Wild Film and Photography Academy to Launch in Gloucestershire

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Pupil photographing marbled white (c) Iain GreenPupil photographing marbled white (c) Iain Green

Do you aspire to be the next David Attenborough or BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year?

In April 2017 Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will launch the Wild Film and Photography Academy at Greystones Farm Nature Reserve in Bourton-on-the-Water, offering budding artists the chance to discover and advance their skills.
Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, courses in wildlife film and photography will be made available to local university and school students, volunteers and members of the public.

A series of five courses will take place between April and October, with varying activities: film-making, photography for beginners, photography for the more experienced, photography for schools, and smartphone and compact camera photography.

The subject matter will, of course, be the rich wildlife of Greystones Farm and we can’t wait to see what our students produce over the course of the project

“The subject matter will, of course, be the rich wildlife of Greystones Farm and we can’t wait to see what our students produce over the course of the project. They’ll be documenting the lives of various species and habitats; hopefully giving us a never-before-seen glimpse into the private life of the reserve” said Will Masefield, GWT Cotswold Community Wildlife Officer.

The films and photographs produced will be shared across social media and showcased at a Wild Film Festival in spring of 2018. They’ll then be exhibited publicly in the new Greystones Farm Discovery Centre, upon its completion later this year. 

Professional photographer and Academy tutor Iain Green of Wildlife Wonder specialises in engaging school children with the nature on their doorstep - using cameras to explore the natural world and discovering their own creativity. “I’m delighted to be working with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust on such an inspiring project, in such a beautiful setting. It’s a brilliant opportunity to show people how to use photography to explore and enjoy the natural world – be it with professional equipment, compact camera or a smartphone, it’s incredible what it will open your eyes to.” said Iain Green of Wildlife Wonder: tutor for the Wild Film and Photography Academy.

David Broadbent

Innovative wildlife photographer David Broadbent will lead the Wildlife Photography for Experienced Photographers course. He said: "It's really great to be a part of this innovative project and to be able to help a whole new group of people to share a passion for photography and nature at such a wonderful location. The Trust, so often at the heart of Gloucestershire wildlife protection and nurturing, has come up with a great idea and Greystones is a great reserve to host this project. I can't wait to get going."

Award-winning BBC cameraman Graham Hatherley will head up the Wildlife Film-Making course. On being part of the project he said: “The challenges and thrills of filming British wildlife are now available to everyone thanks to affordable technology. Whether filming elusive or confiding species, spending hours capturing these images teaches us more each time about the creatures we share our landscape with and why we ultimately depend on them as much as they depend on us. The more people pick up cameras and document the wildlife around us the more we will appreciate it. So I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the Wild Film and Photography Academy 2017.” 

Graham Hatherley

Courses will involve project development and technical training, while post-production work for the film-making elements will be undertaken by students at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus in Cheltenham.

To register your interest email will.masefield@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk.