Chile based mountain filmmaker and photographer, shooting remote and technical athlete photography from Patagonia peaks to scientific expeditions in the high Central Andes to bike commercials in the Atacama Desert, since 2014.

Matt Maynard is a British adventure film-maker, photographer, internationally published writer, mountain leader, competitive ultra runner and MSc climate change scientist. Since 2014 he has been based permanently in the central Andes mountains above Santiago, Chile. Matt´s work uses immersive documentary-style storytelling to create still and moving images  for remote expeditions, commercial clients, scientists, publishing houses and events.  His work has been regularly published by Geographical magazine, Outside, BBC, the Guardian amongst others. Some of his commercial clients include Patagonia, Adidas, Garmin, Specialized and Rab. In 2020 he directed and filmed the adventure film Wala on Isla Navarino, the world’s southerly most inhabited island. In 2022 Wala was selected as part of BANFF world tour and in 2023 it continues to be screened at adventure film festivals around the globe. Matt is also the joint-founder and Head of Sustainability at Earth Rise Productions.


2024 Transformer. A adventure film festival short about first experiences in the mountains.
2023 El Despertar del Río – A three-part environmental audiovisual project in association with clothing company Patagonia
2022 Led media production and filming on 6893m Ojos del Salado
2022 Directed and Edited Wala / BANFF World Tour adventure doc. from Isla Navarino
2022 Iceberg Hustlers / Geographical magazine
2022 Rewilding Huemul / the Guardian
2021 Fodor´s Travel, Essential Chile (the north)
2021 Global South Solutions / 4000 words for Geographical COP26 special edition
2021 MSc reforestry research in indigenous Pehuenche community / Edinburgh University 
2020 Revealed Swiss Norm error and glacier impact of $3bn Los Bronces project / DeSmog
2020 The biggest conservation story in Chilean history #QueremosParque / Patagonia 
2020 5 weeks filming on Navarino Island / films to come for Chilean government
2019 Co-founded Earth Rise Productions; a production company for the planet
2019 Star Dust Expedition / Red Bull, Rab and  Geographical
2018 Juliana vs US climate change trial / Cover story Geographical
2018 Greater Patagonian Trail Project/ Geographical + Outside
2017 Led 6108m Marmolejo snow sampling exped. /Geographical
2017 Darién Gap post fall of FARC / Geographical
2017 Running with wolves and rewilding research in Sweden /BBC
2017 Air Pollution and cycling research with KCL / self published
2016 How to hike the Grand Canyon / GSaveuardian
2016 Easter Island volcano sledging /BBC +Tau’a Triathlon /Guardian 
2015 Air pollution research, 31,000m vertical run /Like the Wind


2017-2021 MSc with distinction. Carbon Management (Climate Change), Edinburgh University 
2014 Mountain Leader and wilderness first aid qualified
2008-2009 PGCE Teaching Training English and Outdoor Activities
2004-2007 BA (Hons) English Literature, York UK
2006 SPA. Rock climbing instructor. 
2004 CASI1. Snowboard instructor


2023 Fastpacking the Bob Graham Round / OMM
2022 2:49:04 Marathon PB. Santiago, Chile
2020 Led successful expedition to make first ascent of Cerro Barco
2020 First attempt on the Andes Azul Round
2019 Led British expedition to find 1947 Star Dust crash site on 6570m Cerro Tupungato
2018 1st place Gran Traversía de los Valles Ultra-Trail, Chile
2017 Led successful scientific snow-sampling British expedition to 6108m Marmolejo
2016 Araucanía 450km bikepacking expedition, Chile
2015 Tandem cycled the Atacama Desert /Outdoor Fitness
2015 Ultra Fiord 114km ultramarathon, Patagonia /Outdoor Fitness
2014 Solo MTB on Great Divide, Banff to Yellowstone /Outdoor Fitness
2014 8th place at British Ultra Running Championships
2014 1:14:04 Half Marathon PB, Bath UK
2013 Cycled from Bath UK to Slovenia
2011 – 2012 Cycled 5000miles from Patagonia to Paraguay
2009 Onsight climbed The Butcher (E3), Bloody Sunday (E4) + Star Wars (E4) in 24hrs
2008 Bouldering expedition to Hampi and Indian Himalayas
2007 Climbed Jebel Toubkal, highest mountain in N.Africa
2006 Climbed Mont Blanc, highest mountain in Europe
2004 Won the Raleigh International Mountain Marathon with 18-y/o team mates
2003 Ran the Raleigh International Mountain Marathon with 17-y/o team mates

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