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.
Photographic Content Producer, 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.
Charlie Hamilton James
Photographer, cameraman and film-maker
Charlie specialises in wildlife documentaries, which he makes for the BBC through Halcyon Media LTD, the company he runs with his wife Philippa Forrester. His last BBC series, Halcyon River Diaries, told the story of Charlie and his young family getting to know their wild neighbours on the river outside their house. Other films he has made include Giant otters of the Amazon, The Wild Wood, On the Trail of Tarka, Wye – Voices from the Valley and Heligan - Secrets of the Lost Garden, and he is currently filming vultures for another BBC programme. His passion, however, is still photography (he was twice Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year), which is another way of channelling his obsession with kingfishers and otters - he is currently working as a National Geographic photographer, his most recent article on otters featured in the February issue of the magazine. Charlie also works as a television presenter for shows including Springwatch and The Natural World.
Assistant Producer, BBC Natural History Unit
Felicity grew up in rural Cumbria, and inherited a love of photography and the natural world from her father. After graduating with a Zoology degree in 2004, she worked in Ecuador as a camera assistant, and in New Zealand as a production assistant before moving to Bristol and starting her career with the BBC's Natural History Unit.
Within the BBC she has contributed to the development of new film commissions, worked on Springwatch and Autumnwatch, The Great Rift, and Frozen Planet. She has spent the last 3 years working on the BBC's Africa series as Series Researcher, Field Director and Assistant Producer. Whilst on the project her experiences included being arrested in Sierra Leone, caving to the largest underground lake in the world and facing raging African grassland fires.
Creative Content Manager, Getty Images
Katie Lyons followed her passion for travel & photography and began her career in Asia. Working in the Singapore office of a leading international publishing company, she was the head of photography for twelve publications.
She currently works for Getty Images in London where she manages a team of editors on the creative side of the business. Outside of work Katie enjoys her love for design, travel, food and photography.
Andy is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine and is on the National Geographic Photographers Advisory Board. A multi-award winning wildlife photographer his images have featured in all of the major international wildlife photography competitions including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has also been awarded 8 times in BWPA and was proud to win the Behaviour category in 2011. His images are represented by 9 top international agencies including Getty Images, Corbis and NaturePL and he has just been named the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year for 2012. Andy works exclusively with animals that are wild and free and he'll often spend months, if not years working with one particular subject. He is also one of the most prolific contributors to BBC Wildlife magazine and has completed 7 photo features for them as well as being a proud member of the 2020VISION photo team. Andy has in recent years started leading tours for Northshots, one of the country's leading wildlife photography tour operators.
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.
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.
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 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.