I’m James Miller, I’m 17, I live in Surrey and, among other things, I love wildlife. I’ve been interested by it ever since I was 4. Since then, my passion has grown and shaped into an ambition to become a wildlife tv presenter. As well as documentary making and presenting, I’m also really into wildlife photography, art and writing, and am trying to get more involved in conservation and campaigning.
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. 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 on my blog.
I was also invited to talk about this experience at the Birdfair, and I helped to judge the Young Nature Presenter Competition in 2016.
Since then I have also been a finalist in Earthwatch Europe’s young presenter competition, and went to the Wildscreen Film Festival in Bristol to meet Naomi Wilkinson and Lizzie Daly, and receive my prize.
In that year I was asked to become a member of the RSPB Phoenix Forum – a group of ten teenagers elected to represent the youth sector of the RSPB. It’s a role which I’m really enjoying, and has led me to several amazing opportunities, such as meet Sir John Randall and Michael Gove in 10 Downing Street to discuss environmental policy in January of 2018.
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. Later that same year I gave a talk at the Badger Conference in Lancashire, and won a small prize in the British Wildlife Photographer Awards for my photo of a Ruby Tailed Wasp.
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.
This year I have plans to become more involved in campaigning, both as part of the youth climate movement and as part of the youth environmental movement, while continuing to produce short documentaries and inspire my generation to take action for nature.