© Alma Leaper Photography
© Alma Leaper Photography

Alma Leaper MA


Specialist areas:

Qualified Teacher of Photography/Art & Design

(GCSE/AS/A2 Level)

Graphic Design

Digital/Film/Video Photography 


Foundation & Graphic Design

BA First Class hons: Asian/African Art & Archaeology

MA dist: Chinese Art & Archaeology


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Alma studied Graphic Design at Cardiff College of Art, following a Foundation and introduction to Photography. She has worked as a Graphic Designer & Account Manager in Advertising and has been involved in the design of corporate identities; book layout; finished artwork and brochure design. She worked on the annual product-launches for Nikon UK and specialising in Photography, Alma has worked as Creative Director on photo-shoots of all genres.


Alma developed her interest in other cultures, by returning to study - Asian/African Art & Archaeology at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London University and achieved a First Class BA hons, followed by an MA with Distinction. Her PhD research proposal on the relationship between Image & Text in Art/Photography was curtailed, following her experience of working at schools in Harbin, North China, for, on her return, she found she missed teaching and working with young people. She then changed track and completed a PGCE at Canterbury University.


As a qualified Art/Photography Teacher since 2007, Alma has taught GCSE and AS/A2 level Fine Art/Photography at schools in Kent and was Head of Photography from 2007 - 2015 at Homewood School & Sixth Form Centre. She was also an OCR Moderator on A Level Art & Photography.  


Working in different genres of photography, providing imagery and examples to help students’ individual needs, her personal passion for photography has always been centred on Wildlife.




“In August 2014, I was offered a chance to combine my passion for animals, education and photography by leading photography workshops at The Big Cat Sanctuary, Smarden.  From my research of Asian & African cultures and the more recent attempts to refocus objectives towards the conservation of species, I find working at BCS - where the mission is to “be recognised and respected as one of the best breeding centres in the world” – immensely rewarding.  The Photography workshops and experiences help considerably towards funding, enabling BCS to operate as a 'Centre of Excellence, dedicated to the captive breeding of critically endangered Big Cats within the EEP'


In my photography, as in my Art, I explore the difference between looking and seeing. The camera is a useful tool, helping you see the world in more detail.  On a photography workshop, you will experience our individually amazing cats at a close, yet safe, distance. I have great respect for them all and over time, I have built up a great rapport with all of them. I will encourage  you to look, see and appreciate their unique characteristics.


On a Photography Workshop, my aim is to help you achieve, with whatever level of equipment, the best image of each cat you see on the day. I will offer advice on camera settings, exposure and composition and how you position yourself - for, in the words of Ansel Adams

“ A good photograph is knowing where to stand"


I will endeavor to position each cat within the most natural areas in their enclosure. I will help you consider the best camera settings to avoid any distracting background and to help avoid the mesh. Ultimately, I am sure you will achieve a great photographic record of the day.


I just know you will enjoy your day at The Big Cat Sanctuary and leave with lots of happy memories."



Alma Leaper Photography


Lead Photographer:


The Big Cat Sanctuary 

Headcorn Road



TN27 8PJ 


In-House Photography Workshops

Individual & Group Tuition - all levels of experience welcome.

GCSE & A Level Tuition



Tel: 07834735066 






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