I’m Billy Clapham, a 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. At university my passion only deepened further, specialising in evolution and animal behaviour. I also earned a Master’s degree, studying the behavioural ecology of promiscuity in cooperatively breeding birds. This included a month stint in the field, performing daily observations on wild pairs of long-tailed tits, which was easily the highlight of my time at university. Now I have chosen to combine my loves for the natural world, science and visual storytelling by studying an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking in Bristol.
I first discovered an interest in nature photography when I started a local patch blog on a small wildlife forum and began shooting the flowers, bugs and landscapes of my village on my camera phone. Since then I’ve barely been able to look at anything nature-related without pointing a camera at it. Photography gave me an extra way to connect with nature and allows me to share what I love in a more meaningful way than I could before.
After graduating with a first from the University of Sheffield, I decided to have a gap year and a see a bit of the world. For 5 months I traveled independently around 6 countries, spending half that time volunteering at a marine conservation/research NGO in the Philippines, where I also gained my PADI Dive Master.
Natural History documentaries formed a huge part of how I gained an interest in nature and how I learned about it growing up. My obsession with the genre has staid with me since childhood and now I have decided to attempt to make it my career. I’m now well into my MA at the University of the West of England in partnership with the BBC, and loving every minute!
• Nikon D7100
• Nikon 70-300mm VR
• Nikon 10-24mm
• Nikon 18-55mm VR
• Previously: Fujifilm finepix S200EXR, Nikon D3200
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.