I’ve entered a few photographic competitions, and have recently won the 2016 Society of International Travel & Tourism Photographers ‘Out and About’ competition ( The winning entry is below (click on it to see a larger version).

Capturing a View (The Lake District)


This shot was taken in February 2015 on a long walk in the English Lake District known as the ‘Newlands Horseshoe’ or the ‘Newlands Round’, This shot shows us nearing the summit of ‘Catbells’, and Derwent Water is the lake you can see in the image. The shot was taken just before 9am, so towards the beginning of our walk.

I have also had a number of other photographs recognised. For example, I had two pictures selected for the landscape part of the final round of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2015. Both these shot were taken in Yosemite National Park in California when I was there on a climbing trip in 2007. Click on the small images below to see bigger versions.

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Yosemite Valley, California, USA   Half Dome at sunset (Yosemite Valley, California, USA)


Two more of my pictures were finalist in the 2015 ‘Mountains of Our Future Earth’ competition – a competition run by the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI),  ‘a multidisciplinary scientific organization that addresses global change issues in mountain regions around the world through concerted efforts, diverse communication formats and various networking events’ (see here for more details). Again, click on the small images below to see bigger versions.

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Cloud-filled valleys   The Quiraing, Isle of Skye


I was also a finalist in the ‘water’ category of the 2015 Travel Photographer of the Year Award ( for the picture below. It shows a gull flying across the torrent of water that falls from the top of the waterfall: Skógafoss in Iceland. These birds seem to glide serenely in front of the violent pounding water crashing behind them.

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Gull passes in front of Skógafoss