Born on the Isle of Wight in 1977 Ainsley Bennett grew up with an aptitude for art and spent several years learning the art of watercolour painting, producing many Island and marine scenes from around the Isle of Wight’s coastline. He comes from an artistic family and his uncle Martyn Mackrill is recognised as one of the world’s leading marine artists alive today. Ainsley went on to win landscape painter of the Isle of Wight in 2004. Since December 2012 he has turned his hand to photography which is now his main creative passion, he has had no formal training and is entirely self taught.
Ainsley has a fascination with the night sky and this forms a main part of his photography. The Isle of Wight’s dark skies on its south coasts are ideal for photographing the Milky Way and the constellations, using long exposures and with today’s modern digital cameras these scenes can be captured easily. Along with these types of images Ainsley is still at home taking sunrises and sunsets and general photography from around the Island.
Ainsley use a Nikon DSLR, with various lenses from Nikon and Samyang.
In 2016 Ainsley won the 'skyscapes' category in the Astronomy photographer of the year competition with his image Binary Haze. This is the largest global competition of its kind.