BBC Countryfile Photo Competition - Long List Judging July 2014. This was the day that eight of us previous winners gathered to pore over 32,000 photos entered under the title 'Animal Magic'. Our task was to select 3,000 for the celebrity judges, John Craven, Bill Bailey and Charlotte Uhlenbroek, who would choose the final 12 for the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2015. In 2014 it raised £1.4m for BBC Children in Need.
This is the story of our judging day at Sheepdrove Farm Conference Centre and how the filming takes place. You can also read my story at:
A slideshow of my visit to Birmingham, UK, to help with Long List Judging of the BBC Countryfile Photo Competition 2011. Eight of us past winners selected 3,600 photos from 55,000. John Craven, Chris Pakham and Janet Street-Porter were the final judges. I stayed at the Mailbox, the judging took place at the MAC Arts Centre and the day after I showed two other judges around the town and photographed everywhere I went. I call it a photo safari as I am spotting shots wherever I go to tell the story.
I happened to be in London on 12 November 2011 and thought I would go to see the Occupy encampment outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
It was a protest against the bankers and London Stock Exchange.
I was impressed by the civilised, good humoured, non-violent protest and the small scale of the humble tents surrounding the splendidness of the Cathedral. The protest should have been outside the Stock Exchange but the land was blocked off.
By chance Leatherat were there and sang their new protest song "We're all in this together' which can be purchased from ITunes.