Andrew Benfield

Documentary / Filmmaker

  • He was absolutely excellent, getting simply amazing footage and showing both creativity and dedication in his work. He was always proactive, reliable, hard working, and - importantly for such a long assignment - great company and fun to be with.

    I worked with Anuj for an entire month, travelling in the Everest and Mustang regions of Nepal, with him acting as cameraman for the documentary I was shooting. He was absolutely excellent, getting simply amazing footage and showing both creativity and dedication in his work. He was always proactive, reliable, hard working, and – importantly for such a long assignment – great company and fun to be with. Highly recommended!

    Beatrice Lessi

    Trail Runner + Blogger

    Ask the Monsters

  • He went knee deep in freezing glacial water and ice just to get a good shot. He walked with 30 kg of equipment on his shoulders every day for 12 hours, at 3000 to 5000m elevations. A great professional with top notch skills and equipment, but above all a lovely, trustable person.

    Anuj always goes the extra mile. No wonder he’s the head photographer.

    When I was told he was the head photographer at the Everest Marathon 2018, I immediately understood why.

    He walked with 30 kg of equipment on his shoulders every day for 12 hours, at 3000 to 5000m elevations, while we runners were struggling just to walk with a small backpack and had regular breaks.

    He always made sure to listen to each one of us and took every shot we asked for (which isn’t always the case during sport events! Normally photographers ignore people’s personal requests).

    He reacted very quickly and went knee deep in freezing glacial water and ice just to get a good shot.

    He never fell into a routine and always tried new shots/equipment/videos/styles.

    He knew everybody in the group and quickly became known and appreciated by everybody.

    His photos are technically perfect but always very creative too.

    In 3 weeks I spent with him, I never heard him complain or saw him in a bad mood.

    To summarize: a great professional with top notch skills and equipment, but above all a lovely, trustable person.

    I would recommend Anuj to anybody and would hire him any time.

    Sitara Grewal

    Trail Runner

    Mountain Biker

  • He has a skill for extracting a cohesive story out of seemingly random pieces of footage, and a great eye for editing right timings. More recently, I watched him transition from behind the camera to behind the scenes of the fantastic Snail Trail Series, a trail race in Kathmandu.

    Anuj helped a friend and I create an audition tape for an adventure show, which meant shooting action footage and interviews, compiling photos and editing the video. We approached him without any plan other than a couple of themes we wanted to highlight. He listened to our half-baked idea, and suggested a location and time to go out and shoot some footage. Thanks to his vision and sense of humor, we ended up with some fantastic drone and camera footage, and had a blast while filming it.

    During the editing process, Anuj is attentive to input and quick to understand what you want out of the project, while still providing his own suggestions and creative touches. He has a skill for extracting a cohesive story out of seemingly random pieces of footage, and a great eye for editing right timings. On a personal level, working with him will surely involve many laughs, and his output is sure to be enhanced by beers and momos. I’d definitely recommend him for any photo or video project.

    I first met Anuj in his role as a sports photographer at many bike and trail races in Nepal. More recently, I watched him transition from behind the camera to behind the scenes of the fantastic Snail Trail Series, a trail race in Kathmandu. As a participant in many of the races, I saw the process and execution steadily improve, including technical aspects such as timekeeping, printing of attractive race numbers, and provision of race information through a great website and creative social media posts. Having attended many races in Nepal over the years, the Series organized by Anuj and team has been by far the smoothest, professionally run one I’ve participated in, from process of registration and check in straight through to prize giving and results.

    Irfan Khan

    Photographer

    Himalayan Creatives

  • Anuj does everything it takes to finish a task he takes responsibility of, and he does it as perfectly as possible.

    Anuj does everything it takes to finish a task he takes responsibility of, and he does it as perfectly as possible. No wonder his photographs, videos and articles get featured on several renowned media outlets. Besides his skills in multimedia, websites Anuj creates are visually appealing. In fact every section looks like professionally designed poster. It’s no brainer that he has a strong grasp of visual arts and story matter, and can easily function as a one-man army.

    Tayte Pollmann

    Nike Runner + Writer

    Tayte on Trails

  • Anuj is one of the best photographers / videographers that I’ve worked with in the trail running community. He’s willing to put in the extra effort to find the best shooting locations. He knows how to capture the setting and mood of his subjects and has a talent for always getting the best shots.

    Anuj is one of the best photographers/videographers that I’ve worked with in the trail running community. He’s willing to put in the extra effort to find the best shooting locations, even if that means hiking for hours through tough terrain or going to the most remote sections of the course. He knows how to capture the setting and mood of his subjects and has a talent for always getting the best shots.

    Anuj is everything I was looking for in a website designer. He was able to help me develop a personal website for my business that is even better than I ever could have imagined. He helped me brainstorm through my ideas and we worked together every step of the way. He listened to my feedback and created all the features in the site I’d hoped for, while also adding his own creative insights. I’d definitely recommend Anuj if you need to design/redesign/manage your website.

    Jill Wheatley

    Mountain Runner + Blogger

    Mountains of My Mind

  • Anuj communicates efficiently; his initiative and work ethics are exemplary. He welcomes my questions, is open to learning and will do all that is necessary to find a solution. I highly recommend Anuj if you are looking for a motivated, reliable professional.

    Knowing I was struggling with the state of my website and unsure of which direction to take it, Anuj willingly took it upon himself to provide feedback and recommendations. Based on his thoughtful insight, professional approach and portfolio, the only path to moving my website ahead was to have Anuj take the lead.

    Anuj communicates efficiently; his initiative and work ethics are exemplary. He readily provides options for my consideration while at the same time is proactive. He welcomes my questions, is open to learning and will do all that is necessary to find a solution. Anuj’s enthusiasm and quality of his work have given my website new life.

    In addition, as a trail runner I have been involved with Anuj in other capacities including Manaslu Mountain Stage Race and the monthly Kathmandu Trail Series. His work ethic is evidently applied across all capacities in which he commits himself. I highly recommend Anuj if you are looking for a motivated, reliable professional.

    I welcome the opportunity to speak further about my experience with and recommendation for Anuj.

    With sincerity,
    Jill

    Sanjit Bhakta Pradhananga

    Former Editor

    The Kathmandu Post

  • I can think of few freelancers who have been as dependable as Anuj was, or whose work I have enjoyed reading and developing more. His gaze is never intrusive and his tales, though fantastic, is never essentializing. Anuj’s work is always authentic, witty and incisive.

    I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Anuj during my time at ECS Nepal and The Kathmandu Post where we commissioned a variety of work from him including photo essays, travelogues and feature stories. Whatever Anuj was assigned, or he pitched himself, he delivered with finesse — a rarity for freelancers in Kathmandu’s mediascape. I can think of few freelancers who have been as dependable as Anuj was, or whose work I have enjoyed reading and developing more.

    Given the breadth of his experiences travelling locally — and among locals — Anuj’s writing is imbued with a grounded sensibility that is all too rare for writers writing about Nepal. His gaze is never intrusive and his tales, though fantastic, is never essentializing. Whether he writes about trail runners in alpine boondocks up north or about hole-in-the-wall drinking holes in Kathmandu’s underbelly, Anuj’s work is always authentic, witty and incisive (and on time!) — a dream for any editor.

    Lizzy Hawker

    Race Director

    Ultra Tour Monte Rosa

  • Always working with initiative and a sense of humour Anuj captured some of the unique features of our Ultra Tour Monte Rosa. The result was a great set of photos we could share on social media to give our community a new insight and to excite them about the race.

    Always working with initiative and a sense of humour Anuj captured some of the unique features of our Ultra Tour Monte Rosa. The result was a great set of photos we could share on social media to give our community a new insight and to excite them about the race. Thanks for all your work Anuj!

    Jamie Ross Mackenzie

    Mountain Runner

    Everest Mailrun

  • Anuj is without doubt one of the best photographers I know. He sees the best in nature, can frame a subject in any landscape, and also capture an emotion in those more human moments. He has the professionalism, the skills, and an enthusiasm for photography that is infectious...

    I worked with Anuj in 2016 and 2017 on a record FKT trail running attempt from Everest to Kathmandu in Nepal, called the Everest Mailrun.

    Anuj is without doubt one of the best photographers I know.

    He has the professionalism, the skills, and an enthusiasm for photography that is infectious… seeing him in action actually spurred me on to run faster!

    He sees the best in nature, can frame a subject in any landscape, and also capture an emotion in those more human moments (I’m always slightly envious of photographers who can do that).

    But the pictures Anuj takes are more eloquent than my words.

    Richard Bull

    Race Director

    Trail Running Nepal

  • His photos are great – magazine quality. You get a great selection, good for magazine covers, center spreads and for general posting on Facebook etc. He will work all night to get a job done on time. Not many people do this.

    I’ve hired Anuj for I think six assignments so far, so feel qualified to comment on his work and working style. Naturally I am very happy. I have signed him up for five pending assignments too, for the following reasons:

    His photos are great – magazine quality. You get a great selection, good for magazine covers, center spreads and for general posting on Facebook etc. He takes time out to make “fakies” picking photogenic runners taking them to key locations, to get the mega shot, if available, that gets picked up by photo editors.

    The runners are happy to see themselves in such well laid out pictures. This year all of the runners signing up for the race are signing up for a photo package add-on, so we cover the cost of Anuj’s shoot time & edit time, plus assistant.

    He puts in big effort when out on the course. For the races in Nepal he also has to walk the route every day (we have no roads) carrying up to 25 kg of equipment. The course is 170 km with 12,000+/- and at altitudes of 3500-5000m.

    He will work all night to get a job done on time. Not many people do this.

    He’s also good with video, interviews and drone filming, so we’re getting valuable, sharable clips for facebook etc. Obviously a choice has to be made between photos and video, but his capability is there.

    He’s still young and hungry, and has the energy, motivation and skills to do a great job.

    If you wish to verify any of my comments, please don’t hesitate to call me on UK number +44 7943 883234 or reach me on WhatsApp on +9779803830880 or email to richardpbull@gmail.com

    Sarah Levine

    Co-Founder

    Himalayan Outdoor Center

  • He is highly motivated, extraordinarily talented multimedia developer, who is dedicated to the completion of his assignments beyond expectations. He has a firm grasp of what it means to be one of the best in the region. Anuj's expert knowledge of visuals coupled with his desire for perfectionism makes his skills something I wholeheartedly endorse.

    The Himalayan Outdoor Center is a watershed expedition social enterprise, seeking to deliver the best trips; leaves no unnecessary harm to our wild world; and use business to encourage and invigorate local and global communities to be more involved in solving our environmental crisis. We contribute a substantial amount of all expedition sales to the conservation of freshwater biodiversity in partnership with the WILD Foundation’s Project Coalition WILD. As a social enterprise, we choose to employ and partner with professionals that share a similar set of values and level of integrity with our organization.

    As one of HOC’s founding members, I have collaborated and depended greatly on Anuj Adhikary’s skills in photography and videography several times. On each occasion he has proven to be an invaluable partner, ensuring the smooth and successful implementation of our team’s working approach. Anuj is a highly motivated, extraordinarily talented multimedia developer, who is dedicated to the completion of his assignments beyond expectations.

    As a chosen and featured photographer and videographer in numerous outdoor events/settings and the mastermind behind visual branding of several companies, Anuj has a firm grasp of what it means to be one of the best in the region. His level of efficiency, keen eye for detail and professionalism has many sought after his strong skillsets. Anuj’s expert knowledge of visuals coupled with his desire for perfectionism makes his skills something I wholeheartedly endorse.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information. Lev.sarah1@gmail.com +1.404.500.8776

    Jagan Timilsina

    Founding Director

    Freedom Adventures

  • He is a very hard working, multi-skilled and humble person, and is focused on making the best out of the moment. His love for mountains, culture, people and a simple life is evident, which is what makes him a great travel companion.

    I met Anuj in 2015 during wilderness first responder training, and have since ventured on several adventure trips and social works together. He is a very hard working, multi-skilled and humble person, and is focused on making the best out of the moment. He is always looking to explore the outdoors and polish his skills in outdoor photography and writing. His love for mountains, culture, people and a simple life is evident, which is what makes him a great travel companion. On all the adventures we’ve been on, I’ve always been able to learn much from him, and it’s certainly great that he is willing to share his knowledge and skills with everyone.

    I am always eager to work with him because of his professionalism, ethics and determination. He also developed websites and contributed photograph and text for Freedom Adventures, a trekking company I run in Nepal, along with its social wing Freedom Foundation. The material is easily to international levels, which has really helped to grow my business.

    Akriti Shilpakar

    Former Editor

    Fr!day Magazine

  • Anuj is an exceptionally gifted writer and a meticulous editor. His wit and quirkiness seep into his writing, making any piece such a delight to read. I find his work experiential and immersive and wish he would write more.

    I have had the opportunity to work with him closely in a team and as a freelancer, and he has never failed to deliver high-quality work. As a copyeditor, he has a keen eye for errors but will go above and beyond to intervene on subpar work and fine-tune it to make it more engaging and readable.

    Anuj is an exceptionally gifted writer and a meticulous editor. His wit and quirkiness seep into his writing, making any piece such a delight to read. I find his work experiential and immersive and wish he would write more. If anyone is looking for a skilled writer or copyeditor, I highly recommend him. You won’t be disappointed.

    Also, if you can take it, his blunt honesty is admirable, and if you ever need a drinking buddy, he will break a curfew to be there.

    Shikhar Pande

    Event Organizer

    Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

  • Anuj is the best in town at what he does. He specializes in outdoor photography and videography, and is especially brilliant in outdoor sports events. He goes the extra mile for awesome shots which makes all the difference.

    Anuj is the best in town at what he does. He specializes in outdoor photography and videography, and is especially brilliant in outdoor sports events. He goes the extra mile for awesome shots which makes all the difference. You will be very happy and satisfied with his services.

    Asif Aminur Rahsid

    Photographer

    Freelance

  • His photos portray vivid and fierce emotions of faces ranging from mountain bikers to mountaineers to travellers to wrinkly old ladies. I've seen him gaining respect and love from everyone effortlessly with his hard work, professionalism and dedication.

    Anuj is a brilliant adventure photographer. His photos portray vivid and fierce emotions of faces ranging from mountain bikers to mountaineers to travellers to wrinkly old ladies. His photos instantly take you to the exact place in that moment and place you in awe. I had an opportunity to work with him. I’ve seen him gaining respect and love from everyone effortlessly with his hard work, professionalism and dedication.

    His ambition drives him to take breathtaking shots up in the mountains in cold winter nights, organize trail running events in the heart of the Himalayas and build a franchise of a mountain biking races. Definitely one of the best adventure and lifestyle photographers in this region.

    Caron Dhoju

    Founder

    Nagarkot Outdoors

  • Anuj is incredibly attentive to details, has a professional approach to work and strives consistently for progress. His skills in photography, video, web development and content writing are absolutely impressive.

    Anuj is incredibly attentive to details, has a professional approach to work and strives consistently for progress. He meticulously guided me through planning and implementation of my project brand Nagarkot Outdoors, and easily outdid my expectations. His skills in photography, video, web development and content writing are absolutely impressive. It’s evident he goes above and beyond to get things done on time, with no compromise on the quality of the work. It has been delightful working with him and I definitely recommend him for any branding work.