On Monday 24th February 2020, we welcome our keynote speaker, Mark Hamblin, leading nature photographer, to present his superb wildlife photography in a show to delight all photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Open to members of the public.
Mark Hamblin has been a professional freelance nature photographer since 1995. During that time, he has become one of the country’s leading contributors to Britain’s wildlife and photographic magazines with over 100 articles published worldwide.
For the past 17 years his work has focused on Scotland’s rich tapestry of mountains, forests, moors and coast and its wonderful diversity of wildlife. As a resident of the Cairngorms National Park, with abundant wildlife riches on his doorstep, Mark spends much of his photographic time close to home, concentrating on species such as red squirrels, brown and mountain hares, deer and raptors. Alongside his local long-term projects he is inspired by the rugged landscapes of the North-west Highlands and has visited many of Scotland’s islands.
Mark’s work has been recognised in several leading photographic competitions, including seven highly commended images in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Mark’s first book, Wild Peak was published in 2003 and was followed by Wild Land – Images of nature from the Cairngorms, in 2005, in collaboration with Peter Cairns. His next volume was the highly acclaimed book Tooth & Claw – living alongside Britain’s predators (2007), which reveals our complex relationship with predators. Mark was also a contributing photographer to Wild Wonders of Europe project working on stories in Lithuania and The Netherlands.
More recently he has teamed up with other conservation-minded photographers to form the Wild Media Foundation of which he is a director. This social enterprise aims to raise awareness about environmental issues through the use of innovative imagery and thought-provoking stories. Their latest project 2020VISION, aims to engage and enthuse the British public about the value of restoring our natural habitats. The 2020VISION book was published in 2012 and has been followed by a series of theatre shows and exhibitions around the UK.
This presentation showcases some of his favourite work – both landscapes and wildlife – and provides an insight into both the fieldwork and philosophy behind his images.
Mark Hamblin’s presentation “Wild Scotland” will take place on 24th February 2020 at 7.30 pm at the St. Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock.
Open to members of the public. Tickets available from Ticketsource.