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 an award winning wildlife photographer based in the UK but working worldwide. He¿s twice been a finalist in The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and runs his own website -

Andrew spent fifteen years working for us as our chief photographer and manager of our Photolibrary. Andrew has been a YPA judge since 2005 and knows a winning shot when he sees one.

Jules Cox

Jules Cox is a British wildlife photographer, whose work draws inspiration from the wildlife and wildernesses of the British Isles and frozen North. In 2012 he won the British Seasons category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, and was a judge for the 2014 competition.

Over the last seven years, Jules has been a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine. This is his third year judging the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. To see some of Jules' photos, visit

Philip Warner

Philip is Managing Director of Warners Midlands Plc, one of the largest independent commercial and magazine printing businesses in the UK. Philip started working for the firm in the early 1980s in school and university holidays as an apprentice.

On gaining an MA in Marketing in 1989 he joined the company full time as Marketing Manager before becoming Marketing Director in 1991 and Managing Director in 1997. Warners Midlands Plc has been a competition sponsor for several years.

Elliott Neep

Elliott is an award-winning wildlife photographer. He works with Oryx Photography, guiding photographers in East Africa, the polar regions and India. Elliott also supplies images to Getty Images and Frank Lane Picture Agency (FLPA) and licenses through his website at

During the past year, Elliott has built a series of professional wildlife photography hides (ProHides) on an organic farm in Wiltshire. Designed for all ages and skill levels, the hides are ideal for photographing Britain's most iconic countryside animals.

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

Patrick Aryee

New to the judging panel for 2019, Patrick is a TV presenter and wildlife filmmaker. As a biologist and self-confessed thrill seeker, Patrick has always had a fascination with 'how things work'.  His guiding force is to allow his audience to travel the globe from the comfort of their homes and live vicariously through his daringly close animal encounters.

After studying Cancer Biology at the University of Bristol, Patrick decided to pursue a career in wildlife filmmaking. He was an integral crew member for a number of BBC productions including 'Frozen Planet' and more recently 'Attenborough: 60 Years in the Wild'.

Owen Duda

Owen is one of the Jessops Regional Academy Trainers at the Photography Training School. Focusing on the South East area, Owen covers all training courses from the super popular Level 1 course to a variety of Jessops photography experiences. From a young age, Owen has been mastering wildlife and landscape photography and still dedicates his spare time to these great passions.