I was extremely pleased to have been awarded Winner in the Botanical Britain category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013. The image, titled “In the shadow of Giants” is of a tiny mushroom called a Saffrondrop bonnet overshadowed by enormous beech trees. I took the image in King’s Wood, near Challock, Kent, last November where I spent a week shooting autumn colour and fungi. As the days passed I became increasingly fascinated by the symbiotic relationship between the miniature and the gigantic and, with this in mind, I strove to illustrate this as best I could.
Following the announcement, I was contacted by BBC News South East to do short piece on how I captured the image and my work. Both the interviewer (Ellie) and cameraman (Kieran) did a fantastic job, not least in making me feel (quite!) relaxed infront of camera.
BBC The One Show
In March 2010, I was approached by BBC1's The One Show to assist presenter, Jamie Crawford, in successfully photographing hares. Our first day was spent at Harlow Greyhound Racetrack, Essex, where I showed Jamie how to photograph the lure as it sped past. This was to get his "eye" in before the big day, the day after, where he would be photographing (hopefully!) the real thing. After filming, on the first day, I left to give a talk at Folkestone Camera Club some 85 miles away, after which I headed up to Royston, Cambridgeshire (115 miles), for a 3.30am start to find and photograph the hares. We awoke to dense fog and seeing them, let alone photographing them, was hopeless! We waited till it cleared and, after positioning Jamie, myself, sound recordist and cameraman against a hedge, we waited.....