Marion Sidebottom

Photographer & Artist, MA, ARPS, RHS Silver Gilt


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 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". 

In 2018 I was awarded my Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).


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

TQUK Level 3 Award in Education & Training (RQF)


2019 RHS Silver-Gilt Medal at the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show, London for Portfolio 'The Diversity of Beech Trees'

2019 RPS Creative Eye Group Exhibition Commended for Projected Image

2018 IGPOTY Action Oak Category 'Celebrating Our Oaks' - 2nd Place 'Ancient Oak Reflection', Finalist 'On the Edge of Black-a-Tor Copse' & Highly Commended 'Great Windsor Oak'

2018 ARPS - Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society - Member Profile

2018 BWPA 'Ancient Beech & its Fungi' shortlisted in 'Habitats' Category 

2017/2018 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"

2016 LRPS - Licentiate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS)

IGPOTY 10 Monochrome Photo Project, Commended  'Kew Greenhouse Puddle'

IGPOTY 9, Greening the City Category, Finalist  'Brisbane Street Tree' and Highly Commended    'Reach for the Sky'

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

IGPOTY 2nd Place Celebrating Our Oaks

B1 Ancient Oak Reflection IGPOTY Action Oak 2nd Place


I undertake commission work for various organisations which are used in many publications, websites and media campaigns. An example is my work for Maldon District Council's Tourism Office Visit Maldon District website and their publications such as the District Guide, calendar and articles in various magazines  and including the Maldon Life Magazine.

My work has been featured in both National and local newspapers and magazines see below


5th May 2021 - Interview by Sonia Watson on BBC Essex


Cover of Woodland Trust Calendar 2021

Woodland Heritage Journal 2020 - 4 page article 

Covers of 4 RHS Garden Workshop Brochures for 2020


9th Sep 2019 - Commission for Woodland Trusts Tree of the Year, trees photographed were Twisted in Norfolk and the Colchester Castle Sycamore

Print versions of The Guardian, Daily Express & Daily Mail

Woodland Trust Tree of the Year 2019 Nominations Website

The Guardian Online Gallery

The Telegraph

The Times

BBC News Online

ITV News Online - Norfolk or Essex could claim Tree of the Year 2019

MSN News

Country Living

Prolandscaper Magazine

East Anglian Daily Times

Thetford & Brandon Times

Daily Gazette & Essex County Standard

RPS Creative Eye Group Magazine No. 79 pgs 9, 14, 15 & 30

Maldon & Burnham Standard 27 Jun 2019 pg 18, Images for article on Burnham Art Trail Online Version

Paul J King Website re Burnham Art Trail

Royal Photographic Society Journal, January  2019/Volume 159/Number 1/pg 12


BBC Radio 3, Free Thinking, Trees of Knowledge 18 Dec 2018 Panel interview with Peter Wohlleben, Luke Turner and myself. Also credited image on iplayer website. You can listen via the link, programme is 45 minute long

Broadleaf No 95, Winter 2018 pg 4-5 Woodland Trust

Epping Forest Guardian 27 November 2018

Daily Telegraph 27 November 2018 pg 10 Link to Online Version

Maldon & Burnham Standard, 6 September 2018, pgs 20 & 21, article about Carrs Flour

Westbury Garden Rooms Illustrated Blog Post  'Let There Be Light' 19 July 2018

Epping Forest Focus Spring Edition, pgs 12 & 13

Epping Forest Guardian 7 March 2018

Royal Photographic Society Journal, March 2018/Volume 158/Number 3/pgs 228-230, Members Feature

Forest Leaves Spring 2018 - Newsletter of Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers, Front Cover & pg 3


WRENS Conservation Group Autumn/Winter Magazine

Arb Magazine Issue 179 Winter 2017 - Images in '20 Years in Epping Forest' article - J Dagley

BBC London News TV Interview

The Times 2nd November 2017 pg 19 1/3 page

East London & West Essex Guardian

Guardian Country Diary (23rd Oct edition - image to accompany J Dagley's writing online version)

Ancient Tree Forum Online Newsletter (ATF Conference group image)

Arb Magazine(3 page feature about Epping Forest Artist Residency)

East London & West Essex Guardian

Chingford Times

Richmond & Twickenham Times


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

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

The English Garden Gallery of IGPOTY Greening the City 1 August 2016

Express Gallery of IGPOTY 10 - Monochrome Photo Projects

Guardian Cities Article (re IGPOTY 9)

Writtle University College Press Release

Blackmore Vale Magazine

Pro Arb Magazine


Forest Matters Magazine (feature)

Forest Matters Magazine (front cover)

Writtle University College Press Release 

Forest Stewardship Council Photography Competition Results 2014

Tree of the Year Nominations 2019


IGPOTY Collection 12, pg 159  

Celebrating Our Oaks, pgs 8, 18 & 19, 2018, Garden World Images

IGPOTY Collection 9, pgs 60 & 61, 2016, Garden World Images

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