Huw James

Huw James

Astronomer and Photographer

Huw has done talks and shows on 6 continents around the world about science, adventure and more. Working with translators on stage, or by himself, Huw has had audiences of over 200,000 in his public speaking career. He holds a distinction in public speaking from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and has written and performed many shows for the public.

His work with online channels such as HeadSqueeze and VideoJug have seen his videos viewed by over 1 million people. Huw has presented for YouTube for many years as well as for the small screen with shows like SportsLab doing amazingly well on channels like Kix TV. He regularly appears on local radio as science advisor but also for national radio like BBC Wales, having done several pieces including a mini-series on Welsh adventurers.

Huw’s mix of outdoor training, climbing and mountaineering place him in the perfect locations to grab those night time starry sky shots or day time extreme mountaineering shots. He is an experienced mountain leader with seasons in Wales, Scotland and the Alps. A trained climbing instructor and mountain leader, he is 100% efficient in the field.

What makes you a Dark Sky Ambassador?

I spend a fair amount of my time in the outdoor and a lot of that is at night. Some of my favourite times to camp out is in winter when you get amazingly crisp clear nights. The temperatures in winter are obviously a lot lower but the views you get are unbelievable.

I’ve travelled the world seeking dark skies but my favourite place to observe or photograph is pretty much in my own back yard, the Brecon Beacons National Park. I’ve seen Solar and Lunar Eclipses from here, meteor showers and Northern Lights! It’s an amazing place to do Astronomy.

I’ve always had a love for Astronomy and the outdoors!

I’m a Fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Geographical Society. My Degree was in Astronomy and Space Science from the Univaersity of South Wales. I’m now a Dark Skies Ambassador for the Brecon Beacons National Park and teach Science Communication on the Astronomy course at USW

Photos from my Travels