On a safari in South Africa aged 6, I took my first wildlife photos and discovered it was the only way to really keep my memories alive for longer. I started with bigger animals like elephants so it was easier to focus. The camera felt really heavy, but other people showed me how to rest it on the side of the land rover. One of those photos, of a baby elephant between its parents legs helped me win my first camera (an Olympus Tough) in the young RSPCA photographer of the year in 2009. I haven’t stopped since.
My favourite subject is wildlife photography and if I can combine that with travel then its perfect. I am currently 15 years old.
Competitions and prizes:
2008: 1st place in young digital photographer of the year with the photo ‘flying boy'
2008: finalist in young garden photographer of the year at Kew Gardens with 'my brother loves snails'.
2009: 2nd place in the RSPCA young wildlife photographer of the year, under 12s, with 'peekaboo'
2009: second place in young digital photographer of the year with ‘shark attack’ a picture of an inflatable shark and mum's feet.
2010: runner up in the under 10’s category for young wildlife photographer of the year at the Natural History museum with photo ‘supertoad’ of a toad jumping in my back garden
2014: practical photography magazine young digital photographer of the year. Winner of portrait section with ‘breathe’ – a picture of my brother taken underwater.
2014: winner of WILD 1 photojournalist award for wildlife photographer of the year where I had to submit 6 photos taken on an Iphone, make a wildlife movie and write a piece of writing on my chosen theme of trees at the natural history museum and finalist in 11-15 category for young photographer of year with my photo 'green dragon'.
It was definitely the best night of my life. I was chosen to have a special audience with the Duchess of Cambridge, who was really easy to chat to and likes taking photos of animals and I got my prize on stage with David Attenborough. I also sat next to Nettie, the Iphone photographer of the year at the dinner and she gave me lots of tips.
Part of the prize was a day with top wildlife photographers and hands on skills sessions in back sections of the natural history museum that no one normally sees. I met Darwin’s tortoise.
I also got to be interviewed for Newsround and French and German TV, and loved the opportunity to talk to the all the adult top photographers.
2014 RSPCA winner of under 12 young photographer of the year for 'surprise'. Presented at the Tower of London by Chris Packham.I also had a commended image 'eye of the dragon' in this category.
2014: Runner up in under 14 Young Travel photographer of the year, with a portfolio of images taken on the beach in Suffolk
2015: Winner of 11-14 young food photographer of the year - Pink lady food photography competition with my photo of a fig on an old tin tray.
2015: Finalist in young travel photographer of the year. Two portfolios shot in Belize.
2015: category and overall winner of RSPCA photographer of the year 2015 for 'beak'. Presented at the Tower of London by Chris Packham.
2016: Winner of young garden photographer of the year for 'housing estate' - Exhibition Kew Gardens
2017: shortlisted for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natural History Museum