He even tried to make a business out of his horrific crimes by crowd-funding the release of the images.
One of Huckle's pictures with a child - not one he was accused of abusing
He was working on a guide to help paedophiles abuse children and get away with it when he was arrested.
Twenty-three children from poor Christian communities in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur were identified in 71 charges, although a "Pedopoints ledger" Huckle compiled indicated the real number of victims was much higher.
Video:Huckle: Portrait Of A Paedophile
Huckle stood in prayer as he was sentenced by Judge Peter Rook QC.
As he was sent down, a woman in the public gallery at the Old Bailey shouted: "1,000 deaths is too good for you."
The judge told Huckle he had carried out a "campaign of rape" and was consumed by his own sexual gratification.
He said: "You have pleaded guilty to as many as 71 sexual offences.
"It is very rare indeed that a judge has to sentence sexual offending by one person on such a scale as this."
Huckle first visited Malaysia on a teaching gap year when he was 19 and later used an English teaching qualification and his professed Christianity to gain access to dozens of victims in poor communities there.
Video:Huckle Made Paedophile Handbook
He was arrested by National Crime Agency officials who had been tipped off by Australian authorities as he arrived at Gatwick Airport on his way to spend Christmas with his family in 2014.
Investigators managed to recover more than 20,000 indecent images of children from Huckle's computer, even though he refused to give them any passwords.
But they were unable to access some encrypted files, which are believed to contain "numerous" depraved images, as well as the names of a large number of unknown potential victims.
As well as the draft of Huckle's paedophile manual, they found his "Pedopoints ledger" in which he awarded himself marks for acts of depravity with children.
:: You can watch Portrait Of A Paedophile, a special report on the Richard Huckle case by Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt, on Sky News On Demand.