Dereham self-taught photographer has international success with Canon

PUBLISHED: 10:03 27 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 27 March 2015

Photographer Jamie Hall at Oxford Circus where his photos were used as part of Canon's advertising campaign.

Photographer Jamie Hall at Oxford Circus where his photos were used as part of Canon's advertising campaign.


When Jamie Hall got an email from one of the world’s most well-known camera companies on April 1, he could be forgiven for thinking it was an April Fool’s joke – but little did the self-taught photographer realise it was the beginnings of what has seen his work shown to millions of people across the globe.

The former Litcham School pupil, who grew up in Wendling, near Dereham, secured a deal with Canon after he won a title at the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

For five months he set up camp at a London housing estate in the middle of the night to capture exclusive images of deer wandering in from the hinterlands during the hours of darkness.

The photos were used as part of Canon’s “come and see” advertising campaign in the run up to Christmas and were used at London underground stations, Picadilly Circus, on television adverts and across Europe and western Asia.

Mr Hall, who has now been asked to be one of the judges for the British Wildlife Photography Awards, said he was still getting his head around how widely his photos were used and cannot believe how his photographic career has taken off.

The 36-year-old, who now lives in Suffolk but whose parents still live in Dereham and Wendling, will return to his home county next month to give a talk at Dereham Photographic Club.

He said he was looking forward to returning to where his passion for photography began.

“It’s good. I was a member of Dereham Photographic Club very briefly to start with before I moved and I still do an awful lot of my photography in Norfolk,” said the former fisherman who sold all of his fishing equipment to focus on photography.

“From my fishing days and from growing up in the country, I know where to find wildlife – I used to take photos of adders at Hoe and kingfishers in the River Wensum and badgers near Beetley.

“I left school with nothing as such and worked as a painter and decorator up until three or four years ago. I don’t know how long it will all last but I’m really enjoying it and I’m really going for it.”

Mr Hall will speak at Dereham Photographic Club’s meeting next Thursday, April 2, at the Methodist Church Rooms in Toftwood. The meeting starts at 8pm. All welcome. Entry costs £2.50 including tea, coffee and biscuits.

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