Lesley Wood lives in the village of Stretton near Warrington in Cheshire. She grew up with a strong love of wildlife, the natural world and photography. She gained an honours degree in Applied Biology in 1986, having specialised in Ecology and Conservation and worked as a professional entomologist before changing her career to become a highly successful professional photographer. She now considers herself extremely fortunate to be able to pursue both of her passions by combining them in the world of wildlife photography.
Lesley has won multiple gold awards for her animal photography and in January 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Overall Natural World Photographer of the Year by the international professional photographer's association “The Societies” (20 x 16 print category). Lesley’s images have also reached the final round in the most prestigious photographic competition in the world, the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, her images achieving a position in the top two per cent of entries worldwide.
Lesley travels the world in search of stunning wildlife subjects to photograph. She then artistically transforms the photographs into beautiful, collectable fine art prints. She is a committed supporter of wildlife conservation charities and is supported by well-known BBC wildlife presenters on her quest to raise awareness of endangered species. All donations raised through the sale of her photograph, Jewel of the Forest, are directed to WLT's Buy an Acre project in Ecuador.