The BWPA 2014 judging panel

James Brickell

Wildlife filmmaker

James Brickell is a two-time BAFTA award winning wildlife filmmaker at BBC Natural History Unit. As a zoologist James has been fascinated by nature from a young age. He joined the BBC in 1997 where he has been responsible for many groundbreaking sequences and ‘world firsts’ in his career. His work includes ‘The Really Wild Show’, ‘Wildlife on One’, ‘Life in Cold Blood’, ‘Great Barrier Reef’ and 'Deadly 60'. Most recently he broke new ground in harnessing the public’s own love of nature to help make the BBC1 Series ‘The Great British Year’. He has particular love of the oceans and reptiles, and he heads the NHU's dive team.

Hilary Clothier 

Picture Editor, Countryfile Magazine

Hilary has been working in the publishing industry as a picture editor for 15 years on a variety of quality publications and digital media. These include titles at News International, National Trust Magazine and Countryfile Magazine, all of which demand the highest standards of imagery. Hilary works closely with experts on wildlife and the environment for features and articles published in Countryfile Magazine, sourcing stunning imagery that is key to illustrating the magazine. Hilary also commissions specialist photographers to work to tight briefs and deadlines. The BWPA offers the opportunity to celebrate the talented photographers that capture the natural beauty of the British Isles, as well as educating about the world around us. Hilary is always keen to champion great photographic work and is thrilled to be a judge this year.

Rob Cook

Segment Manager, Canon

Rob is a Segment Manager at Canon UK responsible for the UK’s wildlife and nature photographers.  He works closely with many of the country’s leading professionals enabling Canon to be instrumental in the development of British nature photography, for the benefit of all professionals and amateurs alike. 

He is passionate about landscape photography and Britain's wilderness and whenever possible will be out with his camera. Whilst fortunate to have travelled extensively he maintains a preference for the UK and its more open spaces, with a specific love for Dartmoor, north-west Scotland and the Outer Hebrides. 

Jules Cox

Wildlife Photographer

Jules is a London based wildlife photographer, drawing inspiration from the wildlife of Britain and the arctic wildernesses of the far North. He is a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine, with several cover images to his name. His wildlife images have been published both in the UK and Internationally, appearing widely in books, magazines and the press. Jules' work has been recognised by BWPA on a number of occasions. In 2012 he won the Seasons category with his portfolio of mountain hare images.Jules is represented by several leading natural history photographic libraries, including FLPA, Minden Pictures, the Natural History Museum Image Library and NHPA, now part of Photoshot. His press agents for image syndication are Solent and Rex features. In 2012, he took part in London Wild Bird Watch Live as one of their Wildlife Photography Masterclass leaders. Jules also leads trips for Natures Images and Nature Photography Hides, two of the UK's leading wildlife photography tour and hide operators.

Kate Foreshew

Picture Editor, WWF-UK

Kate worked at Illustrated London News, Associated New Media and National Geographic Digital Motion before joining the team at WWF-UK - where she heads up the photography desk. Always searching for the perfect shot to illustrate WWF’s print portfolio and online campaigns, she commissions photographers to capture inspiring field stories and works closely with photographic agencies and WWF network offices around the world. Her selections are informed by a genuine passion for wildlife photography and a sound understanding of global conservation issues. Kate is thrilled to be part of the BWPA judging panel this year. It’s her chance to select shots that showcase the incredible diversity of British wildlife - and surprise people with the beauty on our doorstep.

Ross Hoddinott

Wildlife Photographer

Ross is one of the UK’s leading outdoor photographers. He is best know for his landscape photography and intimate close-ups of insects and wild flowers. He is also a prolific author, having written 7 books on the art of photography. Ross’s work is represented by NaturePL and the National Trust Picture Library, and he is a multi-award winner in both the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the BWPA competitions – including being overall winner in 2009. He co-runs Dawn 2 Dusk Photography and was also a member of the 2020VISION photo-team – the most ambitious nature photography project ever staged in the UK. Ross is also proud to be an ambassador for Nikon UK

Sophie Stafford

Consultant Editor

Sophie was Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine for over eight years. A trained biologist with a passion for photography, she travelled the globe in search of the best wildlife stories and images for the award-winning magazine and its website. One of the most fulfilling parts of her role was working with the world’s finest photographers, developing new talent and encouraging amateurs, and she was regularly seen speaking at the popular WildPhotos symposium. She judged BBC Wildlife’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for over six years, joined the Nature jury on the World Press Photo Award in Amsterdam in 2011 and 2012, and flew to Moscow to judge the Golden Turtle Competition in 2012.

Last autumn, she spent three months travelling around southern Africa, joining lion researchers in Zambia, canoeing the Okavango Delta and meeting one of the only rhinos to survive being poached, and will be sharing her adventures in forthcoming editions of Wild Travel Magazine. She recently assisted co-judge Mark Ward in launching the RSPB’s new magazine Nature’s Home and is an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. She is delighted to join the BWPA jury this year and looks forward to uncovering exciting, fresh, new images of British wildlife from our talented photographers.

James Tims

Digital Assets Manager, AA Publishing

James has been a travel photographer for over 18 years. Published in books, magazines and websites across 5 continents he has an unfaltering passion for inspirational and emotive photography.

His relationship with AA Publishing as an image maker, buyer, editor and seller spans almost his entire career and at the end of 2012 was promoted to the position of Digital Assets Manager. His responsibilities now encompass design, imaging, proofing, picture library, digital products, and ultimately to provide a strong creative steer for all visual aspects of AA Media’s publishing programme.

Embracing the new technologies, challenges and demands that face the industry in this exciting new era of digital publishing, James is proud to be a part of the BWPA competition.

Mark Ward

Editor, Birds magazine: RSPB

Mark is the Editor of the RSPB’s Birds magazine. He has been writing about birds and nature from a young age - his first feature appeared in Birdwatch magazine when he was 15. Mark has enthused many people about wildlife through his writing in titles including Bird Watching, Natural World and Country Walking; his newspaper columns, and books including “Bird Identification and Fieldcraft: a Birdwatcher’s Guide” published by New Holland.

Mark is a very keen birdwatcher and has seen close to 500 species of birds in the UK. His passion extends to all nature though and his ambition is to see as many species of wildlife in the UK as possible in his lifetime. He has also travelled widely around the world in pursuit of wildlife, from Canada, Brazil and Ecuador to Kenya, India and Australia.

Mark lives in Cambridgeshire where he is currently enjoying transforming his new garden into a wildlife haven.

Steve Watkins

Editor, Outdoor Photography Magazine

Steve is an award-winning travel photographer, and writer and editor of Outdoor Photography Magazine. He has worked closely with the BBC in creating travel programmes and has written BBC books including 'Unforgettable Journeys to Take Before you Die'. Steve has walked on the wild side for twenty years as an adventurer and travel photographer. In the past eight years he has shot 120,000 images in 65 countries.

Paul Wilkinson

Head of Living Landscape, The Wildlife Trusts

As his role indicates, Paul Wilkinson leads on, and supports, the achievement of The Wildlife Trusts' vision to create A Living Landscape, which has the restoration of the natural environment at its heart. Paul's interest in wildlife photography was rekindled through this recovery plan for nature, championed since 2006, to create a resilient and healthy environment rich in wildlife. He is looking for the ultimate shot which captures the inextricable connection between people and the natural environment.

Paul previously worked as the Director of Regional Policy for The Wildlife Trusts in the East of England, during which time he was a member of the East of England Regional Assembly and chaired the region's Biodiversity Forum for six years. Paul is a Member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.