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.
Kevin Sawford is a multi-award winning professional wildlife photographer based in the heart of Suffolk. He has run the Trust’s photography workshops for many years with courses now offering a mixture of opportunities across Suffolk’s nature reserves. Kevin has had a passion for the natural world since childhood and was given his first camera when he was 9 years old. He believes everyone can be a good photographer; practice is the key. With the standard of images entered into the competition getting better every year, one piece of advice Kevin suggests is to consider images to make the judges look twice. The subject does not have to be rare – show some interesting behaviour or a unique setting.
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.
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.
Cathy Smith is a Zoology graduate and PGCE holder and has worked in environmental education in Suffolk for over 20 years. As a Learning Officer for the Trust she enjoys inspiring young people to appreciate and understand the natural world. In 2015 Cathy was awarded a Royal Society of Biology Grant to devise and deliver new learning programmes based on Sir David Attenborough’s achievements. Recently she has advised teachers on how to improve their school grounds for wildlife. Having grown up in Suffolk Cathy has a broad interest in the region’s natural history and volunteers for local ecological surveys. She is interested in how photography can reveal wildlife in a new light and to a fresh audience.
Steve Hedges has been a photographer for over 30 years having ventured down various avenues to further his career and develop his portfolio including public relations photography, commercial photography, portraiture, weddings, landscape and nature. He is fully qualified with the Master Photographer’s Association and the Royal Photographic Society. Steve has been shortlisted in the 2011 and 2014 and 2015 Outdoor photographer of the year competitions and in the British Wildlife photographer of the year competition twice. He is currently delighted to be running photography courses at the Flatford Mill Field Centre in Suffolk.