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Susan Smart

As a child growing up in Bury St Edmunds, Susan had a great love of art, in particular painting. As she could only paint from images, her art teacher suggested that she take her own photos and use the images to paint from, and that is how she fell in love with photography.

She then studied photography at university, and after gaining her degree, began working on various premier cruise liners, combining two of her main passions: travel and portrait photography. She then moved to London, gaining great experience in a variety of different fields, including product and design photography; during this time her photographs were featured in ‘Vogue’ and in travel guides. She was also the official photographer for the London Design Festival for a number of years.

Susan loves to travel, and during one of her trips she volunteered as a photographer at Kalinga Eye Hospital in India, where her winning image was taken. It was here her passion for medical photography began, and on her return she successfully acquired a position as a medical photographer in the Health Creatives unit at University College London, based at the Royal Free Hospital. Since then she has won awards for her work, including the Institute of Medical Illustrators’ Peter Kilshaw Student Award and both gold and bronze awards at the IMI annual image awards. Along with her team, she photographs over 6,000 patients a year and is involved in documenting research and clinical trials.

Away from work, Susan has jumped out of a plane and completed the London Marathon for charity, and continues to travel (with her camera of course).