The BWPA 2014 judging panel
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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.
Digital Assets Manager, AA
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
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
Mark lives in Cambridgeshire where he is currently enjoying transforming his new garden
into a wildlife haven.
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.
Head of Living Landscape, The Wildlife
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.