My wife and I flew to Norway for a no expense spared "Classic Round Voyage" with Hurtigruten on "The Worlds most beautiful journey". For twelve days we sailed up the coast of Norway on MS Polarlys visiting thirty four ports on route, a treat for our forthcoming Golden Wedding in September. We left Bergen in a very hot 30 deg. centigrade, crossed the Arctic Circle and eventually arrived in Kirkenes, close to the Russian border at a cold 2 deg. centigrade. We went through a violent storm on our return passage with high winds and waves up to six metres, all part of the experience! Superb photography in all weathers, beautiful scenery, very diverse, from the small islands, green fields of the coastal farms and the many fishing ports, to the wild snow capped mountainous areas of the North. Everything on board Polarlys was superb, but don't book expecting a cruise, the Hurtigruten fleet are working ships which carry passengers.
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.
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I gained the BPE3 Crown Award for achieving 100 image acceptances in National exhibitions. These exhibitions form the British Photographic Exhibition circuit.
I gained the BPE2 Crown Award for achieving 50 image acceptances in National exhibitions. These exhibitions form the British Photographic Exhibition circuit.
I gained the BPE1 Crown Award for achieving 25 image acceptances in National exhibitions. These exhibitions form the British Photographic Exhibition circuit.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.