Statoil platform Kristin and ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn, Norwegian Sea
Statoil platform Kristin and ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn, Norwegian Sea
Statoil's Heidrun Platform, Norwegian Sea
Statoil’s Heidrun Platform, Norwegian Sea
ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn in rough seas
ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn in rough seas
Stena Forth Drillship, off Greenland. Cairn Energy, Edinburgh.
Stena Forth Drillship, off Greenland. Cairn Energy, Edinburgh.
Gas platform decommission, Shell/Esso. The jacket is lifted by the Russian heavy lift vessel Stanislav Yudin off the sea bed.
Gas platform decommission, Shell/Esso. The jacket is lifted by the Russian heavy lift vessel Stanislav Yudin off the sea bed.
Gas platform decommission, Shell/Esso. The topside is carefully removed from its legs, and lifted by crane by the Russian heavy lift vessel Stanislav Yudin.
Gas platform decommission, Shell/Esso. The topside is carefully removed from its legs, and lifted by crane by the Russian heavy lift vessel Stanislav Yudin.
Helicopter transferring oil workers in the North Sea
Helicopter transferring oil workers in the North Sea
Portrait of an oil industry worker on  night shift
Portrait of an oil industry worker on night shift
Statoil platform Kristin and ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn, Norwegian Sea
Fast rescue boat in rough seas around the decommissioned gas platform, loaded onto a barge. Shell/Esso
Statoil platform Kristin and ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn, Norwegian Sea
Statoil platform Kristin and ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn, Norwegian Sea
Statoil platform Kristin sparkles at night, Norwegian Sea. Operations carry on 24/7.
Statoil platform Kristin sparkles at night, Norwegian Sea. Operations carry on 24/7.
Statoil platform Kristin and ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn, Norwegian Sea
Statoil platform Kristin and ROV/Survey vessel Edda Fonn, Norwegian Sea
Total Alwyn platform and connecting bridge to accommodation
Total Alwyn platform and connecting bridge to accommodation
Oil platform complex at sunset, 3-platform facility, North Sea
Oil platform complex at sunset, 3-platform facility, North Sea
Flare Stack
Flare Stack
Statoil's Kristin platform at night
Statoil’s Kristin platform at night
Billy Pugh basket transfer from Noble Tommy Craighead jackup rig, Cameroon. Bowleven.
Billy Pugh basket transfer from Noble Tommy Craighead jackup rig, Cameroon. Bowleven.
Driller inspects the top drive on drilling rig Stena Don.
Driller inspects the top drive on drilling rig Stena Don.
Oil workers silhouetted at dawn by a land drilling rig in Egypt. Melrose Resources (Petroceltic)
Oil workers silhouetted at dawn by a land drilling rig in Egypt. Melrose Resources (Petroceltic)
Drillers on the Stena Don drilling rig, Cairn Energy
Drillers on the Stena Don drilling rig, Cairn Energy
Aerial views of the Stena Don's rig floor, shot from the man rider
Aerial views of the Stena Don’s rig floor, shot from the “man rider”
Drillers on the drill floor running a drill string on a land rig, Egypt. Melrose Resources (Petroceltic).
Drillers on the drill floor running a drill string on a land rig, Egypt. Melrose Resources (Petroceltic).
West Alpha drilling rig, and supply vessel, in rough conditions in the North Sea
West Alpha drilling rig, and supply vessel, in rough conditions in the North Sea
Process engineeers at West Khilala gas plant, Egypt. Melrose Resources (Petroceltic).
Process engineeers at West Khilala gas plant, Egypt. Melrose Resources (Petroceltic).

Oil & Gas Photography

Anna’s mechanical engineering degree and work as a navigator offshore on seismic survey vessels for Schlumberger have evolved into a talent for creative, insightful portrayal of industrial and commercial subjects.

She studied towards the MSc in Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University in 2014 – passing the exams for eight subjects including drilling, geosciences, reservoir engineering, petroleum economics, reservoir modelling and production techniques. She found the subject fascinating and invaluable for enhancing her oil & gas photography as the offshore environment is often too noisy, frantic and cosmopolitan for effective dialogue.

Anna works from her base in Edinburgh, and can usually move very quickly when jobs arise at short notice, as is often the case in the oil&gas industry.

She particularly enjoys the drama of the offshore environment and is committed to safe working practices. Her offshore survival certificate – Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET) and CA-EBS (Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System) were refreshed in 2015 at Petrofac in Aberdeen.

In 2007 she spent a month on board the “Edda Fonn”, a Norwegian ROV survey vessel doing underwater photogrammetry and 3D video for Statoil, through Welaptega. She also spent time on a Total oil platform in the North Sea, and Shell sent her to Holland to photograph Dutch installations and a crane barge from a helicopter. Schlumberger commissioned her to photograph the sea trials of a new seismic ship “Western Spirit”.

In the last few years she has photographed a gas platform decommissioning for Shell in the North Sea, and travelled to Greenland for Cairn Energy, to Cameroon for Bowleven, and to Egypt for Melrose Resources (Petroceltic).

Anna loves images involving people, where she quickly puts them at ease, captures their personalities, and brings out the best in them. Often her subjects are busy people in hazardous environments where time is in short supply, so the work has to be carried out quickly, but sensitively, with her top priority being safety.

She strives for strong images with pleasing composition and imaginative use of colour. She wants her images to contain a sense of interruption. Each image should freeze the subject’s energy, capturing the moment at precisely the right millisecond. Her images embody the atmosphere of what’s gone before, and ignite an interest in what’s about to happen.

She has embraced digital photography wholeheartedly and is thrilled with the quality of pro cameras like the Canon 5D Mark 2, which also records broadcast quality video.

Kind Words

“I really like these! Thank you – he certainly looked happy to be there!”
Julia Bate, Picture Researcher - Photographic Services, Visual Media Services, Shell UK Ltd, London
“Just wanted to thank you for all the effort involved in getting these pics to me. Received the electronic version on Fri and the CD today. I know that you’re up to your eyes just now – so your help is even more appreciated!”
Judith Munro, External Affairs Advisor, Shell U.K. Limited