Stephen Belcher ... in his own words

On taking the perfect image...

“A massive feeling of relief because you work so long, and so hard, to get it. With wildlife photography there is no guarantee you will get the shot you want. Sometimes you can spend three, four weeks, and still not see what you want to see. Being a vet helps because when I am out in the field I understand my subjects’ behaviour, and can better anticipate their movements and what they may or may not do next.”

  • Peoples Choice Award shortlist for 2016
    Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Natures Best Photography
    Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2016
  • Peoples Choice Award shortlist for 2016
    Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
    Wildlife
    Highly Honoured
    Natures Best Photography
    Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2014
  • Leopard Stalking
    Mammals Category
    1st Place
    Melvita Nature Images Awards 2013

    Nature Picture Library Prize: Best Single Image of the Year 2013
  • Coconut Crab
    Other Nature Topics
    Nominated
    Melvita Nature Images Awards 2013
  • Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
    Endangered Species
    Highly Honoured
    Natures Best Photography
    Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2013
  • Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
    Mammals Category
    2nd Place
    Melvita Nature Images Awards 2012
  • Close Up Kakapo Portrait
    Bird Category
    Commended
    Melvita Nature Images Awards 2012
  • Leopard Stalking
    Mammals Category
    Highly Commended
    GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Takahe Conservation Programme
    Photostory Category
    Highly Commended
    New Zealand Geographic
    Photographer of the Year 2012
  • Kakapo Recovery
    Photostory Category
    Runner Up
    New Zealand Geographic
    Photographer of the Year 2011
  • Snow Monkeys
    Animal Antics Category
    Highly Honored
    Natures Best Photography
    Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2011
  • Stalking Leopard African Wildlife Category
    Highly Honored
    Natures Best Photography
    Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2011
  • Red Crab Migration Christmas Island
    Winner
    Natures Best Photography
    Ocean Views 2010
  • Tengger Caldera Dawn
    Landscapes Category
    Highly Honored
    Natures Best Photography
    Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2009
  • Adelie Penguin Jumping
    Winner
    Natures Best Ocean View Photography 2009
  • Kelp
    Plant Life category
    Highly Praised
    GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008
  • Orangutan Reflection
    Endangered Species Category
    Highly Honored
    Natures Best Photography
    Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2008
  • Hyena with Kudu Foetus
    Animal Behaviour: Mammals
    Highly Commended
    BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2001