Congratulations to Getty Images Award Winning Photographer Sue Flood

August 27, 2009 | By Getty Images | Creative

Sue Flood / Getty Images

Recently, photographer Sue Flood was awarded two first place wins at the prestigious 2009 International Photography Awards.  She won first place for the Special Finalist Pro category and first place for the Travel/Tourism Pro category. The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and formidable competitions in the photography world today.  Her first place wins gives her the opportunity to compete in IPA’s top award of International Photographer of the Year.  Sue is one of eight finalist that will be competing for this award, which will be announced in October 2009. We had a chance to catch up with Sue and hear her story behind her images, what she has been up to, and how she became a photographer.

Before joining Getty Images I spent 11 years as a wildlife filmmaker with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, England.  In 2005 I moved from producer to freelance photography, and my life as a wildlife and travel photographer now takes me all over the world on assignment.  Along with some wonderful trips to Africa in the last few years, I’ve spent lots of time in the polar regions – a combination of filming trips for the BBC, Disneynature’s Earth movie, and working as a lecturer for Quark Expeditions, who run adventure travel trips to the poles.  It’s just as well that I like the cold!

Sue Flood / Getty Images

Last fall I spent three months on board the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, on an incredible trip to the emperor penguin colonies of Snow Hill Island, and then on to the Ross Sea.  This included the awesome experience of standing on the world’s largest ice barrier – the Ross Ice Shelf, and visiting the historic huts used by Shackleton and Scott.

Sue Flood / Getty Images

I was thrilled to hear last week that a portfolio of images from my Ross Sea voyage has been selected as one of the eight finalists for the title of International Photographer of the Year – The Lucie Awards, which will be announced in New York in October 2009.   My favorite shot was the image of passengers standing on top of the Ross Ice Shelf – like tiny ants on the vast icescape – that I managed to grab as the helicopter flew out to pick them up.  However, my favourite subject from the entire three month trip had to be the emperor penguins – the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen in my life (apart from George Clooney!).

I’m looking forward to another three months in the Antarctic starting in October, but I’ll have a chance to thaw out on a three week shoot to Tahiti and Easter Island in September – I can’t wait!  It will be great to be able to pack for a trip and not include thermal underwear in my pack…

- Sue Flood

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  • Kaushik Chakravorty


    She is a great photographer and this blog was a great read, helpful.

    Thanks n regards

  • louise

    Congratulations in absentia from Susan Adie!!! (I know she’d want me to do this on her behalf.) Fantastic recognition for a wonderfully dedicated and passionate naturalist/photographer/lecturer. You deserve all this and much more, Sue! We’re all SO proud of you for bringing even more attention to the polar regions. Way to go and good on ya!
    ~Louise Adie

  • louise

    Oh…Susan’s on the Shokalskiy in the Arctic for 2 weeks. I’ll share this with her when she returns! Great photos!!!

  • Jocelin Kagan

    FANTASTIC AND WELL DONE SUE – I am sure that is me on the Ross Ice Shelf :)

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    It is a nice collection of pics, your blogs is such a wonderful..
    I really impressed.. Congrats for winning the award.

  • Lisa Attfield

    Congratulations on the good news Sue, and a long time in coming. You deseve these awards more than any other photographer I know. Your photographs are so dramatic and you continue to amaze me with the images you capture . Well done and good luck at the Lucie Awards in October, Lisa Attfield, Canon UK

  • Sue Flood

    Thanks to everyone for their kind, and hugely appreciated, comments!
    Great to hear this lovely feedback, and thanks for taking the time and trouble to view my images and blog, and to comment.

  • Scott Kurttila

    Fantastic news, Sue! So happy for you and best of luck in the next round if competition! Hope you enjoy Tahiti and Easter Island, can’t wait to see photos from there. Looking forward to hopefully joining you in Antarctica if possible! Cheers and thanks again for the news. Cheers!

  • George Clooney

    Well done, Sue! I thought the Emperors were pretty cute too!