Meet the Judges and see their work
Photographer and FUJIFILM UK ambassador
From North East region
Nationally and internationally, birdlife and wildlife in general face tougher challenges than ever before to survive. The medium of photography is a powerful tool in conservation, the visual impact engages minds and can act as a catalyst to bring about positive action and change.
I’m delighted to be part of the judging panel as an official FUJIFILM UK X-Photographer. We’re all acutely aware of how difficult the last 18 months or so have been for everybody and by being involved in ‘what3birds’ I can encourage a wider audience to go outdoors and experience nature, to capture moments and share them visually. It is a great way to inspire others and to help us all appreciate and respect our natural world.
Some of Alan's work:
Alan is a wildlife photographer, writer and workshop leader based in Northumberland. He is also a brand ambassador for FUJIFILM UK – an ‘Official FUJIFILM X Photographer’, and also for specialist camera filter manufacturer, Formatt-Hitech.
He is a strong supporter of wildlife and conservation, internationally and throughout the United Kingdom and is a member and supporter of several conservation organisations.
Freelance Nature Photographer
From South Coast – South East region
When I was asked to join the judging panel (filled with some truly inspiring individuals) and for such an important charity - I jumped at the chance.
If we keep seeing such a huge drop in the number of our songbirds it would be tragic - can you imagine stepping outdoors and not hearing birds singing or waking in the morning to the sounds of cars instead of the dawn chorus?
For me, having time to be able to go outside and be still in the moment, listen to the wonderful ambient sounds of nature & take photos, allows me to relax, recharge and de-stress.
Some of Heather's work:
Heather Fyfe is a self-taught fine art and nature photographer, with a penchant for detailed floral and macro images. Her most beloved images are available as a series of fine art prints, available to purchase via her online store.
I'm not just passionate
about the miracle of life on our planet, but also driven to tell the challenging stories in which our human and natural worlds collide.
Nick is an EMMY-nominated Director, Producer & Creative who specialises in blue-chip science, natural history and conservation films for the likes of Netflix, BBC, PBS, and Discovery. Nick has worked on the ‘Humans’ episode of Sir David Attenborough’s Perfect Planet.
His films have been broadcast in dozens of countries, viewed by millions of people and won a string of international awards. These include two prestigious Wildscreen Panda awards for ‘How to Grow a Planet’ (BBC) in 2012 and a Banff Rockie award for ‘Richard Hammond’s Journey to the Centre of the Planet’, which achieved a stunning 6 million viewers on BBC ONE.
His international project for PBS & BBC ONE, ‘Earth’s Natural Wonders’, involved documenting a never-filmed-before tribe in the depths of the Amazon, self-shooting the tiger-infested mangroves of Bangladesh, and capturing the critically endangered condors of the Grand Canyon.
Constantly captivated by the delicate marvel of life, Nick is fiercely dedicated to pushing the filmic boundaries to help capture the complex, inspirational and important stories that affect us all.
From Essex - East Anglia region
We are always in a rush, but recent events have forced us to slow down. In doing this so many more of us have noticed everything outside of our daily lives, and are now appreciating the nature that surrounds us.
The songbirds that are often taken for granted, and mostly ignored, have now become a focus for natural therapy, a catalyst for feeling good, for feeling alive.
Photographing these songbirds allows for that extra connection, and a sedate rush of adrenalin when engaged in capturing a desired species in a specific way, and there is no need for expensive equipment, as most songbirds are very trusting and therefore it is fairly easy to get close without disturbing them from their daily routine.
The busy antics of a Robin or the song of a Skylark, there is so much to gain from engaging with these wonderful songbirds that surround us, and photographing them is the extra excuse we have to be in their company, and be aware of what we can do to help preserve them.
Some of Tom's work:
Tom’s passion is wildlife photography, which became a passion at an early age: he often attempts to photograph wildlife on the farm. His images are used by GWCT, BTO and BDS, and he has completed many commissions. Tom is gripped by the process of obtaining his images, enjoying the challenges, and being lost in the world of his subjects.
From Kent/East Sussex region
I'm a passionate wildlife photographer. I like to spend as much time as I can in the environment of the animal to get to know and understand their behaviour as well as photographing them.
I believe it's a very healthy, healing experience to be out with nature, it can lift your mood on the darkest days, it's even better to be able
to frame it and take it home with you.
Tony has had work published on the BBC South East News, BBC Facebook and Instagram pages, BBC Springwatch and their Facebook and Instagram pages, the local papers. Also, Fox News (USA), Belgian, Dutch and German television