Q & A with Wildlife Photographer David Lloyd

What type of photography do you prefer and why?

I prefer a style that people might feel happy to put in a frame on their wall. And with that, I have a preference to black and white. I do enjoy taking other editorial type of pictures as well, but I will probably always prefer the fine art style, which, I guess is an extension of a graphic design background.

What do you know now that you wish you would have known when you started photography?

The business and marketing aspect of things I guess. The last few years have been invaluable in this respect, and now I've discovered that maybe I have always had it in me to do it.

Where is your favorite place to travel and to photograph?

So far it has been the Masai Mara in Kenya because it affords me many of my favourite subjects in one place along with very clean terrains and backgrounds which suits the kind of photography I seek. 

Image chosen for the cover of Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 21

On your 'about' page, you say your biggest inspiration is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year portfolio series. Explain as best you can how it felt after 20 years when you found out your image would be on the cover and what it took to get to that point in your photography.

I have collected these volumes since their inception in 1991 and some years ago I aimed for inclusion in the book, and now I’m on one. So it does have a special significance for me in that regard.

I first entered about three years prior to my success, and quickly realised how competitive it was. To be honest, I did have hopes for the image, and I did feel I had a chance of achieving something with it. Then I learnt I'd made it into the book, then shortly afterwards I found out that I was to be on it. It's a wonderful and unexpected achievement which I don't really expect to top. To see it now in a bookshop or on someone's shelf still gives me a sense of pride and I am often quickly reminded of the magnitude of the award. 

What made you decide to get into photography?

Nothing in particular as it has always been there ever since I can remember. I first owned a camera since pre-school, I think. But a combination of art and design, black and white photography, and wildlife led me to take the pictures I enjoy taking today.

Do you have any upcoming safaris or workshops?

Yes, I have dates next March for my African Big Cat Photo Safaris and in August and September for my Great Migration Photo Safaris, both in the Masai Mara in Kenya. 

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