About the Photographer

Geoff is an award-winning freelance professional photographer with a special interest in nature and landscapes, and has many published picture credits to his name worldwide in books, magazines, brochures, calendars, posters, greetings cards and many others.

Photographing wild Otters in North-west Scotland

Geoff is a naturalist first and foremost. His interest in nature began in his early teens with a fascination for insects and other 'bugs', with their incredible miniaturisation, amazing variety and wonderful life-histories. As many of his insect subjects disappeared down the beaks of birds, birdwatching became a 'natural' progression.

After his school education, Geoff went on to study zoology at London University and gained a BSc degree with Honours, and it was during this time that he picked up a camera, caught the 'shutter bug' and began capturing on film the nature subjects that he saw, focusing on insects first and then - everything else(!). Gradually, his photography broadened into other areas - particularly landscapes - and photography became an important part of his life. Geoff is completely self-taught, with no formal training or education in either photography or art, learning from books and from experience.

Geoff lives in Christchurch in Dorset, on the south coast of England, and has travelled extensively throughout the British Isles and occasionally to other countries in search of nature and landscape subjects to photograph.

In his nature and landscape photography, Geoff is always looking for that little something extra that will lift an image above the ordinary, make it more evocative, more wondrous, more memorable. The effort involved is not always rewarded but when it is the miles of travelling and walking, the hours of watching and waiting, and the numerous ‘near misses’ fade into the distant memory, and the photographic spirit is renewed in the search for that next ever-elusive special image.

Otter tail
The tale of the one that got away .... (Otter diving)

Apart from his commercial successes, Geoff's most notable competition successes have been in the annual UK-based Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, the biggest and most prestigious international competition of its kind. The aims of this Competition are: "to find the best wildlife photographs taken by photographers worldwide, and to emphasise through the work of such photographers the beauty, wonder and importance of the natural world". It is sponsored by British Gas (as BG plc) and organised by the BBC Wildlife magazine and the Natural History Museum in London, and now attracts more than 20,000 photographs from over 3,000 photographers (including the 'top guns' of nature photographers) in 65 countries.

In the 1998 Competition, Geoff's photo of a Red-throated Diver on its nest and perfectly reflected in calm water (view picture) was the winner of the 'Animal Portraits' category; the Red-throated Diver (like a streamlined goose) is a rare bird in Britain, breeding only in the wild moorlands of Scotland, and a special licence is required to photograph it anywhere near its nest.

Geoff also had another picture Highly Commended in the 'Wild Places' category, a photo of a group of Shags at the base of a huge sea-cliff with giant crashing waves (view picture).

Photographing Red-throated Divers in north Scotland
(seven hours in the 'sweatbox')

In the 1997 Competition, Geoff's photo of a Kingfisher perched on one of a group of posts and reflected in the lagoon of a Nature Reserve in England (view picture) was Highly Commended in the ‘Composition and Form’ category.

In the 1994 Competition - which attracted 'only' 12,000 entries - his photo of Fallow Deer grazing beneath a Scots Pine at dusk in the New Forest in England (view picture) was runner-up in the ‘From Dusk to Dawn’ category, and in earlier years of the Competition he has won the 'All Other Animals' Category with a close-up picture of a Horse-fly and has had several other photos Highly Commended.

(Winning and Highly Commended photographs from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competitions can be seen in the books of the same title published annually by Fountain Press of the UK and the BBC).

Photographing deer in the New Forest, England

In 1999, although unsuccessful in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition Geoff was one of the finalists in the BBC Countryfile/Radio Times 'Photo 2000' Competition - which had the theme 'The Changing Face of Britain's Rural Countryside' - with his photograph of wild Scottish moorland ploughed for so-called 'tax-loss forestry' (view picture).

Also in 1999, Geoff was invited to participate in the 'Daybreak 2000' project where nature photographers around the world were invited to capture some special images of the natural world during the first morning of the year 2000. This special and unique project - which involved around 100 of the world's leading nature photographers - was created by American artist Roger Tefft  "as a means for photographers to commemorate the timeless beauty of the planet at a relevant moment in human history, and to promote wilderness conservation". The photographs now form a superb book (and travelling exhibition) called Daybreak 2000. Geoff is one of only four photographers that took part in the UK and is proud to be associated with the project, which included many of the elite of the world's nature photographers. Some of the images he produced for the project can be seen in the Daybreak 2000 gallery and one of them (view image) was selected for inclusion in the book. More information about the project and other photographers' images can be found at the Daybreak 2000  web site.

Many of Geoff's most beautiful and evocative images are now available as fine photographic prints of various sizes, and a number as Limited Edition photographic prints. Others can be seen on the ‘big screen’ at his slide presentations to nature groups, photography clubs and other interested societies. Some of his best images can now be viewed on this web site.

Geoff does not restrict his photography to nature subjects and landscapes but also photographs many other subjects including sports, transport, architecture, people, travel-related subjects, and others (see About Photo Stock Library) . Whilst still a semi-professional, he was commissioned to take all the photographs for the book 'The New Shell Guide to East Anglia' published by Michael Joseph Limited in 1990 (see third part of 'Some Published Work' page).

As well as marketing his work directly to publishers and as fine prints, Geoff is represented by various photolibrary agencies including the top international agency Tony Stone Images (incorporated with Getty Images), the Nature Picture Library (formerly BBC Natural History Unit Picture Library) and RSPB Images (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) - links to these sites can be found on the Links Page.

Geoff receiving his award from Sir David Attenborough at the
Awards Ceremony of the BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Competition at the Natural History Museum, London, in October 1998.

Photo courtesy Bill Mackenzie


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