Photography Student of the Month January 2015 – Julia Wainwright

Photography Student of the Month January 2015 – Julia Wainwright

Hello Photoion students and photography fans. We have another Student of the Month interview for you today. Student of the Month is our way of giving back to our students and recognising the people who have really excelled or shown great progress. The winner also receives a £50 gift card for any of our courses!

This month’s winner is Julia Wainwright, and we sat down with her to ask her about how she got into photography and her process.

Grinton Moor at sunrise, Yorkshire Dale by Julia Wainwright

Grinton Moor at sunrise, Yorkshire Dale by Julia Wainwright

‘I was fortunate enough to be able to take early retirement about 4 years ago, and I remember someone saying to me ‘what are you going to do with your time?’.  ‘Take up photography’ was my response.  To this day I’m still not sure where that answer came from but, in that brief moment, I set myself on a new path, I went out and bought a DSLR, booked myself on a few short courses to learn how to use it properly and have never looked back.

Great Crested Grebe courtship routine by Julia Wainwright

Great Crested Grebe courtship routine by Julia Wainwright

My passion is nature photography but I also enjoy photographing people.  Late last year I held my first solo exhibition entitled ’The Natural World’ and had about 850 visitors through the doors – not bad for a local exhibition!

Diving kingfisher by Julia Wainwright

Diving kingfisher by Julia Wainwright

In addition to local excursions I like to go on photographic trips; and last year my new hobby (or should I say obsession?) took me to Iceland for the Orcas and Northern Lights, Czech Republic for Birds of Prey, Hungary for Spring Birds, and on an incredible journey through Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.