Dawn Osborn FRPS EFIAP
I first became interested in both nature and photography in my early teens - in those days the camera was a Kodak Brownie and later a modest 35mm film camera with a fixed focal length lens. A visit to Greece for my 21st Birthday prompted me to purchase my first SLR, a Practica Super TL with 50mm and 135mm lenses. Some years later and following 8 years working in the USA I returned to the UK and became interested in birdwatching. It was during a birdwatching holiday in Mallorca, while waiting for some activity from the birds, that I became aware of the many species of wildflowers and decided to try my hand at photographing them. Photographing wildflowers, in particular wild Orchid species, led to several Spring visits to Mallorca and Crete and inspired my slide submission of ‘Mediterranean Wild Flowers’ for an Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) in 1994.
Travel further afield has included Tanzania & Botswana, The Galapagos Islands plus many destinations in the United States and Canada. My favourite destination is still The Falklands and I have made more than a dozen visits to the Islands. ‘Birds of the Falklands Archipelago’ was the subject of my successful print application for a Fellowship in Nature in the Spring of 2006. I’ve given many talks illustrated with images from my travels and enjoy sharing my experiences with others. Although bird species have become my favourite photographic subjects, photographing wild flowers (and just about anything else in the natural world) also gives me a great amount of pleasure. Other things I do with my images include entering them to National and International Exhibitions - I’ve been quite successful and have won many awards including PSA & FIAP Gold Medals. Seeing my name in Exhibition catalogues still puts a smile on my face.
I have been an active member of the RPS Nature Group since 1993; Editor of the group’s magazine, The Iris, from 2003 until 2018 and Editor of NG eNews since its inception in 2017. I became a member of NPP 20+ years ago - in those days it was prints or colour slides that were circulated between members. As the popularity of digital images grew and members switched to DSLRs the digital folio was formed. I really enjoy my participation in the folio - the variety and quality of images submitted by other members each month is truly inspirational.