Profile - Ross Hoddinott Photography
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Natural history & landscape photographer. Author & freelance writer

Ross HoddinottFrom a young age, Ross developed a passion and fascination for the natural world. He would spend hours peering into ponds and observing and learning about the wildlife close to his parent’s home in north Cornwall. His parents introduced him to photography when aged 10 and a year later, in 1990, Ross won BBC Countryfile’s junior flora and fauna category in their annual photo competition. This proved to be just the encouragement that he needed and by the time he won the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition a few years later, he had already decided to pursue a career in photography.

Now aged 38, Ross is among the UK’s leading outdoor photographers. A regular contributor to a number of national magazines, including Digital SLR Photography and Wild Planet Magazine, his work is published widely. Ross is contracted to NaturePL and the RSPCA Photolibrary, while the National Trust is among his list of clients. He has enjoyed multiple successes in the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year and in 2008 was on the judging panel for the competition. In 2009 Ross won the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and he has also had commended images in Take-a-View and the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. He is an Ambassador for Nikon UK and Manfrotto and the author of eight photography books, including ‘Digital Macro & Close-up Photography’ and ‘The Landscape Photography Workshop’. Ross was also a member of the 2020VISION photo-team – the largest, most ambitious multi media conservation project ever staged in the UK

Ross is recognised as a close-up specialist, photographing insects and wild plants. He is also well known for capturing evocative landscape images of the UK’s stunning landscape and coastline. A large proportion of his photographs are taken in the South West of England. This region, and its natural history, is a constant inspiration to him. Working close to home allows him to gain an intimate knowledge of the area, while also minimising his carbon footprint. Ross and his wife, Fliss, live in north Cornwall, together with their three beautiful children.

At the risk of sounding clichéd, Ross simply hopes that his images will help highlight the beauty and importance of our natural history and the environment on which we depend…

IN THE BAG

    DSLRs:
Nikon D810 & D500.

    Lenses:
Nikkor 12-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S; LAOWA 15mm f/4 Wide Macro; Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED AF-S; Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S; Nikkor 50mm AF-S f/1.8G; Nikkor 70-200mm AF-S f/2.8G ED VR II; Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro; Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF AF Micro; NIKKOR 80-400mm F4.5-5.6D AF VR; Nikkor TC-20E III converter.

    Tripod:
Gitzo Systematic GT3541LS legs and Manfrotto 405 geared head.

    Speedlight:
Nikon SB800; Commander Kit R1C1.

    Backpack:
f-stop gear SUHKA & f-stop gear Loka.

    Accessories:
Lee filter system x 2; graduated ND (hard & soft) filters; 0.9 ND filter; Lee Filters Landscape 105mm circular polarizer; Lee Big & Little Stoppers; Nikon PK-13 extension tube; Nikon MC30 remote cord; Nikon MC36 remote cord; Lastolite reflector; Wimberley Plamp; Lexar memory cards; Paramo outdoor clothing.