Tesni Ward, Professional Nature Photographer will be on hand to advise on ways to capture birds and animals 'up close and personal' Tesni will be supported in this workshop by Olympus whom she works with, as an Ambassador.
ABOUT THE VENUE
The Kent Owl Academy is a small and forward thinking business, situated within the picturesque grounds of 'Kent Life' Maidstone this family run business provides a diverse range of opportunities to experience some amazing animals up close and personal. The Kent Owl Academy opens the door to the natural world of owls, raptors and animals, letting your fascination go soaring high like their birds of prey.
Owned and managed by Mollie King, she has had a passion for wildlife, birds of prey in particular from a young age and has grown up around raptors, due to her father being a highly recognised performance falconer. She has worked at various zoos/bird of prey centers within the UK, including but not limited to Africa Alive and The Imperial Bird of Prey Academy in Essex, where she held the role of operations manager. Since opening the Kent Owl Academy she has enjoyed watching it go from strength to strength. 2018 allowed her to reach personal goals as well, including speaking at ZSL London Zoo and forming a lasting working partnership with the Kent Wildlife Trust.
ABOUT THE DAY
We are going to be allowed access to the owls, birds of prey, meerkats, reptiles and various creepy crawlies! There will be opportunities to capture static shots as well as flying displays. Tesni will be on hand to advise on ways to capture these birds and animals 'up close and personal' Tesni will be supported in this workshop by Olympus whom she works with, as an Ambassador.
The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm with a maximum of 15 photographers, this will give each participant ample opportunity to develop their skills throughout the day with advice and support from Tesni, help with settings, speeds and composition.
You should go away from the day with a better understanding of your camera and how to take successful images of some captive birds and animals.
Olympus Ambassador Tesni Ward is a Wildlife and Nature photographer
It may seem a strange career change, but one champion javelin thrower has swapped the sport for a telephoto lens. Now focusing on wildlife photography, Tesni Ward is proving to be one to watch in the world of nature photography.
Born in Wales and now living in the Peak District, Tesni enjoyed a promising career in athletics. When competing in the UK championships, she won the Shot Putt, Javelin, and Discus events in her age group. She even went on to represent Team GB in the Loughborough International competition. Despite being the Senior Welsh record holder for Javelin, Tesni unfortunately had to cut short her sporting career due to injury.“It opened doors for other opportunities and adventures though,Tesni’s photographic journey began when she was given her first DSLR on holiday as a teenager, but it was in her early 20’s that Tesni began to give photography more attention. With upgraded equipment and a new thirst for photography, she would go out and explore the Peak District at the weekend, snapping away at anything she found to be visually appealing. It was however when she travelled to Alaska to photograph the famous coastal Brown Bears that everything really changed for her – being surrounded by ‘true’ wilderness, camping on a beach whilst surrounded by wolves, bears and all manner of other wild animals gave her the first real sense of freedom.
‘Wildlife is unexpected in so many ways. I love everything about nature, but when you photograph wildlife the personality of individual animals begins to shine through, the more time you spend with them. I love nothing more than trying to capture these small quirks and behaviours that make each animal as unique as you or I.’
In March 2016 Tesni decided to take the step to becoming a full time photographer. She now aspires to use her images and stories to promote conservation and to educate the public on how to help protect the many species currently under threat from human activity.
She regularly works on projects with individual species, developing a deep appreciation and understanding of them before using this to help raise awareness. She also runs regular workshops and tours, not only to help others capture beautiful images and teach individuals the art of photography but also to give them the opportunity to experience how magical the natural world is.
- Venue Information
The Kent Owl Academy