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Ross Hoddinott

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Landscape & Wildlife Photographer | Author | Tutor | Conservationist

I guess you could argue I’ve never had a real job! I inherited my parents' passion and fascination for wildlife and, when I began playing around with a camera aged just 9 or 10, I instinctively photographed nature. A year later, I won the junior flora and fauna category in BBC Countryfile’s inaugural photo competition - the winning shot was a dragonfly close-up. Winning the competition gave me confidence and encouragement and, by the time I won Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year aged 17, I had already decided to pursue a career in outdoor photography. I’m self taught, opted against going to University, and effectively turned professional at 18. A risky strategy, I know…

Now 40-years old, I consider myself hugely fortunate to make my living from photography, writing and providing tuition. I’m a regular in the photo press, contributing images and features (both technical and creative) to a number of leading titles, including Digital SLR Photography, Practical Photography, Amateur Photographer, NPhoto, Chasing the Light Online Magazine, Nature TTL and Wild Planet Photo Magazine. I’m represented by leading photo agencies Nature Picture Library and BOSE, Kew Gardens, PETRONAS and The National Trust are among the clients I have worked for.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be a multiple award winner in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, British Wildlife Photography Awards – including overall winner in 2009 – International Garden Photographer of the Year and Take A View - Landscape Photographer of the Year. I’ve also written a number of best selling photography books including The Landscape Photography WorkshopThe Art of Landscape Photography and From Dawn to Dusk - Mastering the Light in Landscape Photography (all co-authored with Mark Bauer), The Digital Exposure Handbook, Digital Macro & Close-up Photography, and The Wildlife Photography Workshop (co-authored with Ben Hall). I was also consultent editor on Masters of Landscape Photography and I’ve recently written two eBooks for Manfrotto. A few years ago, I was a member of the 2020VISION photo-team – the largest, most ambitious multi-media conservation project ever staged in the UK. I’m also an Ambassador for Nikon UK (2013-15) and Manfrotto, and a Global Icon for F-stop Gear.

I’m lucky – I love what I do. That is not to say it is not hard work, though. The hours are often unsociable and tiring. I’m dedicated, addicted – obsessed even. I always want to improve and am striving for something I can’t ever achieve – perfection. I’m passionate about conservation and keen to inspire others to appreciate, respect and enjoy wildlife. I’ve been fortunate to lead tours to places like the Galapagos, Iceland and the Tatra Mountains, but I’m actually not a big traveller. I’m happiest at home – in North Cornwall. My gorgeous wife Fliss and I have three beautiful children and I cherish being a dad – I hope to inspire them as much as my parents did me. Photography is both my profession and hobby – but I’m also a fanatical Spurs fan (please don’t judge!) and am rather fond of American Bourbon! I hate tea, love Marmite, and was a junior British archery champion. What else do you want to know?

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Nikon D850 & Nikon D500

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 70-200mm AF-S f/4G ED VR; 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

Gitzo Systematic GT3541LS legs; Manfrotto 405 geared head

F-Stop Gear SUHKA; F-Stop Gear LOKA

Lee Filter's 100mm system; hard, medium & soft graduated ND filters; Lee Filters Landscape 105mm circular polarizer; Big & Little Stoppers; Nikon MC36 remote cord; Lastolite reflector; Lastolite diffuser, Manfrotto LUMIMUSE 8 LED; Wimberley Plamp; Paramo outdoor clothing