June 2018

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, myself and my wife flew to Bergen in Norway to embark on the Hurtigruten owned ship MS Polarlys for a journey north along the coast on what is referred to as their twelve day 'Classic Round Voyage'. We sailed from Bergen to Kirkenes near the Russian Border and back to Bergen, calling at thirty four ports on route. This coastal route is known as being 'The World's Most Beautiful Journey'. We left Bergen on a very hot 30°C evening, crossed the Arctic Circle, passed the North Cape and eventually arrived at Kirkenes where it was a very cold 2°C We had the opportunity to go ashore at many ports of call including taking excursions on the Lofoten Islands where we were fortunate to see white tailed sea eagles. After leaving Kirkenes on our return passage south, we sailed through a violent overnight storm with hurricane force winds and waves up to six metres, an experience we would not care to repeat! We missed two ports of call the next day because the sea was too rough to sail into harbour. There were some superb opportunities for photography as the scenery was exceptional and so diverse, from the many small islands, the green pastures of the coastal farms and the many fishing ports that we passed, to the wild snow capped mountains of the far north. The Hurtigruten ships are primarily working ships that serve the remote communities along the Norwegian coast, a ship leaves Bergen daily throughout the year. In recent years they have increased their capacity to carry passengers and more tourists to an area otherwise remote and difficult to access via other means. A wonderful journey that I would recommend putting on the 'things to do list'.

May 2018

I had the opportunity to go on an inaugural workshop to Tuscany run by Ashley Franklin ARPS ABPPA APAGB, a long standing member of Derby City Photographic Club, and Wayne Brittle from Burton. There were six of us and we stayed in the D'Orcia Valley, a beautiful area of rolling hills, morning mists and lovely sunrises and sunsets. The location was perfect for landscape photography and we enjoyed a fantastic week visiting the local area with its olive groves, ancient towns and villages. We were fortunate to see the Mille Miglia on our final day when the drivers in their classic and vintage cars came through San Quirico where we were staying. An excellent workshop and I wish Ashley and Wayne every success in their venture.

To visit Ashley's website here

To visit Wayne's website here

May 2018

I gained the BPE3 Crown Award for achieving 100 image acceptances in National exhibitions. These exhibitions form the British Photographic Exhibition circuit.

January 2016

I gained the BPE2 Crown Award for achieving 50 image acceptances in National exhibitions. These exhibitions form the British Photographic Exhibition circuit.

August 2015

I gained the BPE1 Crown Award for achieving 25 image acceptances in National exhibitions. These exhibitions form the British Photographic Exhibition circuit.

June 2014

I gained the LRPS (Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society). This is the first of three levels of distinctions which set recognised standards of achievement throughout the world.

December 2013

My photograph 'Sunset Porth Nanven Cove' was the winner in the monthly 'Wall of Fame' section of the online 'Landscape Photography Magazine'. It appeared in the December 2013 Christmas Special Issue 34.

August 2012

My photograph 'Sunset Porth Nanven Cove' won a competition in 'Outdoor Photography' magazine titled 'Perfectly Exposed Landscapes'. It appeared in the August 2012 issue of the magazine together with another of my images 'Dragons Back Sunrise' which was a runner up.

August 2012

A friend and former member of Derby Photographic Society travelled 5500 miles round the coast of Britain in his motorhome in 2012. Roland started his journey from Dover in April completing it in June, an exceptional journey not least because for health reasons it was necessary for him to be connected to an oxygen supply 24/7. Sadly Roland passed away in February 2013.
In 2012 I transferred his daily blog and photographs into a book for him. It is available to purchase from the Blurb bookstore as a conventional book or as a free Ebook download for Apple ipads and iphones etc. Click on the following link to preview:

Travelling the Coast of Britain - Roland's Ramble

April 2012

I gained the CPAGB (Credit Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) Award for Photographic Merit. This is the first of three awards which are open to all members of Photographic Clubs affiliated to the PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) through their Federations. My Federation is N&EMPF (North and East Midlands Photographic Federation

November 2009

I have produced a book containing a selection of my Peak District photographs, some of which are not featured on my website.

The book entitled 'Landscape Images - Peak District' is available for preview below and can also be purchased from the Blurb bookstore.