Sue Flood on location with Nenets reindeer herders in Siberia

Sue Flood is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, zoologist, adventure travel leader and public speaker. Her work takes her all over the world but she has a special passion for the wildlife and icy beauty of the Polar regions and is one of the very few women professional photographers who returns again and again to Earth’s harshest and most demanding environments.

Her first visit to the Poles happened during her 11 years in the BBC’s prestigious Natural History Unit, working on such global hits such as The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, with Sir David Attenborough; on National Geographic and Discovery Channel co-productions and on the Disney nature movie Earth.

Since then, Sue’s travels as a photographer have taken her to hundreds of destinations on all seven continents and found her camping at -25°C amid penguins, capturing rare scenes in the African bush, living aboard Russian ice-breakers; exploring the vast Pantanal wetlands of Brazil, guiding trips to exotic parts of Asia and seeking out spirit bears in North America.

Sue was born and brought up in Wales and attended The Queens School, Chester before gaining a zoology degree from the University of Durham.

In 2019, Sue was made an Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).

When she is not in some far-flung location Sue lives with her husband Chris Graham in North Wales, UK.


Sue’s image 'Big Blue Berg' was the winner of the Earth Photo 2019 'Place' category

In 2019 Sue was the overall winner of the 'Place' category in Earth Photo 2019, with her image from Antarctica 'Big Blue Berg'.

Sue's many accolades include multiple awards in the International Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year, and International Garden Photographer of the Year competitions; the Art Wolfe (best in festival) Prize in the International Conservation Photography Awards and a Royal Photographic Society silver medal. She is also a member of the Explorers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was among a select band invited to meet HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace at an event celebrating Explorers and Adventurers.


Emperor: The Perfect Penguin
Cover for Emperor: The Perfect Penguin

Images and insights from Earth’s coldest places are collated in her two books – Cold Places, showcasing a rich variety of Polar people, wildlife and scenery, and the latest – Emperor: The Perfect Penguin – in praise of her favourite bird and its Antarctic home.

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Sue Flood is an accomplished and engaging public speaker, with experience of presenting to a wide variety of audiences including major international banks, businesses and law firms; high net worth charity donors; schools and universities, book festivals, adventure travel and photography shows, conservation gatherings and at events empowering women/girls. She always tailors her talks to suit her listeners and can vary the content/ style to entertain, enlighten, teach, inspire &/or motivate.

To find out more, or book a talk, please email: info@sueflood.com

Guided Trips

Many people enjoy taking trips with Sue Flood, some of them, like Michael Palin, famous travellers in their own right!

Sue leads photography tours to many different places, bespoke arrangements for private parties or small groups. To find out about upcoming opportunities, please see the Trips & Events or email info@sueflood.com.


Sue Flood runs a wide range of workshops for photographers of all levels

Sue Flood regularly leads beginners, improvers and advanced wildlife photography events, both for adults and young people, in the UK, abroad and at sea. To find out about upcoming opportunities, please see Trips & Events. To ask about hosting a workshop, please email info@sueflood.com.