National Union of Journalists, UK. International Federation of Journalists
About Andrew Wheeler
I don't have any formal training in photography but it was one of early hobbies. I got a fully manual SLR when I was 15 to learn the craft properly. As a teenager landscapes and nature were my main quarry, in my early 20s I took interest in travelling and photographing in remote locations: Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Taiwan, India, Australia, China. I published the imagery in travel guide books, newspapers and had features in geographic magazines. This soon evolved into a greater interest in the human aspect of photography whether street, posed or documentary.
In 2002 I won first prize in the colour category of the WHO photo competition with an image of a paralysed man and his wife at a rehabilitation centre for paralysed people in Bangladesh.
This was followed by employment at UNESCO HQ in Paris as official photographer on an off for a couple of years.
I began freelancing for Bloomberg News in 2004 in Paris and completed corporate assignments for various clients too.