This year’s panel of judges will comprise five people whose passion and work connect them to celebrating the visual world of Suffolk’s wildlife and landscape. Judges will be announced below during the competition period.
Jamie Hall began photography in 2010, quickly building a portfolio of impressive and unique images, resulting him taking up the occupation full time at the end of 2012. Jamie has a reputation of taking shots that are novel in the concept and technique used, and this has gained him numerous awards and recognition from the photography industry (British Wildlife Photography Awards category winners and highly commended images for the last 4 years, BBC Wildlife Magazine Camera Trap competition winner for the last 2 years and the ‘Come and See’ Christmas 2014 advertising campaigns for Canon Europe which were seen across the whole of Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia). Based in Suffolk but hailing from Norfolk, Jamie has extensive field-craft skills stemming from a love of nature at a young age, and uses this knowledge to seek out elusive and shy species in order to get unusual images. Jamie runs different workshops in East Anglia and down to London, but also offers 1:1 tuition throughout the region.
Sarah Groves is Adnams Content Manager. Sarah has always loved wildlife and is fascinated by all things natural and wild. Sarah is almost never seen without a camera of some description. and tells Adnams’ stories through blog posts and printed materials as well as photography shared online and through Adnams’ social media platforms. Living close to several Suffolk Wildlife Trust Reserves, Sarah is surrounded by stunning natural scenery and loves to capture its beauty in her photographs. Sarah is fascinated by our natural environment and loves to be outdoors.
Lee Acaster is an amateur photographer based in East Anglia with a love of nature and the landscape. He is widely published and has won numerous national awards, including British Wildlife Photographer of the Year, AP magazine’s Amateur Photographer of the Year and Wex Photographer of the Year, plus commended and runner up images in Landscape Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year and Outdoor Photographer of the Year.
Steve Aylward is Head of Properties and Projects for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and has been a keen photographer since his 20’s. Many of Steve’s photographs can be found throughout the the Trust’s publications including our reserve book entitled ‘A Living Landscape for Suffolk’ of which Steve is also the author. With a particular interest in landscapes and plant photography, Steve returns to the competition as a judge in its new online format.
Sarah is a senior staff photographer for media group Archant Suffolk working at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star newspapers. She also shoots features regularly for Suffolk magazine.After completing a degree in psychology and art history, she went on to study photography in London. It was here that she co- founded 24photography, a project created by 24 photographers to document the first 24 hours of each New Year for 24 years. Her work has been recognised with multiple awards such as the Times/Tabasco Young Photographer of the Year.