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 & past exhibitions and events please see EVENTS PAGE


I undertake commission work for various organisations, see the LOCATION photography page for a sample of galleries. I have many images of the Maldon District and Dengie used on the Visit Maldon District website and the tourism office's in-house publications such as the District Guide, calendar and articles in various magazines including the Maldon Life Magazine.

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

Mar 2018 - Epping Forest Focus Spring Edition, pages 12 & 13

Mar 2018 - Epping Forest Guardian 7 March 2018

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

Jan 2018 - Forest Leaves Spring 2018 - Newsletter of Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers, Front Cover and Page 3

Jan 2017 - WRENS Conservation Group Autumn/Winter Magazine

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

Nov 2017 - BBC London News TV Interview

Nov 2017 - The Times 2nd November 2017 Pg 19 1/3 page

Oct 2017 - East London & West Essex Guardian

Oct 2017 - Guardian Country Diary (23rd Oct edition - image to accompany J Dagley's writing online version)

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

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

Jul 2017 - East London & West Essex Guardian

Apr 2017 -  Chingford Times

Apr 2017 - Richmond & Twickenham 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 (re IGPOTY 9)

Feb 2016 - Writtle University College Press Release

Feb 2016 - Blackmore Vale Magazine

Jan 2016 - Pro Arb Magazine

Sep 2015 - Forest Matters Magazine (feature)

Apr 2015 - Forest Matters Magazine (front cover)

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