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Sue Flood
Wildlife and Natural World

Sue Flood

Sue Flood is a professional and award-winning wildlife and travel photographer.  Sue has been working in the Polar regions since 1998, although her work increasingly takes her to warmer climes to thaw out.

Sue was born in North Wales and attended The Queen’s School, Chester. A Durham University zoology graduate, she went on to become a wildlife film-maker, spending 11 years with the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol. Sue was an assistant producer on the award-winning BBC series The Blue Planet and also worked on Planet Earth and the Disney movie Earth. Films that Sue produced for the BBC include Polar Bears on Thin Ice, A Boy Among Polar Bears, Killer Whale and a short on blue whale science for The Life of Mammals.  She left the BBC in 2005 to concentrate on her photography and was thrilled to be taken on by Getty Images.

Sue’s adventures on nearly 40 trips to the Arctic and Antarctic have taken her from camping at -40°C, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge, to diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic. Sue has also travelled extensively to other parts of the world, from the Russian Far East, Vietnam, Japan to Africa and throughout the South Pacific.  But it is the Polar regions that draw her back again and again for their stark and remote beauty, spectacular landscapes and superlative wildlife experiences, so it was natural that her first book and solo exhibition at the Getty Gallery, featured some of her favourite images from Cold Places.

Her first book, Cold Places, was awarded in the International Photography Awards in 2011.

Sue is passionate about the use of still and moving images to engage people’s interest in the natural world. She regularly lectures on her experiences of wildlife film-making and photography to expedition travel companies, corporate organisations, as well as schools and universities, with the aim of inspiring people to protect the planet.

Sue regularly guides photo safaris for well-respected companies, in addition to private commissions, and runs photography courses at Chester Zoo.

As well as having produced documentaries for the BBC and others, Sue has also appeared on screen, most recently in the National Geographic series “Cameramen who dare”, where the very close encounter she had whilst filming a humpback whale in Tonga was featured!

Recognition of Sue’s work includes awards in the following competitions: International Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year, the Art Wolfe (Best of Festival) Award in the International Conservation Photography Awards and a Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal. 

Her career highlight was to be invited to meet Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace in 2011 as a result of her photography. A close second was working with David Attenborough over the course of her BBC career.

She is currently working on a very exciting, interesting and rewarding UK-based project in the English countryside for a private client.

Sue lives in North Wales, though she is often to be found in some far-flung location. She is represented by Getty Images.