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SUE FLOOD

Sue Flood - Photographer and Wildlife Filmmaker

Her speciality is polar and marine environments, as well as other documentary subjects.

Her clients include the BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and other private corporate organisations. Sue often works with husband, documentary and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who was one of the key cameramen on The Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

After graduating from Durham University in 1986 with a degree in Zoology, Sue joined wildlife production company 'Survival Anglia'. Then in 1993 she moved on to the BBC and spent 11 years working for their world-renowned Natural History Unit in Bristol. She was an Associate Producer on the award-winning BBC series 'The Blue Planet', and also more recently worked on Planet Earth. This took her to the Arctic, the Antarctic and the South Pacific, where she worked as a stills photographer and field assistant, supplying images for publicity for the series.

Both The Blue Planet and Planet Earth featured several animal behaviours which were filmed for the first time, and Sue obtained unique images for the series. These included killer whales attacking gray whales, polar bears hunting belugas, and eider ducks feeding in a winter polyna.

Sue has produced four films for the BBC:

  • "Polar Bears on Thin Ice" (featuring the polar bears of Hudson Bay)
  • "A Boy Among Polar Bears" (looking at the relationship between the Inuit and wildlife in the Canadian Arctic around Baffin Island)
  • “Killer Whale Special” for the BBC/Discovery Channel
  • “Life of Mammals” short on Blue Whale science

Her photographic highlights include diving with humpback whales in the South Pacific, face-to-face encounters with leopard seals in the Antarctic, filming polar bears in the Arctic, and photographing the wildlife of Namibia and Botswana.

In March 2005 Sue left the BBC to pursue her wildlife photography career. She is now a professional photographer whose clients include the BBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and private corporate organisations. Sue often works with husband, documentary and wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who was one of the key cameramen on The Blue Planet and Planet Earth.

Doug and Sue set up Tartan Dragon Ltd in 2003, their company through which they now both make their own films, shoot stock footage and continue to work with the BBC and others.

Sue says it's the dream job for someone who loves wildlife, conservation, diving, travel and photography - particularly if you're married to someone with the same passions. She also believes she is the only person to have accepted a marriage proposal when adrift on an Arctic ice floe! Hear John Peel interviewing Sue about this on the BBC Radio 4's 'Home Truths'.

Sue's images have been published in books and magazines worldwide including BBC Wildlife, several BBC books, Geo, National Geographic books, National Wildlife in the US, and the national press in the UK, USA and worldwide.

She is represented by Getty Images, Nature Picture Library and OSF, and hopes to use her photography to further conservation efforts and awareness.

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Photos courtesy of Sue Flood. Visit her Website: www.sueflood.com

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