BIO - Marion Sidebottom

Marion Sidebottom

Photographer & Artist


I am a photographer and mixed media artist living in Essex. I grew up in the age of exciting documentary programmes such as Life on Earth by David Attenborough and Cosmos by Carl Sagan, which instilled a natural curiosity about our world and the universe we live in. I am fascinated by the cycles of life and the science behind them and am also captivated by the sheer beauty of nature from wide angle landscapes to the tiniest macro in detail. My educational background is an interesting fusion of science and art which influences the way I perceive and interpret the world through my work. I have a degree in Rural Resource Development with Environmental Issues, and a research MA from Writtle College and the University of Essex which was awarded in 2015. My Masters research took me on an incredible virtual journey around the world and through history to the current day via tree photography and helped inform my own photographic practice. In 2016 I was awarded my Licentiate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) and I am now working towards my Associateship. In 2017 I was awarded Arts Council England Funding to be the Artist in Residence at City of London's Epping Forest for a year for my project called "You Can't See the Trees for the Woods".


MA by Research in Art & Design - University of Essex

BSc (Hons) Rural Resource Development (specialism in Science & Politics of Environmental Issues) - Writtle University College

NCFE Level 1 & 2 Certificates in Photography

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design with Distinction


Arts Council England Funding for year long project at City of London's Epping Forest called "You Can't See the Trees for the Woods" 2017/2018

Licentiate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS)

IGPOTY 10 (International Garden Photographer of the Year) Commended in Monochrome Photo Project for 'Kew Greenhouse Puddle' an abstract image taken in the tropical greenhouse at Kew Gardens in London.

IGPOTY 9 (International Garden Photographer of the Year), Greening the City category, Finalist &   Highly Commended

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Photography Competition 2014 Winner of 'Terrific Trees' Category & publicly voted overall winner of competition


For forthcoming exhibitions and events please see EVENTS PAGE

13-16 Jul 2017 Solo Exhibition of Ancient Tree Portraits on 2 floors of the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest

13-14 Jul 2017 - Ancient Tree Forum Summer Conference in Epping Forest

24 Jun – 2 Jul 2017 Burnham-on-Crouch Arts Trail - “Rock & Ice” Photography 

5-31 Dec 2016 – Solo Exhibition at Stortford Artwall

4 -7 Aug 2016 – RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, Essex

7-8 Jul 2016 – Ancient Tree Forum Summer Conference in Dorset

May 2016 - RPS Anglian Region Print & DPI Exhibition

25 Feb 2016 – HDR Photography Course at Springhead Trust, Dorset 2016

5 Feb 2016 (various dates & venues) – International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition 9 at Kew Gardens, International touring exhibition

5 -23 Jan 2016 – RPS Visual Art Group Annual Exhibition 

12-13 Sep 2015 – Exhibiting at Major Oak Woodland Festival at Sherwood Forest

18-19 Jun 2015 – Ancient Tree Forum Summer Conference in East Anglia

19-28 Jun 2015 – Burnham-on-Crouch Arts Trail - Mixed Media Canvasses

21-24 May 2014 - Writtle School of Design Degree Show - MA Exhibition

14-15 Jun 2013 - Writtle College Art Exhibition - Specimens


Various Dates 2016 onwards images in Maldon Life Magazine (no online version)

Aug 2017 - Ancient Tree Forum Online Newsletter (ATF Conference group image)

Jul 2017 - Arb Magazine(3 pages about Epping Forest Artist Residency)

Apr 2017 -  Chingford Times

Sep 2016 - Royal Photographic Society Creative Eye Magazine Pgs 6-7 (Sep edition)

Jun 2016 - RPS Anglian Region Print Exhibition

Mar 2016 - East Anglian Daily Times Interview Weekend Magazine (2 page spread)

Feb 2016 - Express Gallery of IGPOTY 10 - Monochrome Photo Projects

Feb 2016 - Guardian Cities Article 

Feb 2016 - Writtle University College Press Release

Feb 2016 - Blackmore Vale Magazine

Jan 2016 - Pro Arb Magazine

Apr 2015 - Forest Matters Magazine 

Sep 2015 - Forest Matters Magazine 

Feb 2015 - Writtle University College Press Release 

Feb 2015 - Forest Stewardship Council Photography Competition Results 2014


The Lonely Oaks - a self-published book documenting my photographic journey to the Mundon Oaks in Essex