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About the Art: David Tipling

We heard from British Wildlife Photography Awards' photographer David Tipling about his photograph, "Crowded Beach."

Can you tell us the story behind your photo in this exhibition?

I photograph this seal colony regularly throughout the year as it is only a couple of miles from where I live. I am always looking for new angles to illustrate the seals.

I took aerials on a number of occasions over the space of a month.

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What are your favourite scenes, species or motivations behind your photographs?

I specialise largely in birds as that is what I became well known for 25 years ago when I turned professional.

My main motivation for being a professional wildlife photographer is lifestyle, being able to be out in the wilds following my passion for creating artistic pictures of nature rather than simply nicely lit portraits.

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What are the difficulties of wildlife and nature photography that you face?

It is always challenging coming up with new ideas.

The biggest difficulty now is being able to make sensible living because of the competition in the market place. With over supply comes falling fees and a general devaluation in photographs.

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What would you like people to think about when they see your work?

The aim is always to try and make them go, "Wow!"

How long have you been a photographer and how did you get started?

I have been taking pictures of wildlife for 40 years but a pro for 25.

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What would you advise someone wanting to start taking photos of wildlife or nature in their local environment?

Perseverance.

What projects are you working on now or have coming up?

Current project is picture editing and shooting pictures for a book on eagles of the world. My next book a Bird Photographer’s Diaries was published in early December just in time for Christmas.

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    , David Tipling