BWPA AWARDS

BWPA FRONT COVER IMAGE

Yesterday the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) announced its winners and highly commended images. I’m really proud to announce my image ‘Sunset Hare’ has been chosen as the front cover image of the book I was lucky to also get one Highly Commended image in the competition.

Congratulations to all the awarded photographers in the competition the full results can be found here

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  The Boiler Room | Highly Commended | BWPA Awards 2018 Book and Exhibition - Black & White Category

The Boiler Room| Highly Commended | BWPA Awards 2018 Book and Exhibition - Black & White Category

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2018 - SUCCESS

Nature Photographer of The Year is a Wildlife Photography contest that celebrates the artistry of nature photography from around the globe the competition received more than 10.000 pictures from 55 country’s.

I'm delighted to announce 'Bad Hair' Day' - finished runner-up in the prestigious Nature Photographer of the Year mammals category.

It was a great weekend over in Holland for the Natures Talks festival with some inspiring talks. Thanks again to the jury for selecting my image.

It's been a pretty crazy few months for me on the awards front I promise this is the last one for the year before I had out to Sweden for the Winter.

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The Polar Bear Family - Plastic Pollution

PLASTIC POLLUTION COVERAGE

“Plastic bags are often stamped with an all-caps warning: This bag is not a toy. Unfortunately, polar bear moms don’t have much control over their kids’ playthings.

British wildlife photographer Kevin Morgans recently spotted this polar bear and her boisterous cubs while sailing through Liefdefjorden, a fjord in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. The furry twins played tug-of-war with a black plastic bag, chewing it to bits. For Morgans it was a “bittersweet moment,” with the thrill of observing bears up-close tempered by the ugly intrusion of trash.

Morgan’s sighting was a glimpse into a deepening crisis. Roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic junk wind up in the ocean each year. Much of it, like the plastic bag the cubs had found, is designed to be used just once and thrown away. Plastic is thought to persist for centuries in the environment, breaking down into ever-smaller pieces instead of biodegrading.

These tiny scraps, beads and fibers might pose an even more pernicious threat than the plastic we can easily see, like bags and bottles. Plankton and filter-feeding fish often mistake so-called “microplastics” for food. Once swallowed, plastics can release industrial chemicals into the critters’ bodies. Fat-soluble poisons accumulate with each step up in the food chain, eventually posing grave dangers to long-lived predators like polar bears and orcas.

Scientists are still in the early stages of understanding the full scope of the ocean plastic crisis. But one thing’s for certain: As the Svalbard cubs’ world melts around them, the last thing they need is a sea — and prey — full of trash” Allison Guy - Oceans

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

 

For the second successive year two of my images have been awarded in the Bird Photographer Of The Year competition. Both images were of Canada Geese taken less than 5 minutes from my home.

All the winning images can be viewed HERE

working locally

Working locally is a topic that I am constantly banging on about on my Instagram feed. Yes, I know there is the constant pull of wild and exotic places. But by working locally at the same spot for an extended period you are able to build up a local knowledge of the best spots, learn how the light will fall at any given time of year and perhaps the biggest advantage is living close to the site so you are ready to react as soon as the perfect conditions materialise.

Too many people get caught up in photographing big exotic subjects and ignoring the common subjects on their own patch, yes it's great to have a roaring lion or a brown bear running down the barrel of the lens. But just because it is an impressive subject doesn't equate to it being a great image. I am much happier photographing a Canada goose in beautiful light than a big trophy species in flat light. At the end of the day it's not the subject that matters it's the final image

 
  Dawn Of A New Day  | Commended | Bird Photographer Of The Year 2018

Dawn Of A New Day | Commended | Bird Photographer Of The Year 2018

  The Chosen One  | Commended | Bird Photographer Of The Year 2018

The Chosen One | Commended | Bird Photographer Of The Year 2018