Northampton graduate travelling to other side of the world for photography masterclass

A graduate from the University of Northampton will travel to the other side of the world in a once-in-a-lifetime mission to document ‘the most staggering wildlife show on the planet’.

Aurélie Walder will travel 8,000 miles to the hostile environment of South Georgia for a 19-day expedition led by acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt.

She will spend her time on the South Atlantic island documenting the half-a-million resident king penguins, elephant seals, albatross and other sea birds.

Aurélie, who graduated from the University’s Photography course in July, was one of a select few to be chosen for November’s expedition, after she won a prize draw at a photographic exhibition.

The trip to the island, which has been dubbed the location of ‘the most staggering wildlife show on the planet’, will see Aurélie hone her skills as she seeks to forge a career as a wildlife photographer.

Aurélie said: “I don’t really know what to expect on the expedition, but I cannot wait to see the different species on the island.

“My dream job is to become a BBC wildlife photographer, so to be able to learn from Nick Garbutt is an amazing opportunity for me.”

The trip won’t be the first time Aurélie, who comes from Switzerland believes the power of photography can help to change things for the better.

Since graduating, Aurélie has had time to reflect on her time at Northampton, where she spent a year topping up her college qualifications to a full degree.

She said: “As soon as I arrived at the University I knew it was the right place for me - the people interviewing me took a real interest in my portfolio and my future career.

“The course itself was better than I could have imagined. I was able to develop my skills and had amazing lecturers.

“I now feel fully equipped for the profession.”