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director of photography & licensed drone pilot


Andy Taylor is a freelance director of photography and CASA licensed drone pilot based in Sydney, he films documentaries, drama, network promotions, advertising, travel, fashion music and corporate branding. 


Andy has been working as a cameraman for over 30 years and is considered one of Australia’s most experienced, respected and reliable cinematographers. He was granted accreditation by the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2002 – the highest honour that is bestowed on an ACS member.


Andy has won 30 x ACS Awards and 6 x prestigious Walkley Awards for cinematography.

Recent documentaries Andy has filmed include:



Plus network promotions for:


  • Exposed – The Ghost Train Fire – ABC-TV network promo’s: titles, key art, and publicity stills.

  • Under Investigation with Liz Hayes – Nine Network promos and re-enactments.

  • Nine News – Nine presenter promos in NSW, QLD, WA, VIC and regional.

  • The Today Show – Men in Black promo with Ally Langdon and Karl Stefanovic.

  • The Hundred - with Andy Lee for Nine.

  • Sky News Australia – network promos in NSW, QLD, VIC and Parliament House Canberra.


Andy has filmed for the major Australian television networks including: ABC-TV, Nine, Seven and Sky News Australia. Plus commercial content for major brands including McDonalds, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Virgin Australia, Destination NSW, Canon, NAB, Fujifilm, NBN Co, Nokia, Contiki, Camilla & Marc, AJE,  Energizer, John Holland, Base Air, The NRL, F45 Training, The Australia War Memorial, He has also worked for the NSW Police force and been embedded with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With an easy going and positive attitude Andy is reliable and dependable, working quickly and collaboratively with all creatives, production staff, presenters, and talent. He consistently delivers beautifully lit and perfectly composed cinematic pictures with the highest production standards. Andy is also capable of working without direction or remotely as a shooter/producer. With a full professional audio kit, his wife Jo frequently works as his field sound recordist, she is also a professional Film & TV makeup artist and production coordinator.


As an owner/operator with cutting edge, professional equipment such as the Arri Alexa Mini LF camera and three Canon Cinema EOS 4K cameras (all Netflix approved), Andy has the equipment, skills, and ability to cover anything that is thrown at him. He owns a selection of cine-prime and zoom lenses, several tripods, gimbals, mounts and other camera support and monitoring options, plus various lighting solutions, drones, stills photography and audio equipment.

Andy is a CASA certified drone pilot, holding a remote pilots license and operators’ certificate (RePL & ReOC), he has been flying drones since 2013, recently shooting aerial work for NSW Local and State Governments, National Geographic, Disney+, Channel Nine, ABC-TV and Surf Life Saving Australia. Andy currently owns and operates a DJI Inspire 2 with the X5s camera, Cine SSD with Pro-Res license, plus a Mavic 2 Pro with smart controller. 


Andy began his career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1986 where he started as a studio cameraman, working on shows like Play School, Mr Squiggle and Countdown. He quickly secured a field position in the ABC’s highly respected cine-camera department as a film camera assistant and news & current affairs cameraman. In 1992 he was posted to the ABC Moscow bureau where he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union, and then in 1995 to the ABC London bureau where he covered events in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, shooting stories for News, 7.30 Report and Foreign Correspondent. In 1997 Andy returned to Sydney and was appointed to the position of Senior News & Current Affairs Cameraman and was contracted to film Four Corners where he shot 96 complete episodes (45min each) over 12 years, along with assignments for Foreign Correspondent, Australian Story, Landline and various ABC documentaries. Andy has also shot for many foreign broadcasters including National Geographic, Dateline NBC, BBC Panorama, Reuters, ITV and CNN.

For the following 8 years (2009-2017) Andy was a senior staff cinematographer at 60 Minutes Australia, filming stories covering every genre, including: human interest, true crime, wildlife and adventure, science and medical, politics, celebrity profiles, wars, riots, civil unrest, and natural disasters. Exotic assignments Andy filmed for 60 Minutes: include trekking through the most remote parts of the Amazon Rainforest, the Kokoda Track, filming over the rim of active volcanos in Vanuatu, climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and to Everest Base Camp. He’s been on safari in the Masai Mara, explored the incredible Crystal Caves of Mexico and the smugglers tunnels below the Gaza Strip, raided the Brazilian Favela’s with the anti-kidnapping police and boarded people smuggling boats off Indonesia with the Australian Navy.


Over the years Andy has worked with many of Australia’s most respected journalists and presenters including:

Ray Martin, Chris Masters, Liz Hayes, Andrew Denton, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Sarah Ferguson, Leigh Sales, Tony Jones, Mark Colvin, Michael Usher, Tara Brown, Ally Langdon, Karl Stefanovic, Charles Wooley and Peter Overton. Plus many international celebrities such as: Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Pink, The Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez, Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Leonard DiCaprio, Cher, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, Sir Richard Branson, and Sir David Attenborough.


His work has taken him to over 110 countries and territories, filming royalty, rock stars, politicians, warlords, and terrorists, often in the most amazing locations around the world including the USA (35 states), Canada, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and the Pacific. Andy has covered many wars and conflicts: Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Rwanda, Zaire, Angola, the Balkans, East Timor, PNG, Northern Ireland, North Korea and the former Soviet Union, as well as major natural disasters and earthquakes in Fukushima, Haiti and the 2004 boxing day tsunami in Ache.


Andy is no stranger to difficult and dangerous situations, he has been shot at, shelled, ambushed, and attacked,

arrested by the KGB, kidnapped by the IRA, and confirmed dead in a plane that was shot down over the Black Sea. In 1991 he spent three months in the Middle East covering the first Gulf War in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq. He filmed the 1993 Moscow uprising, including tanks shelling the Russian parliament building, the murder of a policeman and the battle at the Ostankino TV station where seven journalists were killed, including the legendary combat cameraman Rory Peck who was standing right beside Andy. 

As a PADI Advanced scuba diver, he has filmed underwater with Leopard Seals in Antarctica, Bull Sharks in Fiji, Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta, all without a cage, and Great Whites in South Australia, plus wreck diving in Palau and former nuclear test sites in the Monte Bello Islands and Bikini Atoll.

Andy is currently a Canon Cinema EOS Ambassador and SanDisk Pro Academy Mentor. He is a regular judge for the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards, the SUNSTUDIOS Emerging Photographer Awards (SEPA), The NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit Photographic Awards.




Professional Reference






TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN                                                                            August 8, 2018


I have worked with Andy Taylor for more than a decade, on a wide range of television programs – from countless “60 Minutes” stories to documentaries, commercial projects and on-line productions.


I cannot recommend Andy Taylor highly enough. 


If there is a better cinematographer in Australia, then I am yet to meet that person.


He is fast and accurate, sensitive and ethical. He sees images as they unfold, almost before they happen.

That has to be instinctive, and, in the DNA, it is such a rare talent.


Having spent most of his working life winning awards for non-stop action and high-profile interviews in News & Current Affairs shows, Andy is just as capable of shooting exquisite, moody documentary-style programs or high-end commercial product.


Not only does he shoot beautiful pictures, but - having worked around the world as an ABC bureau cameraman – Andy Taylor automatically gives editors what they need. Knowing how to produce and direct a story, as well as being able to shoot it so perfectly, is what makes him so exceptional.


Andy Taylor is always fun to work with, no matter how urgent and stressed the shoot may be. It is clear that he likes people and mixes comfortably with everybody. He also knows how to bring out the best in on-screen talent, not only professionals. Because he is highly intelligent, worldly and easy- going he puts people at ease. These are all great assets.


If you are after the best pictures, innovation and an easy shoot I can highly recommend Andy Taylor ACS. Do yourself a favour.


Ray Martin



Training - Education - Accreditations


  • Advanced Certificate in Film & TV Production - NSW TAFE.

  • Remote Pilots Certificate – Multi-Rotor <7Kg – RPAS Training & Solutions.

  • Arri Academy - Certified Online Training for Large-Format Camera Systems.

  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training - ABC.

  • Lighting Master Class – AFTRS (Russell Boyd, Dean Semler and Peter James).

  • Studio Lighting – AFTRS short course.

  • Advanced First Aid - St John Ambulance.

  • Battlefield Survival, Hostile Environment and First Aid - British Army & AKE.

  • Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Warfare course - Australian Army.

  • Hostile Environment Awareness Training – Dynamiq Global.

  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) - Westpac Rescue.

  • Rural Fire Service Bushfire Training 2018 - NSW RFS.

  • Work Safely at Heights - Pinnancle Safety & Training.

  • Performance Management – ABC.

  • Working with Children Check – Service NSW.

  • HSC - St Josephs College Hunters Hill (82).

  • Boat License - Service NSW.




Andy is triple vaccinated for Covid 19.



Phone: +61 412 481144