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He is only 16, but Jake Har­vey has been hon­ing his pho­tog­ra­phy skills for al­most a decade, cap­tur­ing Nor­folk’s wildlife at its very best

EDP Norfolk - - CONTENTS - WORDS: Rachel Buller PHO­TOS: Jake Har­vey For more in­for­ma­tion about Jake’s work and ex­hi­bi­tions, see jake­har­veypho­tog­ra­phy.com

Meet a young wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher

When Jake Har­vey was given his first cam­era as a young child, it was the start of a love af­fair with both pho­tog­ra­phy and wildlife.

Now about to turn 17, he has held his own ex­hi­bi­tions, won awards for his work and is a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for en­cour­ag­ing other young peo­ple to en­gage with the nat­u­ral world.

“When I was about seven years old, I got a cam­era for Christ­mas. I hadn’t re­ally used one be­fore, but I fell in love with it straight away.

“We al­ways spent a lot of time as a fam­ily out­doors so ini­tially I started tak­ing pho­to­graphs of things like flow­ers, and then started tak­ing an in­ter­ested in wildlife, ini­tially just from walk­ing around the vil­lage and look­ing in the fields and hedgerows.

“I started us­ing macro tech­niques and kept de­vel­op­ing my skills, teach­ing my­self about all the dif­fer­ent cam­era set­tings and the way I could use them to get the best pho­to­graph pos­si­ble.

“I went on a cou­ple of pho­tog­ra­phy learn­ing days but other than that I am com­pletely self taught. I fell in love with the art of it and the feel­ing of hav­ing the cam­era in my hands.”

Jake says he be­gan sav­ing up any spare money he could to buy and ex­change cam­eras and equip­ment.

“I started to en­ter my work into com­pe­ti­tions and then, with the en­cour­age­ment of my fam­ily, started set­ting up my own small ex­hi­bi­tions lo­cally.”

He won the King’s Lynn Pri­ory Ro­tary Club young pho­tog­ra­pher com­pe­ti­tion in 2016, go­ing on to win a Highly Com­mended award in the na­tional fi­nals; was awarded the Corbin Prize in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land in 2015 and has been short­listed in the last 22 of the In­ter­na­tional Young Bird Pho­tog­ra­pher of the year award.

And Jake is not only pas­sion­ate about pho­tograph­ing wildlife, he is also pas­sion­ate about con­ser­va­tion and pro­tect­ing the crea­tures and habi­tats he likes to cap­ture.

He is a reg­u­lar vol­un­teer at both Sculthorpe Moor and RSPB Titch­well, a place par­tic­u­larly spe­cial to him hav­ing vis­ited it since he was a tod­dler.

“I meet lots of young peo­ple while I am vol­un­teer­ing or tak­ing pho­to­graphs at Titch­well and

I am al­ways telling them that it isn’t about get­ting the best shot, but about get­ting out­side. I love show­ing chil­dren why the out­doors is so mag­i­cal, it is so im­por­tant. And pho­tog­ra­phy is a great way to com­bine tech­nol­ogy with ap­pre­ci­at­ing na­ture; they can use their phones as cam­eras in a pos­i­tive way.”

Jake, who lives in Grim­ston, is cur­rently study­ing pho­tog­ra­phy at the Col­lege of West Anglia, hon­ing his skills and learn­ing dif­fer­ent tech­niques, in­clud­ing por­trai­ture which he says he loves.

His dream is to be a pro­fes­sional wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher and he is plan­ning to spend some time liv­ing in Canada to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence of dif­fer­ent land­scapes and wildlife once he fin­ishes col­lege.

BE­LOW: Jake, pic­tured right, fell in love with pho­tog­ra­phy from the age of seven

RIGHT: A hare in a field

ABOVE: A study of an owl

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