2018 is a year that will stand out in my memory for a long time to come. In many ways it’s a year I’m happy to see the back of, as it was in february that we lost my dad to cancer. It has been a hard few months since, and I’m still processing it all. It has affected almost every aspect of my life, personally and professionally. To everyone who has offered some support in the last few months, I’m hugely grateful.
Working as a photographer has been both a cure and curse in 2018. I’ve wanted to quit more than once, but despite everything I had my most successful year to date.
I promised to keep this brief, so I will.
Workshops and guiding
I’ve had an extremely busy year of wildlife and landscape photography guiding up here in the Highlands. I enjoyed a non-stop few weeks of back-to-back workshops and tours during a beautifully wintry January and February, when my clients were treated to some outstanding light and conditions. Many of our guests came from overseas, and it was so good to see them experiencing the Highlands at their very best.
A hugely significant moment for me came in the spring, when I took over the running of Black Isle Nature Photography, who I’d been working for as a guide since 2016. I’m indebted to the very excellent James Moore for everything he’s taught me along the way (and for all the tea and bad jokes).
I had another very busy summer running the pine marten photography hide on the Black Isle. It was the most successful season yet, with 95% of guests getting photos of martens in daylight. (I’m now taking bookings for summer 2019 btw…)
Published work/magazine articles
I was fortunate to have my work published in mutiple publications again this year – in books, magazines and newspapers. Some highlights included
– The opening double-page spread of Outdoor Photography Magazine.
– Opening double-page spread of two editions of The Great Outdoors Magazine.
– Articles published on UKHillwalking.
– Images printed in numerous national newspapers including The Times.
– A double-page spread in BBC Wildlife Magazine.
– Images published in 4 national photography awards books.
The big event for me on this front in 2018 was winning a category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards. I’d had images Highly Commended in the competition for the past 2 years but never thought this would happen. I was amazed by how much attention it brought, and I’ve directly gained a fair amount of work through it.
Other awarded images
– Landscape Photographer of the Year – Commended.
– The Scottish Landscape Photography of the Year – Commended
– The British Wildlife Photography Awards – Highly Commended (alongside category winner)
– Scottish Nature Photography Awards – Finalist
My relationship with my own photography has gone through many peaks and troughs this year, so instead of explaining it all I’ll simply leave you with some of my favourite images of the year.