Travel Photography Masterclasses at InterContinental Hotels

I am running a series of Masterclasses at InterContinental Hotels this autumn. Next up is Paris this coming weekend 2nd and 3rd November.

The events are free of charge and available to guests staying on the InterContinental Hotel Weekend  Escapes Package. Pre-booking is essential via www.intercontinental.com/weekendescapes and there are just a few places left.

Each day starts with a meeting over coffee at the hotel where we explore some ideas and ways of looking which will hopefully bring a new perspective to guest’s travel and holiday photographs. Then armed with expert location tips on the cities hidden gems from the hotel’s concierges, guests are free to explore the city and put some of the ideas we’ve discussed into practice. Later in the day, I meet up with the guests in the city at a pre-arranged time, look at some pictures and have some one-to-one time photographing the city and I shoot some portraits of the guests at our chosen location. In the evening there will be another opportunity to look at the work we’ve done during the day and talk further.

The first session in London last month was great fun despite the pouring rain and heavy grey skies (it did give us opportunities to look at shooting in bad weather – see one of the guests series of St Pauls below) and the next two are Paris le Grand: 2/3 November and Dusseldorf 30 Nov/1Dec.

For more information please email: WeekendEscapesExperience@ihg.com

Here’s a few pics (some mine, some guests) from the first weekend in London….

It would be great to see you in France or Germany.

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Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Had a lovely evening at the Travel Photography of the Year Awards Ceremony and Private view last week.

The show is being held at the Royal Geographic Society in London from 12th July – 18th August and a private view was held in the gardens on a lovely sunny evening last Wednesday. The 300 guests were treated to some special whisky cocktails courtesy of Cutty Sark and although I was dashing off later that same evening for a 5 day shoot in Wales, I did manage one and it was delicious. Cutty Sark and Appletize – perfect for these warm summer evenings. If you think you don’t like whisky, try it.

The show was organised by Chris and Karen Coe and their team at TPOTY and the prints were made by Steve at Genesis Imaging in West London.

The presentation took place in the Ondaatje Theatre and we were treated to a lovely slide show of winners and other entries over the 10 years of TPOTY – I must say that seeing the standard of the other photographs in the film and on display made me very honoured to have been selected as the winner. You can see a selection and hear the judges here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23226029

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…and met some lovely people from all around the world.

I was especially pleased to have the chance to meet and say congratulations to Sam Fisch who was over from New York City for the opening. Sam was presented with his trophy for Young Travel Photographer of the Year, an award he won for a beautiful set of pictures of horses and cowboys shot in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Well done to him. If he’s this good when he’s fifteen……

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Final thanks to Wayne Pilgrim, my assistant who took the pictures above whilst he was with me on the evening so that we could make a sharp exit west – It was well after midnight when we arrived and I had him climbing the Brecon Beacons the next morning in 30°C – I think he’s still talking to me.

Coney Island, NYC

With all the British-ness of the Scooter Club, here’s some pictures from the US a couple of weeks back. Had an afternoon off in New York City and took the subway out to Coney Island for some clams and fries. I love it out there out of season when the fairground is closed midweek. What a joy to wile away a few hours on the boardwalk in the sunshine…

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More from “The Scooter Club”

A few new pictures from The Scooter Club series. Great location at an old RAF hanger, big thanks to all the guys who came out with their bikes on a day that finally felt like summer.

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Rockabilly Nights

A few images from a new personal project Rockabilly Days/Rockabilly Nights.

First the nights….

Rockabilly, it seems, is alive and well and living in Liverpool – all pictures shot on location at Camp and Furnace as part of the Action Packed Rockabilly Extravaganza

Thanks to Mike Badger, the main man, who agreed to me taking over one end of the venue for my impromptu studio.

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Travel Photographer of the Year 2012

I am delighted to be awarded the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2012 from an outstanding field of photographers worldwide. My thanks go to the judging panel, a hugely respected group of photographers and industry professionals whose work I admire. To have my photography selected as Overall Winner from the highest quality international competition is an immense thrill.

http://www.tpoty.com/winners/2012

Regular readers of this blog will have seen the images in previous posts, but here’s a little reminder…

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