Michael Gore is a former Army officer and diplomat who spent most of his working life overseas. He has photographed wildlife in all seven continents. Though specialising in birds his wide-ranging portfolio covers all aspects of the natural world. A selection of his photographs can be viewed on his website: www.wildlife-photography.net . He has been interested in birds since schooldays and took his first photograph of a bird (a Ringed Plover) at Pagham in West Sussex in 1951. After training as a journalist, Army service took him overseas, to Cyprus and the Middle East, and in 1963 he joined HM Diplomatic Service, serving in Malaysia, Korea, Uruguay, The Gambia, Kenya and Malawi. He was Ambassador in Liberia during the civil war in 1989-90, then High Commissioner in the Bahamas and his final post was as Governor of the Cayman Islands. Since retiring he has travelled the world to photograph wildlife, going three times to Antarctica and twice to the Arctic. He has a home in the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus and spends part of the year there photographing birds, both local and migratory. He is Honorary Chairman of Birdlife Cyprus. Michael is the co-author of The Birds of Korea (with Dr Won Pyong-oh) and of Las Aves del Uruguay (with A R M Gepp), and author of Birds of The Gambia, the definitive works on the birds of these three countries. While living in Kenya he produced a best-selling guidebook: On Safari in Kenya - a Pictorial Guide to the National Parks and Reserves. This book has been reprinted three times.
He wrote the section on birds Between the Sea and the Sky for the UN publication Celebration of the Seas, Heritage for the Future, to celebrate the International Year of the Ocean. His images have been published widely and he has had several in Sir David Attenborough's Life series of books and as the Canon advertisement in National Geographic magazine.
He was appointed Associate of the Royal Photographic Society in 1979 and was awarded his Fellowship in 1986. He won the RPS Nature Group medal in 1984 and was the overall winner of the Natural History Category in the RPS International Exhibition in 1987. He introduced digital printing to the Club in 1999 and digital imaging in 2002
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