ViewBug community member Jellyfire was awarded the honor of being the Wildlife Photographer of the year in 2014. Read what he has to say about his photography and get inspired.

Tell us a bit about yourself, how do you describe your photography style?

I would describe myself as a keen amateur photographer, landscapes are my passion, but I like to try my hand at other genres as often as possible. Rather than recording a scene as naturalistically as possible, I strive to convey some emotion into my shots, whether that be drama, melancholy or just the sense of being there I felt at the time. Working full time, and being the father of a 2 and 4 year old boy, means that my opportunities for shooting tend to be fairly restricted to getting up at unearthly hours to shoot at sunrise, and then heading back to work, or to spend time with my family.

Can you share three tips, how do you find the right location and lighting?

If I were to pass on 3 pieces of advice to fellow photographers they would be:

1. You make your own luck with light, you may have a few futile attempts, but if you are in the right places at the right times often enough, the chances are you will be rewarded with some beautiful moments of light, and there is nothing quite like it when it happens.

2. Look around you, there are great photographs waiting to be taken in the most unlikely places. You don't always need a spectacular vista to take a great landscape shot, sometimes a pebble on a beach or a patch of light in the trees is all you need.

3. Practice. Im a strong believer that photographic vision is a skill you can improve and enhance. The more you head out with a camera, the more you will see, and the better your photographs will become. You could shoot in your garden 15 days in a row, and on the 15th day you may see a shot that you would never have even noticed on your first.

Do you have a favorite location and time of the day to shoot?
My favourite locations would be Shingle Street as mentioned earlier, and Happisburgh, a coastal village in Norfolk. There is a great lighthouse there, and a whole array of historic sea defences which are failing to stop the coastal erosion there, but make for some great images. Due to other commitments I rarely shoot at any other time than an hour or so either side of sunrise, but this suits me perfectly as there is nothing to compare to the ethereal light you can find at this time of day. I'm never happier than when stood somewhere beautiful as the first hints of colour or light start painting the sky.

When did you start taking photos and what inspired you to get started?

As a graphic designer by profession, I've always had an interest in photography, but I only really started taking images myself when I moved out of London to East Anglia, a more rural area of England 3 or 4 years ago. I love the countryside and nature, so I was inspired to pick up a camera again, practically for the first time since leaving art college back in the days before digital photography was even conceived of. I knew the basics of apertures and shutter speeds etc, and knew what I wanted to shoot, but was struggling to take images which I was happy with. Then my wife bought me a half day workshop with a local landscape photographer as a birthday present. Without doubt this was the catalyst in allowing me to take the shots I was trying to, because it opened my eyes to the importance of light in an image. We visited a windmill on the Norfolk Broads National Park, and I composed my shot. Ordinarily I would have pressed the shutter, moved on, and then got home to be disappointed with the end result as usual. Instead of that, we stood there for nearly an hour, getting cold and wet as a raincloud moved over us. Then, for just a few seconds a break in the clouds appeared, the sun lit up the windmill against the dark sky, and the whole landscape was transformed. In the excitement I missed the shot, but it opened my eyes to possibilities and I've been hooked ever since.

What do you carry in your camera bag?

I use two Canon 5Dmkii bodies, one of which I've had converted for infrared shooting. My most used lens is a Zeiss 18mm Distagon, and I also carry a Canon 100mm f/2.8, a Canon 50mm f/1.4 and have just bought a Canon 70-200 f/2.8. In addition to that I use a Giottos silk road tripod, and would be lost without my Lee Filter system - Circular polariser, hard and soft graduated ND filters and Big and Little Stoppers.

Please share some thoughts on your ViewBug experience:

I've been a viewbug member for a couple of years now and been lucky to win a couple of competitions. I love the sheer variety of images that you can see on the site, and the fact there is always an interesting competition to enter at least once a week. It's a great way to get your work to a wider audience, and the blog features have been a good source of inspiration. I particularly enjoy reading the stories behind the making of an image, which is really adds another dimension to seeing a shot.