilkinson on BBC nature documentaries. He has filmed for BBC’s wildlife documentary series Springwatch, filming a sparrowhawk sequence for Silverback’s The Hunt (narrated by Sir David Attenborough), polar bears for Sky’s series Predators and most recently capturing incredible eagle footage for BBC One’s ‘Wild Isles’ in which Sir David Attenborough explores the British Isles, including the extraordinary wildlife surrounding Hamza’s home in Scotland.
He produced a promotional video for the 25th Anniversary of the Rutland Global BirdFair in 2013. Samples of his stunning photography work can be viewed on Instagram (@hamzayassin90) and on his Facebook page (@hamzayassinphotography).
Hamza’s impressive qualifications are a Master’s Degree (MSc.) in Biological Imaging and Photography with Merit, in addition to his Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Zoology with Conservation.
Hamza has a passion for birds and is a skilled ornithologist and birds nest recorder, with excellent field craft and habitat knowledge. Hamza is also a published, famous wildlife photographer as well as a wildlife tour guide.
Hamza lives in a rural part of the west coast of Scotland, with wildlife and nature right on his doorstep as a constant inspiration for his work. In his spare time, Hamza competes in the Highland Games.
In 2023, Hamza’s first book, Be a Birder: The joy of birdwatching and how to get started, was published by Gaia, Octopus Books. In the book, Hamza shares his stories of birdwatching over the years and teaches beginner birders his personal tips and tricks to get started in this fascinating hobby that is so close to his heart.
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