Russell Watkins was born in Cardiff, south Wales, in 1973. He started taking pictures when he was given an Olympus OM10 camera to take on a school trip when he was 13. He gained a BA in Photography from Nottingham Trent University in 1996, and subsequently an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster in 2007. He has been producing and commissioning photography and multimedia for editorial, commercial and public sector clients since 1997.
Since 2008, he has been covering humanitarian emergencies for the Department for International Development, documenting the UK's responses to crises ranging from the 2009 conflict in Sri Lanka and the Haiti earthquake 2010, to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 and most recently the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. He has also spent much of the last 3 years covering the conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis, making repeated visits to Jordan and Lebanon. The images here are from the Pakistan flooding in 2010. One of them was selected as one of the Guardian's Photographs of the Year in 2011. He is currently based in Brighton, England.