Biography & Awards

Sue Flood is an award-winning wildlife photographer, author and filmmaker.

Sue was born in North Wales and attended the Queen's School, Chester. She then went on to study at Durham University, graduating in 1986 with an Honours degree in Zoology. After spending 3 years with wildlife production company Survival Anglia, she joined the world-renowned BBC Natural History Unit in 1993. Sue spent 11 years at the BBC, fulfilling a lifelong ambition to work with her childhood (and adult!) hero, Sir David Attenborough.

Her BBC experience including working as Associate Producer on the award-winning series The Blue Planet, and also Planet Earth and the Disneynature movie Earth. The latter took her to the Arctic, Antarctic and the South Pacific, as a stills photographer and field assistant, supplying images for publicity for the series.

Sue also produced four films for the BBC:

  • Polar Bears on Thin Ice (featuring the polar bears of Hudson Bay) for the series Wildlife on One, presented by Sir David Attenborough.
  • A Boy Among Polar Bears (looking at the relationship between the Inuit and wildlife in the Canadian Arctic around Baffin Island)
  • Killer Whale Special for the BBC/Discovery Channel.
  • Life of Mammals short on Blue Whale science.

Her photographic highlights include diving with humpback whales in the South Pacific, face-to-face encounters with leopard seals in the Antarctic, filming polar bears in the Arctic, and photographing the wildlife of Rwanda, Namibia, Botswana and, more recently, Costa Rica.

In March 2005 Sue left the BBC to pursue her wildlife photography career and she is now a professional photographer, represented by Getty Images.

Sue’s adventures have taken her from camping at -40°C with Inuit hunters in the Arctic, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole, and swimming with humpback whales in Tonga. Sue has also travelled extensively elsewhere, from the Russian Far East and Japan to Africa, South East Asia and throughout the South Pacific. Sue is passionate about the use of still and moving images to engage people’s interest in the natural world and often travels as a photographer, naturalist and lecturer for various prestigious travel companies. Sue also enjoys guiding tailor-made wildlife photography trips and in 2012 and 2013 is leading trips to the Antarctic, Costa Rica, Rwanda and Zambia.

Further 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 Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal.

In 2011 Sue published her first book 'Cold Places', featuring her favourite images from the last 15 years working in the Arctic and Antarctic, which coincided with a month-long exhibition at London's Getty Gallery, sponsored by Canon. You can hear Sue talking about her book with Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour here. Sue was thrilled when Cold Places was recognised in the International Photography Awards last year, winning third place in the Nature books category.

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

However, the highlight of her career to date was to be invited to a reception with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in December 2011, in connection with her photography in the polar regions.

Sue lives in North Wales, although she is more often to be found in some far-flung location.

Awards

International Garden Photographer of the Year - Sue was recognised with a Special Award - New Shoots for her image “Wisteria Arch".

2013 Nature’s Best Windland Awards

Sue was Runner up in the prestigious American wildlife photography competition "Nature’s Best Windland Awards" Outdoor Adventure category, with her Antarctic image "Boundaries".

2012 International Photographer of the Year - Sue was delighted to receive 5 honourable mentions in this year's competition in both the Nature, and Travel & Tourism pro categories for her portfolios from the Amazon, Vietnam and Hungary.

2011 International Photographer of the Year

Sue was thrilled to be recognised in the prestigious International Photographer of the Year contest (also known as the Lucies).

She was runner up in the Travel and Tourism Pro category with a portfolio of images from the Russian Far East.

Her first book, Cold Places, was honoured in the Nature Book category, winning 3rd prize.

Finally, her portfolio of images from Costa Rica was highly commended in the Nature category.

Travel Photographer of the Year Sue’s portrait of a minke whale in the Antarctic, taken as it swam just feet away under her Zodiac, was highly commended in this year’s TPOTY contest in the One Shot category.

Nature’s Best Photography (Windland Smith Rice International Awards) Highly honoured in the Small World Spectaculars category for her image of a poison arrow frog in Costa Rica.