My name is Rebecca Bunce and I’m a semi-professional freelance photographer based in Berkshire. I specialise in equine photography, including event and private commissions, but I also offer bespoke wedding and pet photography services. In my spare time I am an avid wildlife and landscape photographer. I have won a number of awards but my greatest achievement so far is winning the national 'Young British Wildlife Photographer' of 2016. Following on from this win I was invited to Sky News for a live TV interview with Eamonn Holmes, I was asked by BBC World and BBC South Today for pre-recorded interviews and I was featured by multiple online and and printed news outlets.
For the most part I am a self-taught photographer and I have developed an individual style to ensure that I get the best out of my camera and the subjects I am photographing. On my 12th birthday, my parents treated me to my first DSLR (a Canon EOS 1100D). My dad also has a keen interest in photography and it was his influence that allowed me to get out and about more to develop my skills as much as possible.
When I was 14 I started to enter competitions, including the Hawk Conservancy Trust photo competition. I was lucky enough to be named the overall winner of this competition at the age of just 14 ahead of adult entries. At around this age I also entered the RSPB Wildpix competition (with a macro photo of a green shield bug) and came Highly Commended across the entire competition for my age-range. In 2016, I won the BWPA 12-18 Wildpix category, naming me the Young British Wildlife Photographer 2016. From this I went live on Sky News with the overall winner and had BBC reports filmed about my photography.
Currently I am working towards expanding my business and undertaking a variety of freelance roles. Alongside this I am volunteering as part of the Blue Cross. In this role I photograph all of the new cats and dogs that come into the shelter to help out with their rehoming process. My main focus as a photographer is to capture the moment as it happens, whether this is a bond between you and your loved one or you and your pet! I also strive to be creative in my approach while retaining a high-level of detail – this allows my photography to be clear and realistic while still being unique and memorable.