I’m Billy Clapham, a 23 year old nature photographer and filmmaker from rural Lincolnshire. I have always been in love with the natural world, inspired early on by the birds in my garden and seeing wildlife from around the world on TV. Graduating from the University of Sheffield with a First Class degree in Zoology, I earned a Master’s degree studying the behavioural ecology of promiscuity in cooperatively breeding birds. This included a large comparative analysis and an in-depth field study of long-tailed tits.
In 2017, I will be fulfilling one of my dreams by going travelling in South-East Asia and Australia. Including a long stay in the Philippines to do some marine conservation based volunteering and hopefully earn my Dive Master qualification.
Nature photography gives me a connection with the natural world that just watching it never truly did. At the least, photography just gives me more of an excuse to get out and see amazing wildlife and places. But at the most, means I can show others how incredible the natural world is too!
More recently, my camera has been switched firmly to video mode, as I try and expand my filmmaking portfolio.
I hope to combine my passions for capturing nature, science communication and the complexities of the natural world, and move into natural history documentary making. I’m always looking for opportunities for work experience and working with organisations, so if you think I can help you with any camerawork, please drop me a line!
• Nikon D7100
• Nikon 70-300mm VR
• Nikon 10-24mm
• Nikon 18-55mm VR
• Previously: Fujifilm finepix S200EXR, Nikon D3200
Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust-http://www.wildsheffield.com/
While at university I was a voluntary photographer for the local wildlife trust, photographing events, nature reserves, wildlife and their conservation in action for print and online publicity.
I recently became a partner photographer with the up and coming marine conservation charity Sea-Changers, donating the use of my images and writing guest blogs. Sea-Changers is a registered charity working hard to address some of the threats the marine environment faces. Through innovative partnerships with marine businesses, they are raising thousands of pounds for marine conservation, and distribute the money raised to projects and charities around the UK where it can make the biggest difference to our seas and shores. Sea-Changers funds projects in Direct Marine Action, Education, Campaigning and Raising Awareness, and Species Protection and Research. Examples of projects and charities that have received funding include RSPB, Zoological Society of London, and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.
Accolades and Features
- Society of Biology photographer of the year 2014– Published online by multiple media outlets and in print in the Daily Mirror and The Times.
- Image used by the Wildlife Trust for their “30 Day’s Wild” campaign
- Short-listed for Bird Photographer of the Year 2016 and featured in portfolio book.
- Various photos featured in: Lincolnshire Life magazine, BBC Wildlife magazine and Practical Fishkeeping magazine and on BBC Springwatch.