Read the biography of Sue Flood
Sue Flood is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, 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 Antarctica and is one of the very few women who chooses to return again and again to Earth’s harshest and most demanding environment.
Her first visit to the Poles happened more than 20 years ago while making nature television documentaries. A Durham University zoology graduate, Sue spent 11 years with the BBC Natural History Unit, working on series including The Blue Planet and Planet Earth as well as the Disneynature movie Earth with Sir David Attenborough.
Her adventures in the Arctic and Antarctic have included camping at -40°C in the Arctic winter, diving with leopard seals, working on Russian icebreakers on trips to the North Pole and Antarctica, living with Inuit hunters on the floe edge and camping for over a month in the Weddell Sea in the most southerly emperor penguin colony.
Sue also thaws out occasionally by guiding safaris and other photography trips around the world, including Madagascar, the Galapagos, Zambia, Japan, Canada and Chester Zoo, and loves teaching others to make the most of their camera, whatever their experience level.
Her new book Emperor – The Perfect Penguin with a foreword by Michael Palin, was published in September 2018 and was runner-up in the best Nature book category in the International Photography Awards.
She has appeared on screen for the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic; been featured on the series Cameramen Who Dare and has had images in National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Geo and other distinguished publications. She has won multiple awards in competitions including Travel Photographer of the Year, International Photographer of the Year, International Garden Photographer of the Year, the International Conservation Photography Awards (Best of Festival), and a Royal Photographic Society Silver Medal.
Sue is a member of the Explorers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and, in recognition of her photographic achievements, met Her Majesty The Queen during a special Adventurers and Explorers event held at Buckingham Palace.
When she is not in some far-flung location, Sue lives with her husband Chris in North Wales.