Competition Judges

With over 8,000 images competing for the title last year, here is the judging panel looking to determine the winners of our 2024 competition.

Let’s meet them!

Lara Jackson

Lara jackson

Lara is a conservation biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer whose research has taken her around the world. Whilst she specialises in black rhino feeding ecology, she has also been fortunate enough to study dolphins off the coast of East Africa and mouse lemurs in Madagascar’s dry forests.

She strongly believes that raising awareness and increasing engagement is the key to successful conservation efforts. Lara is determined to use her camera as a voice for the voiceless and continue telling the stories of those who work tirelessly to conserve some of the most endangered species on the planet.

Ben Hall

ben hall

Ben is one of the UK’s leading professional wildlife photographers with multiple international awards to his name.

His work is sold worldwide and he is the author of two wildlife photography books. Ben leads workshops in the UK and further afield, and lives with his family on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

Stephanie Foote

Stephanie Foote

Stephanie Foote is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based in Cambridgeshire, UK. 

Examples of her past projects include photographing the critically important work of rangers on the frontline of wildlife conservation in Kyrgyzstan, documenting endemic species in the Galapagos Archipelago, filming the rescue and rehabilitation of hedgehogs and photographing coral reef restoration in Kenya.

She has worked on projects with the National Geographic Society, the United Nations and various local conservation charities. Alongside her freelance projects, Stephanie works at Fauna & Flora International’s HQ in Cambridge where she manages their photo and video assets.

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic , based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is an award-winning wildlife and nature photographer, tutor, writer, presenter and photo competition judge. His photos have been published in numerous publications both in Australia and internationally, since the year 2000. He has been photographing across Australia (and overseas) for the past 27 years and has loved every minute of it! 

Michael is a Nikon School tutor In Queensland. He is a writer of photographic articles for magazines such as ‘Australian Geographic’, ‘Wildlife Australia, ‘Australian Birdlife’ as well as ‘BBC Wildlife’, and ‘Nature TTL’. Michael has been a regular feature writer for Australia’s highest-selling photography magazine, ‘Australian Photography’, since 2006. He is also one of the speakers at the Birdlife Australia Photography Conference held in Hahndorf, South Australia in March 2024.

Shannon Moran

Shannon Moran

Shannon Moran is an award-winning underwater photographer based in Cornwall, UK. After graduating from Marine and Natural History Photography in 2020, she has continued to photograph the incredible marine life found in our oceans.

Shannon is working on new exciting photography projects in the Red Sea and a publication about the marine environment in Cornwall.

She continues to work closely with local charities, using her images to highlight the importance of healthy seas.

Lana Tannir

Lana Tannir

Lana Tannir is a National Geographic Explorer, science storyteller and internationally-published nature photographer based in Germany.

As a World Animal Protection and Girls Who Click ambassador, she focuses on challenging environments and remote Arctic regions to unveil the last wild places on Earth. Her most recent publications include National Geographic Germany, Terra Mater, Sony Alpha, Female Explorer, Oceanographic Magazine, and Wildlife Photographic.

In 2021, she received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards in the photojournalism category and was named an emerging photographer in landscape photography by National Geographic Germany. She regularly exhibits her work in Germany and the United Kingdom, most recently at photoMÜNCHEN 2019.

Matt Doogue

Matt is an award-winning and internationally published photographer specializing in macro photography. His captivating images have been featured in the UK’s leading photography magazines, published in collaboration with esteemed organizations such as National Geographic, BBC Earth, and Canon.

Matt’s work has garnered recognition and admiration for its ability to showcase the intricate details and hidden beauty of nature’s marvelous creatures.

Will Nicholls

Will is the founder of Nature TTL, and a professional wildlife photographer and television cameraman.

Will has been taking stills images since 2007, securing a number of international awards in the process. Nowadays he works in natural history film, often filming from height in the tree canopy.