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2020VISION Young Champions

The Young Champions represent the new generation. They'll be working alongside the professional photographers to create stunning images and stories. But more than that, they will be communicating their experiences, their feelings and their thoughts to their friends, school mates, colleagues, family and local communities.

2020VISION will leave a legacy of amazing images, stories and sounds, but with the Young Champions we will be creating a group of advocates who have the skills to convey the 2020VISION message for years to come.

Over the 20 months of the project the Young Champions will experience some amazing things, learn some valuable lessons and make a great contribution to the project.  They will take what they have learnt and experienced and become true champions for the wild world.

Luke Massey

"Being part of 2020VISION is the perfect platform to share our amazing natural world on a larger scale. I've experienced some amazing natural wonders through photography."

Tom Hughes

"I have always been interested in wildlife and anything to do with the natural world, I started my passion for wildlife photography at the age of 13, when I got my very first digital SLR camera."

Rob Burlace

"Photography has been a hobby of mine since I was young and my grandfather gave me my first camera.I love the great outdoors and travel, which is reflected in much of my early photography work."

Bryony Carter

"Ever since I can remember I wanted to be involved with wildlife, and have pursued that dream ever since. Studying wildlife ecology and conservation at Manchester Metropolitan University only stirred my passion and enthusiasm even more."

Alisdair Cook

"I am looking forward to being able to expand my experiences and skills at taking images of wildlife local to me and gain a real understanding of what makes the Somerset Levels what it is."

Oliver Creamer

"At the age of fourteen, I took to creative photography for the first time. Ever since, my ambitions have been growing to occupy such hopes as photographing some of Britain's success stories, such as the resurrection of the osprey population."

Paul Floyd

"I have had a real passion for wildlife conservation and photography from a young age. I am very excited about being part of the 2020VISION project and further enhancing my skills as a wildlife photographer and conservationist."

Bertie Gregory

"I have always been passionate about wildlife and am particularly interested in the way animals adapt their behaviour in extreme conditions. I use photography to pursue my passion both under and over the water."

Katrina Martin

"I’m looking forward to the opportunity of using photography to help open people’s eyes to the amazing diversity and beauty that is on our doorsteps and available to all of us."

Kristian Parton

"My passion for wildlife has been engraved upon me from a young age, and so the past few years of my life has been spent working with a camera portraying my view of wildlife through some of the photography that I do."

Simon Phelps

"I have always had a great passion for photography and now that I have been selected to be a part of the 2020VISION project I am hoping that I can turn my dream of becoming a wildlife photographer into a reality."

Shaun Robertson

"I grew up in the countryside of the Scottish Borders, and wildlife and conservation have always been a passion. The opportunity to be the 2020VISION young champion for my area is hugely exciting."

Bill Ryley

"I am committed to using technology and the arts to inspire people about nature and have developed a wildlife-focused internet radio project called ‘Sharpham Sounds’ in South Devon, where I now live and work for a small environmental charity"

Shabana Shaffick-Richardson

"I have always been fascinated by nature and wildlife, particularly birds. I recently started photography, and have found it to be the perfect medium to capture the beauty I see around me"

Finlay Strivens

"My interest in photography has been nurtured through the photography club at Kingussie High School. I spend most of my spare time in the outdoors and use my bike to access remote areas of the Cairngorms National Park."

Rosie Watson

"I have always wanted to learn photography, so to have the opportunity to combine this and to help conserve the places of wilderness and natural world is so exciting and I can't wait to get started."

Jocelyn Williams

"As a designer and maker, I understand that the consumption of materials can harm the environment. I endeavour to find a balance where beauty can be enjoyed from all aspects."