Thanks for visiting! I'm an award winning photographer based in the south east of England. I've been a winner and highly commended in competitions such as British Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year, Outdoor Photographer of the Year etc but that isn't what drives me to get out with a camera.

An interest since childhood in all things about wildlife has persisted throughout my life and together with a interest in the world around us, photography gives me the opportunity to experience, record and teach others about the amazing planet we live on.
I feel I'm a conservationist and naturalist as much as a photographer.

**Apologies for the dubious image of me amongst the bluebells !

For the techie stuff, I've been a Nikon users from my early film cameras. Though I originally started with a russian Zenith SLR followed by Olympus OM1/2's and then a Nikon FE.
My first digital camera was a Nikon D200. At the moment I'm using the following:

Nikon D4
Nikon D810
Nikon 16-35 mm f4 VR
Nikon 24-70 mm f2.8
Nikon 105mm Micro
Nikon 70-200mm VRII F2.8
Nikon 300mm F4
Nikon 500mm VR F4
Nikon TC1.4 Convertor

In addition, I use a Gitzo 3 Series tripod and a Wimberley Mk II head both of which work superbly with the 500mm. Lee filters, assorted lens covers and strange accessories make up the rest of the kitbag

I have one small and one large Lowepro backpacks. The larger is the 400AW which has proved excellent and takes my 500mm plus pretty much everything I need, including my tripod and head in the outside sleeve, for the longer trips.

Since I've started doing a few videos of some trips I've had to add more kit. The bag gets heavier when I'd like it to get lighter !! Main components are;
--Canon G7x Mark II..great little vlogging camera and does timelapses and is a useful backup for the Nikon.
--GoPro 5..waterproof and weighs next to nothing. Can be stuck to the windscreen and everywhere else !
--Mavic Pro drone for aerial stuff...thought about the need for this for a while but glad I got it as it adds a very different aspect to the videos (shots of huge beaches in the Hebrides etc). All I would say is that compulsory insurance and maybe registration is a route I agree with as hopefully that will encourage safe and sensible use of what is an amazing piece of technology.