The BWPA 2015 judging panel

James Brickell

Wildlife filmmaker, BBC Natural History Unit

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.

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. 

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.


Jamie Hall

Wildlife Photographer

Within just four years Jamie has rapidly built an innovative and creative portfolio and is now a full time professional wildlife photographer. His novel approach and technical ability has gained him numerous awards and recognition within the photographic industry. He has been a category winner in the British Wildlife Photography Awards (Urban Wildlife 2013) as well as being highly commended several times in the last 4 years.

Jamie has won the BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera Trap competition in the last 2 years and also been commissioned by Canon for promotional campaigns. His love of nature and extensive field-craft skills developed at a young age. He uses this knowledge to seek out elusive and shy species in order to get unusual images. Based in Suffolk and hailing from Norfolk, Jamie runs a variety of workshops throughout East Anglia and the London area. He also offers 1:1 tuition throughout the region.


David Lloyd

Wildlife Photographer

David Lloyd is an exhibiting wildlife photographer, having won awards for his work which favours a fine art style in both colour and black & white. Originally from New Zealand, he now lives in London but spends up to three months a year in Africa, photographing and leading photo safaris there. David has been awarded twice in the British Wildlife Photographic Awards and is a multiple award winner in both Nature’s Best and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions.

In 2011, his image ‘A Flick of the Tail’ was chosen as the cover of that year's prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolio. His images have been published widely in the press and several photographic monthlies, in both the UK and abroad. David also holds exhibitions of his work, most recently at there Royal Geographic Society in London in 2014. His long awaited debut book AS LONG AS THERE ARE ANIMALS was published in late 2014.


Linda Pitkin

Wildlife Photographer

Linda’s interest in the natural world drew her to a career as a biologist, specializing until 2006 in research on insects at The Natural History Museum in London. But alongside this, for decades, her passion for nature led her to photograph marine life. She approaches this with a biologist's fascination for living organisms, but even more with a photographer's eye for composition and lighting.

Linda started scuba diving in 1979 and joined the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP). She has travelled around the world in search of a wide range of underwater subjects, from immense whale sharks to tiny shrimps, and scenic views of reefs and wrecks. She is an author and photographer of four books and her work has featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and in advertising. She has had exhibitions at venues including the London Zoo (ZSL) and the Natural History Museum. In 2008 she was commissioned to take part in the project Wild Wonders of Europe, and since then was honoured to be one of 20 top wildlife photographers working on 2020VISION.

She has won many awards in national and international competitions and is in the Women Divers Hall of Fame. Linda enjoys giving talks and lectures, and serving on juries for photography competitions, including being a jury member for BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts), for the 2002 Television Craft Awards.


Matt Swaine

Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine

As the editor of BBC Wildlife, Matt is responsible for guiding the UK's best-loved natural history magazine. His working week is dedicated to uncovering the most exciting wildlife research and conservation stories and combining these with the best in wildlife photography from around the world. 

His wildlife travels have taken him whale watching in Southern Australia while working for Lonely Planet, swimming with sharks on Ningaloo Reef for the Telegraph and bird-watching across the UK. Over the last 15 years he has worked for a range of outdoor magazines and has had his photography published in publications such as The Sunday Times Travel magazine, Wanderlust, Songlines, Trail and Guitarist magazine. On BBC Wildlife he has championed the Local Patch Reporters project which allows people to share their wildlife photos, videos and experiences through their website.


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

RSPB Nature's Home magazine Editor-in-Chief

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.