I’m James Miller, I’m 15, I live in Surrey and, amongst other things, I love wildlife. I’ve been interested by it ever since I was 4. Between then and now, this interest has developed into a passion for nature photography, which I’ve been pursuing for the last 8 or so years. You can see some of my photos on my ‘Gallery’ page. I do a bit of art in my spare time too, and again I focus on wildlife. There are, luckily, many competitions that focus on wildlife photography and art.
In March 2017 I won the 15 and under category of the Mammal Photographer of the Year Competition with a photo of a bat, and got to meet Simon King to receive a signed copy of his latest book. In 2015 and 2016 I have had success in the RSPB’s Wildart competition, coming Highly Commended and Runner Up respectively. My work was exhibited in the Mall Gallery in London.
Also in 2015, I won the Cairngorms Young Nature Presenter Competition. This was a national competition in which young people from all over the country submitted videos of themselves talking about wildlife. I talked about badgers, a favourite of mine. They visit my garden regularly, and one has got so tame that it will occasionally hand feed! The judges narrowed down all the entries to a group of ten, from which I was selected by public vote. This meant I won a 5 day trip to the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland, where I saw all sorts of exciting things, and met some great people, such as Iolo Williams and Miranda Krestovnikoff. You can read more about my Cairngorms experience in my blog, on this website.
In the summer of 2016 I was invited to give a talk at the Birdfair in August, and I helped to judge the Young Nature Presenter Competition 2016.
I was also invited to become a member of the RSPB Phoenix Forum, a role which I’m really enjoying. I will try to keep making short documentaries, which I will post on this website, and hopefully I can go somewhere with this blog!