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.
Kyle Moore is a multi-award winning photographer from Suffolk. His interest in the natural world was ignited at a young age and soon developed into his passion for wildlife photography. Over the years he has been able to blend his interests for both photography and the natural world together and forge it into a career, taking him to some of the wildest and untouched locations on Earth – from being in the presence of Europe’s most elusive predators such as Bears and Wolves to sleeping in -30º temperature under natures greatest display; the Aurora Borealis. In late 2017 Kyle established a photographic tour company called BearPhoto which specialises in organising photo tours to some of the most beautiful locations in search of Earths apex predators.
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.
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.
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.
Deborah Key is an Ecology graduate who has been working in environmental education for over 20 years, the last nine of which have been with Suffolk Wildlife Trust. As one of the Trust’s Wild Learning Officers, Deborah enjoys sharing her passion for nature with people of all ages, helping them to appreciate, understand and care for it. As a keen amateur artist, she is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, especially Suffolk’s wildlife and countryside and organises art and craft courses, monthly art sessions and annual art exhibitions at the Trust’s Redgrave and Lopham Fen.
Russell Savory’s journey into the world of wildlife photography has not been the most conventional. I was known as someone who liked photography and was asked if I would photograph the catamarans racing in the Solent. Although I had never done anything like it before, I agreed, absolutely loved it and managed to get some great shots, flying at five hundred feet with the door taken off the aircraft to make way for my lens to hang outside. While I carried on taking photographs as a hobby, eight years ago, my job took me to Essex where I am currently based as the Aerodrome and Ecology Manager at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, UK. The Aerodrome has become a tranquil, idyllic home for many birds and animals. It’s a magical place and somewhere I can combine photography and filming with my other love – wildlife.