A beautiful moment in the Masai Mara, proof that a big lens is never the key to good safari photography. Many of you that follow my work will know this image and you will know that I always thought that it was something special. I am sooo glad that the judges at
believed in it and I am sooo pleased to get the award. It will be exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute next Autumn and I am planning to go Stateside to see it. I may even run a couple of US based seminars and shows too if I can find the right sponsor to help me along.
I have had a few requests for prints for this image so have added it to my online store as a Giclee or Canvas open edition. I kept it as an open edition to keep the price down. So
This image is actually one of a pair that I shot and I have always had a problem deciding which one I love more.....
It’s wider angle yes and the giraffe is smaller, but I like the way that the giraffe is dominated by the clouds. Since I could not decide I have made this into an open edition too!
You can buy the print for this one by clicking here
. I have called it Whack!!!!!
Now you don’t have to be Andy Rouse to do well in this competition, you just have to have belief and good shots. Next year’s competition opens in January 2014 so make damn sure you enter! At FotoBuzz we will be having regular competitions too but with a twist!
Earlier this Summer I achieved four highly commended awards in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year. A lot of people that follow me think that I just travel abroad and never photograph our native wildlife in the UK, well you are wrong! I love working in the UK, the challenge is getting away from everyone else! I also love supporting the BWPA, it’s great to have a competition that focusses solely on British wildlife and gives a fair chance for any of us to do well. In fact when you look at the prize winners over the past few years there have been mostly amateur photographers winning the awards, which is great for the competition and for everyone who thinks they are not good enough to enter. You are and you gotta be in it to win it! Congrats to everyone this year who did well and for Maggie for doing such a good job of organising it all again.
So here is my favourite of the 4 images, which I have entitled Big Ears!!
I just love the combination of the light and the expression, the composition works pretty well too! As with all the others I have made an open edition print for you, so once again click here
to see it.
European Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
I have always loved this competition but its sooooo tough to get anything through. My wildlife didn’t win anything this year despite getting in the finals but incredibly it was one of my landscapes that did!!!
A beautiful evening at Austfonna on Svalbard, greatly enhanced by Lee ND Grad and Polariser filters. Hand-held, no tripods, no hours of setup waiting for light, just purely a picture that was there for just a moment. I was in the right place at the right time. Proof that no matter what your chosen genre, if you understand the basics of photography then you can take anything. But don’t worry I will not become a "Two rocks in focus five miles apart" merchant!!!!!
As always this print is now added to the online store too, click here
to see it!
Little Owl Prints
As part of the promotion for the Little Owl book several newspapers have been running portfolios of my Little Owl pictures and one seems very popular indeed....
In fact several of the newspapers likened it to the John Cleese Ministry of Silly Walks! Now unfortunately I cannot show the images here as it would breach the photographer’s copyright, but click here
to see the Daily Mail page.
Now it has sparked quite a few requests for prints so I have added it to the online store, click here
as usual to see it. It’s a special gift canvas so prices are very very reasonable as it would make a fun gift for anyone!!
Little Owl Book
Wild About Animals Theatre Show
||The Little Owl book is selling very well and I have had some lovely comments about it, especially the final atmospheric portfolio. Seems that most of you have a soft spot for these lovely owls and I am so glad to have struck a chord with this book.
Some people have written to me asking why the book is not available from their local bookstore or Amazon? Well the main reason is that I like to personally sign all books to make them that extra special. It’s so nice to receive a sign book from the author isn’t it?
So signed Little Owl books are available from my online store, currently shipping time is less than a week so get your XMAS present ordered early! Click here to purchase your copy....
The first few Wild About Animals theatre shows have gone very well indeed, comments from all attending have been great and I have been feeling very relaxed on stage with all the audiences. The questions have been really superb too and this week this will take on an additional edge as Andrew James will be on stage with me at Lichfield and Stafford to ask me some very searching questions about my life as a professional photographer. Anyway tickets are going fast for all venues so please support me and book early - click here
for the main ticketing page.
Antarctica 2014 and Svalbard 2015
Our exclusive Antarctica cruise for October 2014 has now reached 70 bookings, so we only have 5 cabins left. Please do get in touch here
if you’d like to see more details about this amazing adventure.
I am about to complete the brochure for the Svalbard 2015 season, with an early season departure for our mini cruise ship M/S Quest and a slightly later one for the expedition ship M/S Stockholm. I expect details to be announced first to my Explorers Club within a week then to the general mailing list around 5 days later.
There is a good chance that we will be running some Gorilla treks in April 2014. These are a little last minute yes but we ave managed to get some permit availability to do it. Likely Andrew James will be running a 3 day trek (he has shared 5 gorilla treks with me already so is very experienced) and I may be running a 4 day trek. Please don’t ask us for details yet as we don’t have them but there is a good chance that we will do this so watch this space!
We are working hard on FotoBuzz and the website is shaping up well. I am not going to reveal any more news yet in this, when we are ready to launch we will. Andrew and I are working on a seminar for early February which will be open for all and aims to inspire you to achieve more with your photography. More news soon, I will now go and celebrate my Nature’s Best win with a few beers!