Wildlife in the spotlight

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AYTON wildlife photographer Steve Race is taking part in a joint exhibition at Bridlington Spa next week.

As a warden at the RSPB reserve at Bempton cliffs and Flamborough, Steve has plenty of time to indulge in his twin passions of ornithology and photography.

Opening on Monday, the Coastal Images exhibition also features the work of East Riding photographers Jean Illingworth, Trish Watson, Helga Princz and Lynne Wilson, and the winning entries from a photography competition run by local schools. It runs until 4 June.

As part of the exhibition, Steve will be running a wildlife photography workshop on bank-holiday Monday, 30 May, at the RSPB reserve. To book, ring Steve on 07767 761260.

Steve had a keen interest in wildlife at an early age, and in particular the life of birds. He joined the Young Ornithologists Club in 1980 and an interest soon became a passion.

Steve says: “My biology teacher, Terry Hobson, helped me get to the next level and introduced me to wildlife photography. In 1985 I bought my first SLR camera, a Zenith E. It was a film camera and I took some great pictures with it. The digital era of photography is an unbelievable transition that has evolved. The quality of the cameras, lenses and what you can achieve now in post-production is just endless, with the resulting image far more superior than what I tried to create in the early eighties”.

Steve’s images have been used by the RSPB and the National Trust and he has had work published in several magazines and publications.

He often stages exhibitions at Bempton cliffs and delivers a variety of workshops and talks. Steve has a website at www.steverace.com and keeps a blog at www.racebirding.blogspot.com.

Steve will be exhibiting his images on the Red Bus Gallery at Burton Agnes Hall with local landscape photographer Ian Meek from 22 July to 4 August.