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Bright Young Thing: Wildlife Photographer Oliver Wilks

PUBLISHED: 13:20 23 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Bright Young Thing: Wildlife Photographer Oliver Wilks

Bright Young Thing: Wildlife Photographer Oliver Wilks

Oliver Wilks, 18, won the BWPA Young Photographer of the Year competition in 2011. Oliver grew up in Horsham and went to Collyers College

How did you first become interested in photography?


Dad took it up as a hobby and his interest brought me into it. My first chance to use a DSLR was in my uncles garden and it was in those few minutes that I took my first award-winning photo, a common blue damselfly resting on a reed.


What type of camera do you use?


I use two Canon 50Ds, Canon 400mm F5.6, Canon 70-200mm F2.8, Sigma 17-70mm.


Tell me about winning Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Whats the story behind your winning image and how long did it take you to get the shot?


It was a great honour to win the competition and I was over the moon when I found out. Id come out of hospital a few days before. I went to Warnham and, after walking around for a while, found a adult red fox on a pile of dried reeds. I waited for him to wake up and that is when he let out this spectacular yawn.


Whats the most important quality for a wildlife photographer?


Be passionate and know your subjects.


What are your favourite places to photograph in Sussex?


Warnham Local Nature Reserve.


What is your greatest ambition?


To become a wildlife film cinematographer.


Do you have a favourite animal to photograph?


No, I love all animals bigand small. I enjoy taking photos of the most common animals and improving on my shots each time, but also getting the special rare shot of something I dont normally see.

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