Sheffield photographer’s delight at nomination for top award

A Sheffield-based wildlife photographer has spoken of her ‘delight’ at being shortlisted for a prestigious photography award.

By Rochelle Barrand
Thursday, 9th January 2020, 12:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 12:41 pm
Sheffield -based wildlife photographer Kathryn Cooper
Sheffield -based wildlife photographer Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper took a photo of of a starling murmuration, called Follow the Leader, which has made it on to the shortlist in the Birdlife category of the British Photography Awards.

She said: “I've always loved the natural world, fell in love with Africa, then discovered the wildlife on my doorstep. I have to spend time outdoors, whether it's taking pictures, hiking, biking, kayaking or climbing.

“I am delighted to have just been shortlisted. The image was taken at our very own RSPB Old Moor, Dearne Valley.

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“The image shows a small group of starlings lead the way as the entire flock surges overhead. I love the process of researching, locating and studying an animal; spending time with them until I'm allowed into their world. Many of my subjects are local to Sheffield and the Peak District so I will often visit the same individual many times over a season or even years so that I get to know their habits.

“I visited the RSPB Old Moor several times during the winter of 2018/19 to capture the fluid motion of the starlings. Visitors are lucky enough to be able to stand directly underneath the starlings' flight path and the noise of so many birds moving as one is phenomenal.”

The British Photography Awards aim to celebrate photographic talent from British, and British-based photographers.

It is independently judged by some of the most respected names in British photography. They operate a non-profit model, with money going to a selection of charities. Kathryn’s image is in support of Shelter.

She said: “I chose to support Shelter with my entries because there's nothing more important than having a home - somewhere you can feel safe. Homelessness is a very visible problem in Sheffield.”

Kathryn will find out if she has won the accolade at an award’s ceremony on February 4.

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