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WIGAN 10 Foto Club – FIAP Club’s WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS 2012, 2013 and 2014 . Myths and Rumours explained…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

FIAP WORLD CUP 2nd place Silver Medal

It never ceases to amaze me how far and wide myths and rumours circulate, especially concerning my photographic club WIGAN 10.

On my travels I have met fellow photographers in all corners of the world. On the Galapagos Islands, in Japan , Australia, regularly on the plains of the Massai Mara in Kenya and even inside the Arctic circle and whenever the topic of club photography comes up someone always says to me Oh! You are from Wigan 10! You have to be invited to join that club.

This happened to me again recently, so I have decided to write this short blog to clarify some Myths and Rumours regarding WIGAN 10 Foto Club, the current FIAP Club’s World Cup Champions. (The Little Owl image shown with this post was awarded 2nd place and a FIAP Silver medal in the 2014 World Cup competition).

WIGAN 10 – Membership is by invitation only. WRONG – JUST APPLY. I applied back in December 2007 and joined the club in January 2008.

WIGAN 10 – Is a club with only 10 members. WRONG – We currently have 11 members and since I joined we have had as many as 15 at any one point in time. Meeting room size is a limiting factor and our current venue could accommodate around 15 people.

WIGAN 10 – Is a club for creative photographers. WRONG - I am not known for my creative photography and I am a member! I contribute wildlife and sports images and my pictures are valued just as much as any other members.

WIGAN 10 – Is based in WIGAN, Lancashire. WRONG – We currently meet in the village of Croft, near Warrington, which is in Cheshire.

Please spread this message far and wide so that the next person I meet understands that WIGAN 10, all 11 of us, are a club currently based in Cheshire. We welcome photographers of all genres including creative, wildlife and sports. Should our membership expand, we would not rename our club WIGAN 12, 13, 14 or even WIGAN 15. And, last but not least, NO invitation is necessary to join us, you just apply.

Thanks in advance for spreading the word…



BIRDGUIDES — PHOTO OF THE YEAR 2014

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

I am delighted to announce that my image of a Kestrel has been awarded

PHOTO OF THE YEAR 2014 by BIRDGUIDES.

There were around 325,000 bird images uploaded to www.birdguides.com over the last year, so for mine to be chosen from such a large pool is personally very rewarding.
Well done to all of the runners up and Highly Commended photographers and thanks to Birdguides and their judges for organising this competition. Full details can be found here:- http://www.birdguides.com/webzine/article.asp?a=4847

This image was in fact one of the very first images I took whilst testing and fine tuning my Canon 7D MK2 camera . It was coupled to a Canon 800mm lens when this picture was taken.


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RSPB Love Nature magazine, “Photo of the Issue”

Friday, October 31st, 2014

I am delighted to see my image of a Great Crested Grebe in the latest issue of RSPBs Love Nature magazine.

The RSPB often print readers images in their magazine but this particular image was selected as their “Photo of the Issue”. Apart from the obvious personal recognition, the prize that they awarded was very suitable indeed. More than 500 pounds of outdoor weather clothing including boots from Blacks in the UK.

I would like to say a great big thank you to the RSPB for selecting my image and to Blacks for sponsoring the “Photo of the Issue” prize.


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British Wildlife Photography Awards BWPA – Highly Commended Kestrel

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

I am a little bit late in communicating this news given my travels over the last few weeks…


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However, I am delighted to announce that this image of a Kestrel was Highly Commended at this years British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) in the Animal Portraits section.
The awards ceremony for the BWPA was hosted by Chris Packham on 3rd September 2014 in London. Given that I was photographing in Kenya that week I was unable to attend the awards ceremony. It was a shame that I was unable to visit in person so I will take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners and all those who had work commended and thank the organisers for their effort and time to organise these annual awards.

Earlier in the year I had decided not to enter any of the major photographic competitions. That decision was partly due to work commitments at the time and partly to take a step away from the competitive edge of photography and concentrate on what I enjoy doing most, namely taking photographs. Well, all of that changed when a certain friend and inspirational photographer Richard Peters visited for the weekend and “put some pressure” on me to enter. The deadline for the BWPA entry coincided with Richards visit, so to keep my guest happy, I duly entered…


Thanks therefore go to www.richardpeters.co.uk for the nudge. Cheers buddy…

Nature’s Best – Highly Honoured Award – WILDLIFE

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

I am delighted to have received this photography award in the post this weekend.

My image of a Galapagos Tortoise is a “Highly Honoured Winner” in the 2013 Nature’s Best Photography awards. I don’t do a lot of Black and White images so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my image printed in the 2013 Awards book together with a shiny certificate.


I am not certain if every image in the book appears in the Smithsonian Exhibition Hall in Washington DC. If you do happen to visit the exhibition then I would appreciate to know if a print of this tortoise hangs on their wall…


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