AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Whilst the real pleasure is getting up close and personal with WILDlife at Home and in far flung places around the world, it's also fun to enter some of your favourite shots in competitions with other photographers. I'm proud of the occasional recognition that my work has received: here's a few shots that have done quite well, sometimes in extremely exalted company.
BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Featured in book of the competition
My first really big piece of recognition, came with the news that my shortlisted entry to one of the largest UK wildlife photography competitions was to be included in the book published each year to celebrate category winners and other admired works. Whilst gaining entry in the latter rather than the former category, it was the first time that I saw my work standing shoulder to with some of the very best photographers work. What a thrill!
BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Further recognition came in 2018, when my shot of this charismatic Little Owl, was shortlisted by some distinguished judges and alongside some huge photography names.
Social media story cover shot
More recognition for wildlife photography taken at home came in 2020 when the social media team at BBC Springwatch team used my photo of a frog in our garden pond as the cover pic for their story on garden ponds, with tens of thousands of clicks, likes etc on Facebook and Instagram turning 'Frog at Harris Acres' into a social media star
TOP 25 ON FLICKR 2019
One of the Top 25 global pics
Flickr is a popular photo sharing platform used by photographers of all kinds, across the world. This photo of a Kingfisher exploding from the icy water on a cold January day was seen over 230k times and was amongst the Top 25 most 'popular' pics in 2019.
COMEDY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
Shortlisted finalist 2019
A wonderful Vegas to SF road trip via the west coast, allowed for amazing close up views of rare Sea Otters in Monterey Bay. This pair looked like they were having a tickle fight, so I entered the shot in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition, which was set up to provide funds for global wildlife conservation. My shortlisted finalist picture made its way into that year's book of the competition , featured on TV programmes in every corner of the world and will be available as a greetings card for Christmas 2020!
WILD PLANET PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE
Monthly feature winner
An online wildlife photography magazine, chose my picture of a Cheetah and her cubs, resting in the brooding dusk of the Masai Mara, as the winner of their monthly feature article picture. I love this picture, as we had tracked Kisaru (named by our Masai guides) and her 6 cubs all afternoon as she unsuccessfully hunted to feed the hungry cubs. We saw her successfully stalk, chase and kill an antelope the following day, but it seems the editors of the magazine liked this shot of her resigned exhaustion the previous evening better .... I think I agree!