Michael Gore CVO, CBE, FRPS
Michael has been interested in birds since schooldays and took his first photograph of a bird (a Ringed plover) at Pagham in West Sussex in 1950. After training as a journalist, army service took him overseas and in 1963 he joined HM Diplomatic Service serving in Malaysia, Korea, Uruguay, The Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, where he ended his career as Governor in 1995.
The Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary in the Cayman Islands is named after him.
He has a home in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus and spends part of the year there photographing birds, both local and migratory. He is Honorary Chairman of Birdlife Cyprus.
He is the co-author of The Birds of Korea (with Dr Won Pyong-oh) and of Las Aves del Uruguay (with A.R.M.Gepp) and author of Birds of The Gambia, the definitive works on the birds of the three countries and of On Safari in Kenya - a Pictorial Guide to the National Parks and Reserves. He wrote the section on birds for Between the Sea and the Sky in the UN publication Celebration of the Seas, Heritage for the Future, to celebrate the International Year of the Ocean. His images have been published widely and he had several in Sir David Attenborough's Life series of books and as the Canon advertisement in National Geographic magazine.
He was awarded his ARPS in 1979 and his FRPS in 1985. He won the RPS Nature Group medal in 1984 and was the overall winner of the Natural History Category in the RPS International Exhibition in 1987.
He has been fortunate in that he has been able to visit all seven continents to photograph wildlife. He has been President of the Zoological Photographic Club and was President of the NPP from 2001 to 2013.
His website is: www.wildlife-photography.net