The judges

Find out about the judging panel of photographic experts for the Young Photographer Awards (YPA):

Chris Packham

Chris is a wildlife expert, photographer and author with a passionate concern for conservation and the environment. He's travelled the world in pursuit of all things that slime, sting and scratch.

A long-standing judge of YPA, Chris understands what it's like to be a young wildlife photographer starting out and the challenges it presents. To see some of the stunning photographs that Chris has taken, visit

Andrew Forsyth

Andrew is our Multimedia Manager, doing photoshoots with our animals around the country. He's twice been a finalist in the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year, as well as in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, Landscape Photographer of the Year and the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions.

Andrew has been a YPA judge since 2005 and knows a winning shot when he sees one.

Catriona Parfitt

Catriona is an aspiring professional wildlife photographer and former YPA overall winner. Catriona first entered the competition in 2004, has been named the overall winner twice (in 2005 and 2010) and has received awards in four other years.

She won the BBC Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008 and has been successful in the Young Travel Photographer of the Year competition. This is Catriona's third year as a judge.

Ellie Rothnie

Ellie is a full-time British wildlife photographer. She has been awarded in various competitions, including the international Festival de l'Oiseau, Nature's Best-Yellowstone, and British Wildlife Photography Awards.

In 2007, she began to focus on her passion for wildlife photography, this led to her becoming a full-time photographer, trip leader and guide. She is widely published in national press and magazines, and this is her second year as a judge for the inspiring YPA.

She photographs in the UK and further afield, with projects taking her to East Africa, USA and Europe. Ellie is a tour leader with Natures Images, the UK's leading wildlife photography trip company

Dani Connor

Dani Connor is a professional wildlife photographer, social media content creator and "Queen of the Squirrels". Her career kickstarted after a video of a baby squirrel squeaking went viral, gaining 16 million views and led to an audience of wildlife lovers. Dani is most known for her work with red squirrels in Northern Sweden.

Dani uses her social media platforms to showcase her work, and has created a career working independently creating online content. She was also the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards Overall Winner in 2013. We're delighted to welcome Dani onboard as a new judge for 2021. Visit

Emma Jacobs

Emma is our Senior Photographer. As a photographer with over 20 year's experience in her field, Emma is passionate about exploring new ways in which we can use the photographic medium as a tool for visual communication; creating an image or series of images that tell a story and help people to connect with nature.

She believes that if more people could connect with and fall in love with animals, they would be more inspired to take better care of them.