Competition Judges

Our wonderful panel of talented judges had a tough time determining the winner of the 2021 competition. With over 8,000 images entered, the standard was extremely high.

Let’s meet them!

Shannon elizabeth

Shannon was born in Texas where she grew up before eventually moving to Los Angeles, California to establish her successful acting career. She has starred in over 50 films and television shows, including the global hits American Pie, Scary Movie and the newly rebooted Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back.

Shannon continues her acting career, but her primary focus has become helping wild animals in Africa and elsewhere by whatever means necessary. In order to be hands on with her projects and to expand their scope and influence, Shannon moved to Africa in 2016 and now lives in Cape Town.

Through the Shannon Elizabeth Foundation, she works to create video content promoting conservation. In addition, Shannon continues to travel for acting, speaking engagements, and whenever needed to help animals in the hope of making the world an even better place.

Mark Carwardine

Zoologist Mark Carwardine is a widely published wildlife photographer, an award-winning writer, a TV and radio presenter, a best-selling author of more than 50 books, a BBC Wildlife magazine columnist and an outspoken environmentalist.

He presented BBC Radio 4’s weekly programme Nature for many years and is best known for his Last Chance to See books, radio series and TV series with Douglas Adams and Stephen Fry.

He was Chair of the Judging Panel of the prestigious ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ competition for seven years and was selected as one of ‘The World’s 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers’ in Outdoor Photography magazine. He will be presenting and producing the brand new BBC Wildlife Photography Masterclass on YouTube in the new year.

Lizzie Daly

Lizzie Daly is a Welsh biologist and wildlife broadcaster.  She has worked as a presenter on Cbeebies, CBBC, National Geographic, BBC Two, Animal Planet, BBC One Wales, for a BBC Radio Wales series, BBC Earth and the National Geographic YouTube channel.

Lizzie is also very proud to be an academic teaching and outreach fellow at Swansea University, and aims to continue to push boundaries when building the bridge between scientific understanding and reaching wider audiences.

With a lifelong passion to conserve elephants, Lizzie has always had a research interest in elephant behaviour in order to better understand elephant movements across a changing landscape. She is studying her PhD at Swansea University focused on African elephant movements.

She is an ambassador for Orca, the Marine Conservation Society, the Jane Goodall Institute UK, and Norwich Science Festival.

Lizzie Daly Wildlife TV

Sam Rowley

Sam is a wildlife photographer and wildlife filmmaker from the UK. He currently works for the BBC Natural History Unit as a researcher and drone pilot, working on ground-breaking television series.

Sam is best known for his photo of two mice fighting on the London Underground, which gained major international press coverage throughout 2019 and 2020.

Through his photography, Sam strives to find creative angles with wildlife and capture images that stand out from the crowd.

Margot Raggett

Margot is a former PR director turned wildlife photographer, and the driving force behind the Remembering Wildlife series of books.

So far more than 30,000 books have now been sold worldwide, and more than $1,000,000 has been distributed to conservation projects across Africa and Asia.

Nowadays, Margot dedicates most of her time to the book series and speaks passionately about her belief that wildlife photographers should be doing all in their power to protect the species they make their living from photographing.

Ross Hoddinott

Ross is a renowned landscape and wildlife photographer, having been internationally published and secured a string of awards for his work.

Ross leads workshops around the UK, and lives with his family in the south west of England.

Writing for Nature TTL since its inception in 2014, Ross is ready to pore over this year’s entries.


Drew Buckley is a landscape, wildlife, commercial and timelapse photographer from South Wales. He’s the author of four books, and has been featured internationally for his work in many magazines and newspapers. He worked with the BBC Natural History Unit as the time-lapse photographer for two years in A Wild Year : Pembrokeshire.

Over 10 years as a professional, he’s worked on commissions with many national organisations and national parks, and his work has been awarded in various photography competitions. Drew is also an ambassador for LEE Filters.

Drew runs his own landscape and wildlife photography workshops around Pembrokeshire, Wales, including guiding for Dawn 2 Dusk and has been writing for Nature TTL since 2014.

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.